Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Stencil Graffiti

A trend I have noticed lately is the use of stencils
to make graffiti, rather than free-hand-rattle-can or the
more traditional chalk or grease pencil.
It first came to my attention with the 'indecline' shown
in the first photo. You can find this one everywhere, and
no wonder--if you go to they have the
design in two versions that you can download and cut your
own stencil. The big question is why?
Photo 2 was from another train car and features a woman
with 'man hands'. Strange.
3&4 I found on the street.
'Silence' from my 'Goodbye Ram' post is another one, freshly applied
on the sidewalk in front of TacoLand to honor the late Ram Ayala.

It seems to me that stencil graffiti is more like
advertising than art. Repeating the same design with only
the paint color for any variety, anyone can do it.
Still, I kind of like it even if I don't understand it.

Personally, I prefer to use chalk or a Sharpie.


*Snoop* said...

hey zzak was goin on...
i was lookin at graff stencils n i came acroos ur dope (awesome) sketches and sprays....
i was wanderin if u could show me sum of ur styles...
Email me at
IM very interested in your styles..

KeithAlanK said...

And here we have a great example of what texting and bad textbooks do for our young people. It took me several readings to translate *snoop*'s gibberish. And he isn't able to read well enough to comprehend that these aren't MY "dope sketches and sprays". Needless to say, I didn't email him to show "sum of ur styles".