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C215 Reminds Us to Fall in Love With Stencils All Over Again

Keeping up with street art and stencil books gets a bit overwhelming, especially when a search on Amazon for "stencil graffiti books" gets a few direct hits, along with books about tattoos, comic art, and yet another book trying to make money off of Banksy.

Today, an upcoming book by C215 (here is his Stencil Archive) caught our eye on social media, mostly because it is a how-to book that appears to be made with love and full of tips, encouragement, artist stories, and all that other funs stuff Stencil Archive loves to share and spread around.

We did it with our own book "Stencil Nation", and we have had a "Make Stencils" category on this site since 2004. Searching around the web today, we saw that Tristan Manco (who may have written the first modern book about street art stencils in 2002) did it again in 2020 with his latest book "The Stencil Graffiti Handbook" (Though this is the UK publisher's link, I'm sure it's available on Amazon, etc.).

Manco
Tristan Manco's "The Stencil Graffiti Handbook" (2020)

Christian Guémy has created a similarly-titled book, "The Stencil Graffiti Manual" for 2023. Brooklyn Street Art's Jaime Rojo got an advanced copy and teased the book here

According to the BSA post, "'The book that you are holding in your hands is therefore, a manual, an inventory of techniques to be appropriated in order to get yourself started in the art, or to help you develop stenciling’s potential. Stencils have no limits and can be adapted to all styles,' says the author in his introduction."

Cyber Monday Artists Uploads

xavi in sf
Xavi's cut outs for a wall refresh on Cypress Alley in SF's Mission Dist.

Move along now if you want to buy anything! Just some free stencil pics if you dare to continue!

Spinning: WFMU

Banksy in Ukraine

M-city at the Colab Gallery

Amanda Marie at the Colab Gallery

Xavi back in San Francisco

a 2000 Faile stencil (thanks, Brooklyn Street Art)

Praxis in NYC (thanks, BSA)

Eclair in SF

Misstencil in Chinatown, SF