Stencil “Art”


The stencil graffiti artists of today seem to be more homogeneous than ever. Am I the only one that has had it up to the neck with their anti Consumerism messages?
I understand that the likes of Banksy and Adbusters has been a huge influence on the graffiti scene and to some extent in a good way. Before Banksy the graffiti scene was less politically aware. How ever today it seems there is little individual thinking going on and every little self proclaimed graffiti artist with his Volcom hoodie, Vans shoes, Independent skateboard and baggy Animal jeans are out there spraying anti consumerist stenciled slogans
Shepard Fairey created his famous Obey stencil while teaching a friend how to make stencils. He asked his friend to make a stencil from a news paper image of the French wrestler Andre the Giant. His friend refused because as a skater the wrestler was to ‘lame’. Annoyed with how narrow minded his friend was Shepard Fairey made Andre The Giant in to one of the most recognized symbols of stencil art.

In my mind art is supposed to be about breaking barriers and creating something the world has never seen before. I wish that the graffiti culture could brake out of its narrow minded homogeneous mold. Dare to be different!

(original picture by marverde)



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9 Responses to “Stencil “Art””

  1. ultramagnus79 Says:

    Shepard Fairey rocks!

  2. trixner Says:

    I just finished up a post about Fairey that includes a pretty great interview that contains some background footage of him creating his stencils and placing and creating street art. Check it out. Cool post though. I’ve been trying to capture images of all the stencil art popping up in my town.

  3. Melvær Says:

    Nice one! very nice blog aswell

  4. marverde Says:

    the first photo in this post, is mine. it’s my bomb there, it’s my photography. the stencil doesn’t exists there on the wall, it’s photoshoped by you, or where did you found the photo? :-w

  5. jzzy Says:

    Shep & Banksy are great but there is so much more out there that is just as good – perhaps not as well known. People just need to take a walk around there own city.

  6. Melvær Says:

    hi marverde, want us to take it down?

  7. marverde Says:

    you should request for my permission first to modify the photo… or at least include a link… this is not the way you should do it 😐

  8. Melvær Says:

    Sorry duder, whats your link?

  9. marverde Says:

    if you click on my name, it takes you to my page :)) 😉

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