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By Jane Perlez, New York Times
Dateline: SYDNEY, Australia
By Kirk Semple, New York Times
Published: July 9, 2004
This essay was originally written for Josh MacPhee's Stencil Pirates book. Parts of the text were used in the book's final run, but here it is in its entirety. Note: this is in no way a comprehensive history of stencil art. Hopefully it is the beginning of the artform's history.
"We need to learn how to spread the vision of liberation and life everywhere in humble, small, invisible ways. Like grass slowly growing up through the cracks in the concrete, perhaps our counterinformation can eventually sneak up on the mighty machine and topple it."
- PB Floyd, Slingshot, Summer 2003
Stencil Archive's 2003 stencil show, San Francisco, CA
Hard copy books about stencils
From Justseed's "Stencil Four" 'zine (Feb. 2001)
Another classic by Stencil Pirates author Josh MacPhee
Classic steps by Stencil Pirates author Josh MacPhee