Wednesday, June 29, 2005
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 www.indecline.com 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.