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Spam-Free Stencil Archive

Well, now.

I have recently gotten calls and emails from artists on Stencil Archive who were perplexed at the huge amount of comment spam that was accumulating on the Archives (Gallery in Drupal-speak). As I discussed things with my web admin, I watched the comment spam go from 900 to 1300 in a matter of days!

I just had the admin wipe all the comments from the Gallery Module (sorry, it had to be done), and I just set up Captcha, a module that makes people enter numbers when they leave comments (spambots cannot do this). Hopefully this will stop the problem (or at least slow it down until the spam-lords find a workaround).

Captcha is also set up for the comments on the other part of Stencil Archive (the post comments). Not much spam action there but now it is protected.


Happy Birthday Malcolm X: Stencil Nation Summer has Begun

In honor of Malcolm X's birthday yesterday, I decided to begin the stencil fun at Revolution Cafe earlier than planned. I was fortunate enough to have access to four portraits of 20th Century revolutionaries to stencil in front of Cuba's mural. So the fun has begun. Mark your cals for the June 6 book release part at this location (more info coming soon).

Go here for photos that show the progress of painting out these stencils on 22nd St and Bartlett in the Mission District (more public stencils will appear over the next three weeks).

Janet Attard's Stencil Nation Window Display gets a Nod

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Pages Bookstore , Art window, will have a display of my bicycle stencils
to celebrate the release of the book Stencil Nation, by Russell Howze.

Stencil Nation, will also be available for purchase at Pages Books. www.pagesbooks.ca

There will also be a table featuring other stencil and graffiti books, in Pages Bookstore.

The display, is part of Bike Month Toronto. The event takes place June 1 to June 20 2008.

Pages Books and Magazines
256 Queen St. West
Toronto, Canada

Street Art (and Stencils) at the Tate Modern

In the first commission to use the building's iconic river façade, and the first major public museum display of street art in London, Tate Modern presents the work of six internationally acclaimed artists whose work is intricately linked to the urban environment:

CSPG: We Shall Not Be Moved exhibit

Boutique; Artist Unknown; Stencil, New York, NY, ca.1983

We Shall Not Be Moved–
International Graphics on Gentrification, Homelessness & Resistance

May 22- June 8, 2008

Opening Celebration:
Thursday May 22, 2008
Wine and Music

1212 Abbott Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
Open: Thursday-Sunday 2-6pm and Friday June 6th, 2-10pm

May 14 Stencil Archive Update

More stencil photos for you all to check out.

  • Thanks to Apple's Automator app, which makes batch file formatting super easy, I just uploaded all the NYC pics from last year
  • Which means that I created a new Archive for sti(c)kman
  • And the Graffiti Research Labs at Eyebeam
  • Also got to post a new archive (of NYC pics) from Blek
  • Here are a few from SWOON too
  • Penny dropped of some Cans Fest pics
  • KVLR from Ireland gets a new archive
  • Scott Williams let me photograph some fresh, insane cut-outs
  • Here is the round up for the May Day marches in SF

Singles and small batches from

Creeping towards 10K! (this upload supported by Sonny Rollins, Money Mark, and Automator)

PS: re: the spam comments in the Archive/Gallery.... the admin is working on it (slowly). I'm aware of all the comment spam, and he knows what needs to be done. We have added spam filters on the rest of the site recently, so Gallery relief is on the way.

Tehran Sticker Combo: Call for Stickers

Tehran sticker Combo Will be the Project for late july 2008 in tehran -IRAN
The project will be in two divided parts Indoor combo board and Outdoor Bombin' the urban sildwalks .

All Street Artists Around the world are welcomed to support the Event with sending their hand made / Printed stickers for the combo.

-Send as much as you can.


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