Stencil Nation

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A subdivision of the spray-can Graffit isubversion is stenciling. Requiring less skill and less time, stencil artists simply put down a piece of paper with text or images carefully removed, and lay down a coat of paint. This offshoot of graffiti is the focus of Russell Howze’s latest book, Stencil Nation. Featuring 540 photographs of stencil work from 350 artists in 28 countries, Stencil Nation is an archive of some of the greatest cut-and-paste paint work on the streets. With essays, a comprehensive history, and even a how-to section, this book is a fair representation of a particular variety of street art that’s of interest to both those who bomb the system and those who simply buy the gear that funds it.

Stencil Nation is available now through Manic D Press and the author’s site StencilNation.org.

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Ainsley Drew is a native New Yorker, freelance writer, and euphemism enthusiast. Her work has been featured in The New York Press, McSweeney’s, The Morning News, and Curve Magazine, among other totally sweet publications. An avid fan of all sports, but especially the NBA, when she's not stalking 6'10" centers she eats way too much Japanese food, plays word games, and hits on anything that moves. Aiming high, she hopes to one day be a notorious literary celebrity with her name in tabloids. She also has eleven fingers, so she can type faster than you. You can find her jerkethic.com and ainsleydrew. Be her Internet friend. More from this author →