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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: 

  1. Go to the page you want to save. 
  2. Click on the bottom middlemost button, the one with the arrow shooting out of the box
  3. 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.

Onwards to Thousands More Stencil Uploads

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
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Mission

Valencia St., SF, CA
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Valencia_St

Western Addition, SF, CA
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Western_...

Financial District, SF, CA
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/SoMa_Fin...

Haight St., Divisadero St., SF, CA
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Haight_D...

Stencil Archive: Special Artist Photo Uploads

Coming soon...

Very soon, something amazing will happen here on Stencil Archive.

It may not be what you think it will be.

But a few things it definitely will NOT BE  ::::: Stencil Archive will not: add a pop up to make you give us your email or your money ::: FUCK click-wrap agreements!!!! :::: we won't advertise on Facebook/Google/Yahoo/etc :::: NO gleaning of your information to sell to highest bidder :::: no cooperation with the authorities (well, NSA has us all beat) ::: Don't expect spam emailings or lists you can never unsubscribe from ::: no Kickstarters or Indigogos (we hurt for funds but refuse to make the squeeze pitch on you, over and over) ::: no profits from YOUR art and/or YOUR photos (so submit them now) ::: we don't care what your politics are (unless you're rascist and/or fascist) ::: we abhor click bait ::: we will not charge you $0.99+ for bloatware to put on your device ::: we won't constantly change everything and make you download apps on top of apps ::: ___________ (anything else that drives you insane about Web 2.0 and the social media meltdown)..... 

Stay tuned for upcoming surprises!

SF Banksy Tests Value of Street Art

Back when Banksy was in SF promoting his documentary, I got to meet Sami Sunchild and talk about the large rat that was on the side of her Red Vic bed and breakfast building (read about it). I introduced her to Banksy via my book as well as the artist's own. And her manager let me go onto the roof for exclusive shots of the socialist rat (see my photo below). Ever since I saw the empty space on that wall get replaced with plain wood by a work crew, I've wondered who took the rat and what it's fate was. At long last the SF Chronicle tracked the owner down. And Sami asked him to never sell it. End of story?

 

Quest to display an S.F. Banksy tests value of street art
By Evan Sernoffsky

June 20, 2014 | Updated: June 21, 2014 10:24pm

Art restorers in Santa Barbara began work last week on an unusual canvas: 10 graffiti-covered redwood boards that were ripped from the side of a Victorian home on Haight Street.

Spray-painted on the slats is a beret-wearing rat clutching a Magic Marker, the stenciled work of anonymous street art superstar Banksy, who tore through San Francisco in 2010.

Private collectors have extended six-figure bids for the piece. But a self-described "art freak" from San Francisco who owns it doesn't want to profit from the piece, and he says he can't without breaking a promise.

140 New Photos for the Stencil Archive

Thanks for the submissions! Artist and fan pics keep this project inspiring for me. Uploading tunes compliments of WWOZ and KVRX. Please support the Stencil Archive as well as public and college radio. Culture on the digital fringes!

Belgium (thanks Josiah)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/Belgium

Germany (just one, thanks Cel)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/Germany

France (thanks Josiah)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/France

Netherlands (thanks Josiah)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/Netherlands

Over 125 New Uploads to the Stencil Archive

What do April Showers bring? Less drought and more stencils…..
Thanks to everybody who submitted work for this upload.
Musika support by Piotr Kurek (Pietnastka) and WFMU for being so amazing.

Afghanistan (just one)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Middle_East/Afghanistan

Regan Ha-Ha
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Australia-AU/Australia...

Argentina (thanks Anna!)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Argentina

Brazil (thanks Chris)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Brazil

Costa Rica (thanks Monica)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Costa_Rica

El Quimico (Peru)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/The_Americas/Artists_o...

Colorado
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Colorado

Oakland and East Bay
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/California/East-Bay

Amanda Marie
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/Amanda...

>NEW< Hanksy
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/Hanksy

>NEW< Victor Gastelum
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/Victor...

Eclair (thanks Devin, Monica, Josiah)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_...

HAR2UNG
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_...

Sasquatch23 (just one)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_...

The Mission (thanks Josiah, Dave)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Mission

Valencia Street (thanks Josiah)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Valencia_St

Western Addition (thanks Esmeralda)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Western_...

Clarion Alley (just one)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/ClarionA...

SoMa and the FiDi (viva St. Stupid)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/SoMa_Fin...

The Castro with Noe Valley (thanks Josiah)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Cast...

The Upper Haight
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Haight_D...

The Tenderloin (just one)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Tenderlo...

Pacific Heights (just one)
https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Other_SF...

Editing the Ole' Stencil Archive

From time to time, I wander around the Stencil Archive photo files and make attempts to delete duplicate photos, rename files with typos, investigate text and artists, as well as other updating. Being an effort of the heart, I sometimes speed up the process of getting images online: older Hamburg and Australia files are a great example of my hasty process. Ususally this happens when I'm on the road and have little time to figure out what I photographed in stencil-rich locations.

Other times, an artist appears and becomes a repeat tagger. Eclair is a great example of this. She stencils so much, over and over, here in San Francisco, I sometimes cannot keep up and/or figure out what I already have.

Sometimes new artists show up and eventually need their own Artist Archive. Case in point: HAR2UNG here in SF (and a bit in East Bay). This artist keeps popping up in SF's Financial District via stickers. The posts are signed, but I had a hard time reading the graffiti-style name. I finally stared at it long enough to assume it is the above name, and thusly today gave HAR2UNG (HARBUNG?) an archive: 

>NEW< https://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_...

I have a few newer ones to post soon as well, and now there's an archive for him/her. 

So.... if you've bookmarked an image and can't find it, maybe search for it (sorry the PHP Gallery back end only allows searchs for filename text.... something I try to think about when I name the stencil images). And if you are curious about why I post things the way I do (what, no duplicates?), then check out my Submit FAQ:

https://www.stencilarchive.org/submit-your-photos

As always, PLEASE PARTICIPATE in this ongoing project. Without the community, this site would only have what I've found and photographed. Fortunately, this site has friends and artists who have sent images over the years making the Stencil Archive a distinct ark of art. 

Thanks as always......

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