L.E.T. (aka Les Enfants Terribles) one of the first German Street Artists (since 1992), and to this day he is active in the street shaping the image of his home city of Dusseldorf. His motives are sprayed on paper and then pasted as “Cutouts” in the world.
Welcome to StencilArchive.org, home for thousands of photographs, videos, etc. from the stencil-loving community and has been sharing negative space since 2002. How can you support this site (beyond submitting pics, videos, etc.)?
- Take a San Francisco tour. Two to choose from.
- Buy an autographed copy of my book "Stencil Nation", discounted from retail prices.
- Donate any amount to keep Stencil Archive alive.
- Find the Stencil Archives' best original photos on Instagram and flickr.
Thanks so much - Russell
Back in 2008, the Everfresh crew offered piles of hospitality for me when I visited Melbourne for the Stencil Nation tour. They also fed me pizza and beer. In the history of modern stencilism, Everfresh was at the nexus of using the tool as a new form of expression and art. Their site stencilrevolution.com went live just after Stencil Archive and instantly had hundreds more photos due to Everfresh's better design skills. If any of these artists show in your city, please support their art and offer them some food and beer. - R.
Sep 6, 12-5pm
5 Perry St, Collingwood
It's been a long while since we have written, we've been a little busier than usual but Everfresh Studio are excited to announce we're back in Collingwood!
Late last year we became homeless for the first time in our 10 year history. Luckily we had help from a few friends and were able to find a temporary home down in Abbotsford by the river, so we packed up 10 years worth of stuff and away we went.
Some BART riders may be reluctant to report crimes because they don’t want to draw attention to themselves. That’s why on Thursday, officials from the transit agency unveiled BART Watch, a free app that lets users discreetly report crimes on trains.
“It’s an app that is sort of like texting police,” said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
The app lets users take a picture or send a text to BART police rather than call 911 or rush over to an intercom at the end of a train, something that BART officials said riders often won’t do out of fear for their safety.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices and works in English, Spanish and Chinese, Trost said.
Stencil Archive just got an upgrade!
Woah. Do things look different around here? Can I now bookmark Stencil Archive on my mobile browser home screen and click anytime to enjoy the latest and greatest in negative space? Has everything changed?
Many questions with a few easy answers. Welcome to the latest version of the Stencil Archive, including all the fresh content you've grown to love over the years but with a new look. The site is now responsive, which is techy speak for "you can open in up on your iOS or Android device and flick around the site." Try it horizontal or vertical! Only the look and response to where you're looking has changed.
Yes you can bookmark the site to your mobile home screen. The site even has a new version of the logo for the icon. For iOS just follow these steps:
- Go to the page you want to save.
- Click on the bottom middlemost button, the one with the arrow shooting out of the box
- Click on "ADD TO HOME SCREEN" on the popup box
And NO NO NO.... there won't be any pop up/drop down pages asking for your email (or showing ads), kickstarters, indigogos, personal info collecting and sales, mbedded/wiggly ads, useless clickbait, or other crappy money-making schemes. If you wish to support the site, a simple donation will do (see the s/tour page for ways to contribute).
And YES YES YES.... please submit photos, links, videos, gallery openings and anything stencil-related. Here's to another 12 years of stencil fun.
Your rather specific subreddit on stenciling and all things related!
Post your cut-out templates, your results and just anything on stencil art. A subbreddit specifically for anything stencil. We love using the word stencil around here. It just rolls off the tongue so nicely. Stencil, stencil, stencil. Stencil.
Third World Press Collective just had a great talk with sometimes-stencil artist Melanie Cervantes. Melanie and her husband Jesus Barraza crank out amazing political posters for many great causes. Years ago, Jesus told me that he learned how to screen print from old school printers who called the screens "stencils" (and acutally used stencils to occasionally put the image on the screen). I first met Melanie while photographing her stencils at the old Counterpulse space.
"Brown & Proud" by Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza (Stencilada 2009)
Feminist Fistbumps: Artist Melanie Cervantes Discusses Art as Decolonial Activism
Happy Monday! This week we move the arts conversation from the East coast (remember Maribel and Cristy, who are living in Brooklyn?) back to the West coast! Here is our latest interview with California-based artist Melanie Cervantes, who donated a fierce piece to the online art auction that was curated by Chris Davila in December.
Third Woman Press Collective (TWPC): Melanie, we know you’re really busy, and we thank you for joining us this week. Let’s start off by talking about your group, Dignidad Rebelde. Can you tell us a little more about it?
Melanie Cervantes (MC): Sure! Dignidad Rebelde is a collaborative space for building community and producing art. We believe that art can be an empowering reflection of community struggles, dreams and visions. Following principles of Xicanisma and Zapatismo, we create work that translates people’s stories into art that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it.
Photo: Haight Street, San Francisco. Artist unknown.
Woah now! Years in the making, since 2002, Stencil Archive takes a slow and steady approach to the photos it archives and presents. Practically hand curated in an attempt to not post a second photo of the same stencil, this site strives to not judge any skill level, content (unless racist or pornographic), or other qualities. When it comes to street art, off and on the white walls, the stencil tool is open source, for the people, and for anyone who has an idea to cut out and paint.
Thanks for the first 20,000 photos and onwards to thousands more!
The Mission, SF, CA
Valencia St., SF, CA
Western Addition, SF, CA
Financial District, SF, CA
Haight St., Divisadero St., SF, CA
And the photo is, from Northeast Los Angeles:
As always, thanks for your support, submissions, feedback, and general stencil vibes....
Onwards to 30,000 :P