Stencil Archive News
Photo submission thanks to: Larry Jones
Tunes: Vinyl on Danny G.’s turntable, spinning Zappa, Bowie, and XTC
Protest (just one)
Sunset District (just one)
The Castro (just one)
Western Addition (just one)
This video from 2011 was fun to watch again. Animated cut-out street art in Turkey!
A few weeks ago, Stencil Archive got secure via Let's Encrypt! and the mad minds at Mission Web Works. This means that the site is now https, with a padlock beside the website name in your browser. Going secure, we had to begin to update all our links, which don't like embedded files from non-secure http sites.
We focused on videos the past few days and they're all updated and ready for some deep watching. Our video links go all the way back to 2007, when Flash ruled and resolution was a bit lower. And there wasn't much content protected by https.
We've gone all the way back to the first video post and attempted to fix all the links. Where video links were broken, replacement videos were posted, other sources of the video were found, or the whole post was deleted. So poke around and you may find some new stencil goodness.
<<<< Environmentalists, like Honduran activist Berta Caceres, are being murdered around the world. Respect to all those who lose their lives fighting to save the natural world they live in.
Photo submission thanks to: Chris C., Alisa, Amanda, Larry Jones, and Raven
Tunes in background from: WRAS
HTTPS (Stencil Archive is secure! thanks to Mission Web Works and Let's Encrypt)
For almost 20 years, I have wandered down the Mission District's Clarion Alley (Clarion Alley Mural Project's (CAMP) new website), snapping photos of any stencils that I haven't snapped already. Back in the 1990s, Scott Williams's amazing mural of Californian animals was the main stencil presence in the one-block alley. Other stencils never really showed up there, and Williams's panel was the defining style in the City. Back then, Clarion Alley didn't have much in the way of art, tags, etc. that surrounded the amazing murals. The pavement wasn't painted either. It was a clean-looking street that happened to have large panels of art. I still walked down all the time, staying on the hunt for new stencils.
As the 2000s began, public art developed into new forms, ideas, styles, and attitudes. This was before Banksy blew up, before the terms "street art" and "Mission School" were used. Murals weren't being documented by digital cameras and put on social media sites for the world to see. Social media wasn't a term, and barely a platform that could support photographs. Before the Internet blew up, CAMP kept painting walls in the Mission, even outside their namesake street. They had been since 1992, and, as the world connected on the Internet, the world began to discover CAMP.
I promise you all, I'll do my best to answer your questions and quench your curiosities. Meanwhile, a teaser of a slide that may just say it all... or be as thing as the paint pigment upon a cinder block wall. - Russell
APR. 23: BANKSY DOES NEW YORK + HOWZE's STENCIL NATION +
Possibly the world's leading expert on sidewalk stencils, street art, and the Artist Known As Banksy, Russell Howze returns to SF from an international tour behind his Manic D Press publication Stencil Nation, to throw up/down a crucial visual lesson on the illegal public art of Banksy. Focusing on the Greatest Hits from his SF blitz some years back, Howze’s obsessed slide-show spills the beans on the local battle between “vandalism” and the Art world, and so sets up Chris Moukarbel’s hour doc on Banksy’s more recent, uh, “residency” in NYC. ALSO: Pussy Riot’s new music video Refugees In, shot at Banksy’s Dismaland site, and funky chunks of our own Mission School art-crimes, including clips of Twist, Margaret Kilgallen, and Bill (Bozo Texino) Daniel, whose signed(!) 847 photozine is again available, a collab with local graf-art periodical Hamburger Eyes.
Other Cinema shows films every Saturday at ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia (@ 21st). Showtime 8:30pm, admission* $7.
<<< SMiLE in Boulder, CO
Thanks to folks who sent in pics: CC, J Buse, Larry, Josiah
>NEW< In the streets with SMiLE (Boulder, CO)
>NEW< About Ponny (Italy)
Blek (just one)
One from Cali
One from Indiana
One from Ohio by Jubilee
Swoon in SF
New NIZ mural in SF (collab with Agana)
fnnch (just one)
In the Mission
One on Valencia
Two here and there in SF
<<< Zabou in Berlin (photo by TXMX)
Just got the annual submission from Hamburg legend TXMX. Managed to process them all and upload the majority of them tonight. He snapped pics in Italy, Berlin, and Hamburg. Code sent some our way and a few others from Europe are in this batch. More coming from the TXMX files, as well as some others from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Until then, hold your hats!
Alias (from TXMX)
Banksy (just one)
C215 (just one, from TXMX)
CSP (just one, from TXMX)
Liebsein (from TXMX)
Marshal Arts (from TXMX)
Mimi the Clown (from TXMX)
Ocioso (from TXMX)
Robi the Dog (from TXMX)
Tona (from TXMX)
Hamburg, DE (from TXMX)
Berlin, DE (from TXMX)
Italy (from TXMX)
Spain (just one)
UK (just one)