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fnnch Announces Honey Bear Hunt

The Honey Bear Hunt map is now live at fnnch.com/honeybearhunt

I am also releasing a limited number of new Hunt Kits on my website — both a Pride Bear Hunt and Ally Bear Hunt.

How to Play

The goal of the hunt is to provide a safe way to get out of your house and enjoy art during COVID times. There’s no "winning" or "losing" — this is just for fun. If you feel so inclined, take photos of bears at tag them #HoneyBearHunt so I and others can see!

I cannot guarantee that you will find a bear at every pin — some folks put them in a back window, and I am sure some people will be spoilsports and put them up inside. But over 2000 people opted to have their location on the map, so hopefully if you cannot find one at a particular location, there will be another not too far away! 

Seitu Ken Jones Gives a How To on Making a George Floyd Stencil

StencilArchive.org has seen other shared stencils images of George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, on the stencil subreddit. We were glad to come across Twin Cities artist Seitu Jones' #Blues4George project, since Jones includes templates and instructions for a simple or multi-color stencil portrait. Go to Jones' site for more details, and to download a pdf how-to via Google Drive.

#BLUES4GEORGE
How To Create Your Own #Blues4george:
Create your own stencils of any size with the 4 patterns provided. Pick up shades of blue paint and memorialize George Floyd in the streets and on the boarded up storefronts across the United States and beyond. Depending on size and paint supplies accessible to you, there are many ways to create a #blues4george portrait.

Materials You’ll Need:
Cardboard/Foamcore/Paper/

Something you can cut out!

Spray Paint/Acrylic/Chalk/Markers/

Something with the color blue!

OPTION 1: EASY
One shade of blue paint

1. Download the stencil from tiny.cc/b4gE

2. Print the stencil out or trace it on some spare cardboard

3. Cut along the lines and remove the hatched areas using a utility blade, Xacto knife, or scissor

4. Start painting!

OPTION 2: CHALLENGING
Five shades of blue paint

1. Download the 5 stencils from tiny.cc/b4gC

2. Print the stencils out or trace them on some spare cardboard

3. Cut along the lines and remove the hatched areas using a utility blade, Xacto knife, or scissor

4. Start painting Layer 1 with your lightest blue, making your way up to Layer 5 and up to your darkest blue!

SOME TIPS!
You can mix 5 shades of blue with just one jar of blue and one jar of white paint, and a brush you can scale your paintings up using a projector and a marker to trace onto some scrap cardboard, or print on a bigger paper. Shop local when possible!

REMEMBER!
Get permission from local businesses, organizations, and building owners to place a portrait on their boarded up windows. Get permission for sidewalks, walls, or other locations across your neighborhoods.

Take photos and share your results on social media. Be sure to tag it #blues4george and @seitukjones

Yours in solidarity,

Seitu

Smithsonian Profiles Ian Kuali'i

From aspiring breakdancer to accomplished artist, Ian Kuali’i traces his path so far
May 7th, 2020, 5:30PM / BY Justin Mugits, for Smithsonian Magazine

Artist Ian Kuali’i (Kanaka Maoli [Native Hawaiian] and Shis Inday [Mescalero Apache]) is known both for his cut-paper work and for his background in hip hop and graffiti. Ian visited the National Museum of the American Indian in New York last October as part of our Artist in the Galleries series, where he presented demonstrations of his art and answered visitors’ questions about it. He was scheduled to take part in our Children’s Festival during Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month this May, leading collaborative mural painting. After the Children’s Festival was postponed, I took the opportunity to talk to Ian about his influences as an artist and his evolution from aspiring breakdancer to accomplished, self-taught artist.

Growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, Ian spent time in both Hawai’i and Southern California, as his mother, Carolyn Melenani Kuali’i, moved back and forth for college and her work in Native health initiatives. Ian has always been connected to his Hawaiian roots through his mother’s teachings, and through his extended family of aunts and uncles in Hawai’i and the diasporic communities of Southern California. “The culture was always around,” he says, “so at any given moment, we might have some of the most influential figures in Hawaiian politics, like Huanani-Kay Trask, at our house in Irvine. There were hālau hula [schools of Hawaiian culture] all throughout Southern California.”

Ian was also impacted by the hip hop culture that was blossoming across the country. “We had a crew called Sick Block. My mom was going to the University of California Irvine at the time, and we would hang out at KUCI 88.9, the college radio station. And they had hip hop hour. At the same time there were b-boy [breakdancing] summits going on; there were a lot of legal graffiti walls like Huntington Beach. It was great times, going to African Student Union dances with my crew and battling people [in break dancing battles].” As Ian became more involved in hip hop culture, he realized that he wasn’t a very skilled emcee or DJ, so he began focusing on his graffiti writing.

Banksy Goes Pop (some of it is stenciled)

Buy your own Banksy stuff at Gross Domestic Product! Some of it is actually affordable, drawn by children, benefits charity, and funny. The site states that the pillows (see photo) are stenciled, but you'll get whatever they find at the thrift store.

Speaking of funny, it is worth it to read the legal disclaimer and terms and conditions. Ahem...

Legal

This site asserts the trademark to Banksy’s name and images is held by the artist, and is not transferable to any third party.

The artist would like to make it clear that he continues to encourage the copying, borrowing and uncredited use of his imagery for amusement, activism and education purposes. Feel free to make merch for your own personal entertainment and non-profit activism for good causes.

However, selling reproductions, creating your own line of merchandise and fraudulently misrepresenting knock off Banksy products as ‘official’ is illegal, obviously a bit wrong and may result in legal action. In the event of prosecution all funds will be donated to charity.

R.I.P. Robi the Dog

TXMX in Hamburg just informed the Stencil Archive of the death of Robi the Dog (his Stencil Archive). Swiss artist Robi the Dog pasted up intriguing, surreal, and humorous stencils throughout Hamburg, Berlin and other parts of Europe. He died late August of 2016 at the age 37/38. In an interview with streetartbln.com, Robi the Dog stated that he got into street art in 2006, and was interested in giving as much art to the people by "exercising his right to change the environment that he lived in". Stencil Archive extends its sympathies to the friends and family of Robi the Dog, as well as to all of those whole admired his art work.

fnnch Wants SF to Decriminalize Stickers and Posters

Street Artist 'Sign-Bombs' Downtown Neighborhoods With 450 'Honey Bears'
Mon. January 29, 2018, 4:34pm
by Nathan Falstreau for hoodline
 

Street art is part of San Francisco's landscape, but one local artist recently installed hundreds of pieces of his work to spark a conversation about using public spaces as a canvas for self-expression.

Over the weekend, fnnch [Stencil Archive album], best known for his depictions of honey bears, ladybugs, seashells, flamingos and turtles, fastened 450 pieces to utility poles between Market and Harrison and the Embarcadero and 5th Street. To comply with city rules for posting signs, he mounted the artwork using zip ties.

The installation, which features an array of honey bears and was billed as "sign bombing," aims to bring attention to what the artist deems "an excessive and absurd amount of [legal] signage." According to fnnch, adhering a "simple sticker" to public property could result in possible felony or misdemeanor charges.

The artist hopes to sway future legislation with the work and has teamed up with Care2 to start a petition urging members of the Board of Supervisors to decriminalize certain types of street art. As of this writing, the petition has garnered 10,816 signatures of support out of a goal of obtaining 11,000.

In particular, fnnch wants the city to decriminalize the application of stickers and wheatpaste—a removable adhesive that's commonly used by street artists.

“What I want to do is show the absurdity of our laws," he said in a statement. "Had these signs been affixed with adhesive to the poles, I could go to jail, but if they are put up with tape or a zip-tie, then it not only becomes legal to hang them up, but illegal for anyone to take them down.”

Rich McCor Goes Large With Cut Paper (Video)

Light artist, and my sometimes show director, Christine Marie sent me a video of Rich McCor's hilarious and creative use of perspective and cut paper art. "It's like a stencil in the sky," she wrote with the shared video. McCor is better known as @paperboyo on Instagram, and his whimsy has made me smile a few times this week.

 

Aaron Curry AKA ORFN/HUNGRY WAIF (1974-2016)

In the past few weeks, between the downpours of rain, RIP ORFN tags have appeared all over San Francisco. Aaron Curry, aka ORFN, died in December after a quick, lost battle with cancer. While mostly running with the BKF and US crews, Curry's span of activity dates back to the 1990s. His tags and throws were stylish and quick; his characters were funny and easy to spot all over the Bay Area. He went large and small, and even dabbled in cutting stencils and painting sidewalks in the Mission as HUNGRY WAIF. Around five weeks ago, Curry's friend Mark Cross posted on Instagram that "in September, Aaron walked into a hospital complaining of back pain and a roller coaster of progress and reprieve (of hope and despair) ensued. He has fought hard. With unbelievable exuberance and grace. Alas, for the past few days, Aaron has remained unresponsive... asleep." ORFN passed away soon after, and is now amongst the graff writers memorialized in paint.

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