Artist Interview

BSA Interviews Icy and Sot (NY, NY)

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Both born in the 1980s, Iranian Street Artists Icy & Sot are equally fans and loyal students of all the stencil techniques that have characterized the western scene in the last decade. What’s fascinating in this story is that, despite creating work on the street since 2005, neither brother has been able to attend their own gallery show in person outside of Iran until this week in New York.

With a new sense of freedom and some new works for “Made in Iran”, the self taught Tabriz-based artists are riding the momentum that will take this show to Amsterdam, Berlin and Milan. The gallery work on display…

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Xavi Panneton Interview

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http://solpurpose.com/featured-artist-xavi-panneton/

For about 5 years now, I have have been lucky to visit with artist Xavi Panneton and snap photos of his glyphic stencils (check out his archive here). Over the past few months, Xavi has been putting up a mural on Cypress St. (at 24th St.). Utilizing graffiti and stencil techniques, along with other amazing styles, Xavi's mural continues his deep search for universal meanings via color, patterns, and lines. Soulpurpose snapped some great shots of his new work and interviewed him in the process. You should click over to see all the great photos that go with the discussion.

Here's an example Q and A to tease you to click through:

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Stencil Archive Talks Mu-Ban with ROBBBB (Beijing)

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Last year, Sean Leow took my Street Art tour of San Francisco's Mission District. He knew a good bit about art in the streets and eventually asked me "do you know about any stencils and graffiti in China?" My answer was no. I believed that it existed and was not that well known due to language barriers (as well as accessing evidence of a sometimes illegal art inside a tightly-controlled country like China). Leow not only knew about street art and graffiti from that part of the planet, he also was part of a group of people who were creating content for the site Neocha Edge, based in Shanghai (http://edge.neocha.com/category/street-urban-art/). He gave me links and jpgs of art from China, Taiwan, and other parts of Asia. I eventually posted them up in the Asia Archive (http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Asia), and was happy to have two…

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Rojo and Harrington Interview Shepard Fairey

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Shepard Fairey : Too "Street" For Corporate, Too Corporate For The Street (PHOTOS)
Posted: 07/ 4/11 12:20 AM ET

Shepard Fairey has grown up before the eyes of fans, peers and would be competitors. Undaunted by criticism he gets from both sides of his chosen vocation as a globally-known street artist, the man still has a great deal to say. His art has made its way into homes, museums, wardrobes and book collections in addition to all the walls--legal and illegal--and he pays the price and gains the benefit of all of it. A living conundrum, he embodies the sharp tongued anti-establishment, anti-corporate, anti-police state ethos of his formative years, while gradually beginning to resemble the middle-aged dad who so much of the punk generation rebelled against.

He raises money for individuals and organizations advocating for the disempowered or victimized, yet street art and graffiti kids who feel marginalized in their lives call him a sellout for making commercial…

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Chinese Paper Cutting (Video)

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WACTAC Broken Crow Interview (Video)

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The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) has started to do a series of interviews that feature Twin Cities artists in their studios. One of our first interviews is with stencil artist extrodinaire Broken Crow. Thought you be interested in checking it out. (Link to WACTAC)

A 2004 Interview with Klutch

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The Stencil Archive just found out that Russell "Klutch" Short passed away on June 8, 2023. This led us to doing a quick search on the site for some of his contributions to the art world, this site, and to stencil culture, art, and fandom. This Stencil Archive interview with Klutch (here is his stencil archive) is from 2004, soon after the amazing Vinyl Killers 2 exhibit (here is the stencil archive for VK1). This post needed a bit of revision, but Klutch's humor, opinions, and love for making and living art still shine through. His thoughts and words needed no revision! Rest In Paint, Russell Short.

K: I was born in Oklahoma and raised by hippie parents. I lost my mom…

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Interview with Lord Hao

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Due to a language barrier (Hao speaks broken English and I don't speak any French), StencilArchive.org wrote out a list of questions that a friend of Hao's interpreted into French. His friend then interpreted Hao's answers into English. I have made the best possible effort to clean up the English, but some things would be best left to Hao's own words. In an ideal situation, I'd get to ask him to clarify his phrasing, but it didn't go down that way.

SA: How long have you made stencils?

LH: I started to paint with stencils in 1985.

SA: How did you get into stenciling? Any influences?

LH: In the beginning, I was crazy about Punk/Hardcore music, and I wanted T-shirts from bands like Sick of It All, Raw Deal, Negative Approach, and Cro-Mags. In France, it was impossible to find them, so I started to spray band logo stencils onto T-shirts. During this time, I saw a lot of stencils on the streets, and they really influenced me to realize mine.

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A Chat with Peat Wollaeger

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When Peat Wollaeger sent in his first submission to StencilArchive, I was instantly impressed with his mastery of creating stencils. His colors made the images jump off of the page. His cutting style had its own unique characteristics, and his love for the artform was easily apparant. When I mentioned having an online chat, he got really excited about talking stencils. He even mailed me some pix of the separate color stencils for his newest image, Myrna the SK8 dog, for visual reference. Here's what we discussed early on Super Bowl Sunday.

SA: Lets start by hearing about your background and how you got into stencils.

PW: My background is in commercial design. I started in Graphic design in 1993 and worked mostly in print. I have always been into illustration and design. I have done commercial work for such companies as Coca-Cola, M&M Mars, and Anheuser Busch.


SA: Had you seen stencil art before you found Banksy's stuff?

PW: Bansky was…

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A Chat with ECCE

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One of the earliest and most regular contributors to StencilArchive's photo cache just happens to be the farthest away. ECCE (Latin for behold and pronounced A-che) lives in Australia, where stencil art is apparantly beginning to really take off. After doing some research online, and figuring out that we're 17 hours apart, we then coordinated a couple of online chats. Here's what we discussed.

SA: Hey, is this ecce?

E: Sure is. How are you today?

SA: I'm fine. just got back from a Greek orthodox food festival. Thanks a lot for hopping online to chat.

E: No problem, I've been looking forward to it.

SA: Let's get started with questions. I'm interested in the name "ECCE". What does it mean? Or what's the story behind it?

E: It is Latin for "behold". I wanted to adopt a brand type name to parody the big corporations.

SA: Oh. I guess you pronounce it a-che then. You use the recycle symbol with it. Is that part of your "…

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