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The (Street) Art of Stencil Graffiti

Updated on January 24, 2014

Taking Art to the Streets

Stencil graffiti is growing in popularity worldwide. This street art can be a few simple words, or a grand scale art piece. Because it is cheap, quick, and easy, this style of graffiti has grown tremendously. Often the stencils express political and social opinions of the artist, or are simply images of pop culture icons. Stencil street art adorns public areas around the world. It has become part of urban living.

Love it or hate it, stencils aren't going away soon.

About Stencil Graffiti

Because stencils are prepared ahead of time, and spraying (or rolling) over them is quite quick, a street artist can make a detailed piece in seconds. And now, with the use of computers, it is easier then ever for street artists to create their masterpiece, often using familiar symbols and faces. This has all lead to an increase in the activity, exposing it to more and more people each day.

Stencil graffiti includes images or text cut into paper, cardboard, plastic, or other material such that, when painted over, the image is transferred onto the surface.

Political Commentary

Political issues of the specific time and region are often the subjects of stenciled street art...a bit like political cartoons.

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Stencil Pirates

Stencil Pirates
Stencil Pirates

Stencil Pirates is the first comprehensive book dedicated to stencil street art. Included are artist profiles, an in-depth history of stencil graffiti, its political context, and how stencils fit into the larger pantheon of street expression. Also here are a detailed “how-to” manual with designing, cutting, and painting tips from the artists, as well as 20 perforated cardstock stencil templates for readers who can’t wait to hit the streets.

 

Vids

These videos show a lot of stenciled street art. They show you some of the most famous marks, and even let you see them being created. Also, learn a bit about the artist themselves, like Banksy, and others.

Your Thoughts... - Anyone can vote!

What is your opinion of grafitti overall?

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A World of Graffiti

These books have a lot of information on stencil graffiti and amazing photos of art from around the world. They'd make a great gift.

Banksy - The Master Stencil Street Artist

Banksy is probably the most famous stencil graffiti artist - certainly the most famous in England. His work can be seen all over London. Often incorporating rats and policemen into his work, Banksy art is quite the socio-political commentary. He is an elusive artist who maintains his anonomity quite well. Banksy's website gives us an insight as to what he is thinking, and keeps us informed on his lasest ventures. He has also struck Palestine, and America.

A London wall upon which a mural by the legendary graffiti artist Banksy sits, sold on January 14, 2008 on eBay for $407,000. Buyer must pay to remove the wall. Check out the whole story:

Graffiti World

Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents
Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents

Ever since anonymous spray-can art began appearing on city walls in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s, graffiti has been a ubiquitous presence in the urban landscape, its artists largely unsung heroes. As hip-hop culture spread from America, graffiti became a worldwide phenomenon, emerging in the 1980s as the symbolic artistic language of young people everywhere and one of the most potent influences on youth-oriented marketing and design. With more than 2,000 illustrations by over 150 artists from all over the world and interviews with many of them, this visually arresting book is the most comprehensive survey of graffiti art ever published.

 

People

Street Portraits

Musicians, Politicians, Artists, Pop-culture icons, Historical Figures, and Fictional Characters have all been memorialized by street art.

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The Cans Festival

Organized by the elusive Banksy, and held May 3-5, 2008, a dark and dingy tunnel underneath an old train platform at Waterloo Station in London was transformed.

Dozens of street artists from around the world contributed to stenciled masterpieces. In addition, it was open to the public to add their stenciled pieces.

"Graffiti doesn't always spoil buildings. In fact, it's the only way to improve a lot of them," said Banksy. "In the space of a few hours with a couple of hundred cans of paint I'm hoping we can transform a dark, forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art - in a dark, forgotten filth pit."

How to Create a Stencil

(Art in Photo by Banksy)

Depending on the desired result, there are different ways to make a stencil.

A computer can be used to help make detailed designs, designs with downloaded fonts, or designs from photos. If you wish to simply draw a graphic by hand, that works too. Also, photoshop shapes are a stencil waiting to happen.

In order to make a design from a photo, you will need a photo editor that allows you to adjust the threshold, and brightness and contrast of the photo. Basically, you want to get rid of the unneeded background of the photo, giving you just the subject you desire. Then adjust the contrast and brightness, or adjust the threshold, of the picture to the point of having a picture that is two colors - black and white - and still recognizable. Make any needed touch-ups, or adjustments to keep there from being areas inside of holes (that would fall out of the stencil). You could also preform this step while cutting, but it may be more difficult.

Add a border around the picture and print. Once printed, just put your stencil over the item you wish to use as the stencil...cardboard, paper, thin plastic, contact paper, whatever. Next you must cut out the design. An x-acto knife is best as it makes a clean cut and is easy to work with.

To use the stencil, hold or tape to the surface, and spray or roll paint over it. Remove the stencil (by lifting off, not sliding). If it needs any touchups, use your finger or a brush. Tada!

Stick Your Two Cents In

What do you think of graffiti?

I love it.

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    • pennyovenden 3 years ago

      When it's done with thought and artist flair it is brilliant... not a fan of random tagging.

    • GetPhotographic 3 years ago

      It depends, doesn't it. A meaningless scrawl is a meaningless scrawl, a work of art is a work of art - no matter where they are. I love the art, funny, serious, political, social, but the meaningless scrawl, well put me on the other side!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      It's wonderful. Bring the art to the people. Especially this trend of political activism and promoting ideas of revolution. The mainstream media can't touch the emotion attached to raw street art.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love it! It brings colour and character into our surroundings :3

    • Ben Reed 4 years ago

      It great, if done well and appropriately to its surroundings.

    • Girlwiththorns 4 years ago

      Love stencil art and this lens is a good intro. Thanks ;)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Graffiti is amazing, as long as it's done tastefully. A simple spray painted tag or gang sign is ugly, but if at least some work it put into it, it can be beautiful and I love it :)

    • thegreenninja 4 years ago

      Love it! I've been a long time fan of Banksy and it's fun seeing some amazing street art (stencil) go up here in my small town.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      wow i love it

    • BarbaraAnn13 4 years ago

      Graffiti is as old as prostitution and it isn't going away. When produced with the vision of an artist it can be beautiful no matter what the message. When it marks territory with fear and oppression then it leans towards corruption of gang activity! 50 shades of grey!

    • TrevorLedford 4 years ago

      Great lens!

    • tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      Art -- words -- expression -- colors -- I love it all!

    • Vimural LM 4 years ago

      I am deeply in love with it, as you can tell my bio. However, I am also a strong supporter of keeping the streets clean, there is a time and a place for everything....with permission of course.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like it but the citys don't need to have paint every where

    • justmelucy 4 years ago

      Love it as an art form and freedom of expression. Yet, please no junk as we must remember the rights of others in the community. No free tagging. Get permission please. You might even get paid.

    • MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

      The most challenging mode of artistic expression of our times, probably.

    • webscan 4 years ago

      I only like to look at them, but will not contribute.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like graffiti - it turns a concrete wall into a creative canvas.

    • OliviaQ 4 years ago

      If create in the right place.

    • MohkaUK LM 4 years ago

      I think its great, love banksy's work!

    I hate it.

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      • Lookatit 4 years ago

        If its done in the right place it can look great. But people shouldn't deface other people's property. It's just disrespectful.

      • McBub-Squidoo 5 years ago

        A city needs clean walls.

      • golfsandwich 5 years ago

        brilliant

      • cdevries 5 years ago

        I have mixed feelings about it - some is wonderful art that adds to the public scene (Banksy, for instance, is fantastic), but I hate tagging that merely defaces someone else's property in an ugly or hateful way.

      • Serenity30 5 years ago

        Graffiti art on specific walls where art is displayed or streets used just for graffiti is ok. I would rather have clean walls rest of the buildings and streets.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Don't really mind it as long as it isn't plastered on buildings that it isn't supposed to be there.

      • TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

        Interesting lens, raises awareness about different perspectives about art and creativity. Personally, I prefer to see art in museums, parks, and other more appropriate display venues. I do not like graffiti that defaces private and public property...

      • phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

        It's something that is done to deface the property of others. No matter how nice it is, unless the property owner gives permission someone is going to be unhappy.

      • ToTheBrimm LM 6 years ago

        I like the artistry and the expression - just don't like the whole "vandalizing other people's property" thing.

        I know that there are designated areas for painting graffiti inspired art, but this isn't real graffiti.

      • Glenna Jones 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida

        I have always hated graffiti unless it was a true work of art. Marking someone else's property with your name, etc. never made sense to me.

      • packetlog 8 years ago

        personally i find them as eyesores. it spoils public places. i do have to say that some are quite clever and thought-provoking. if it is a form of art, then we should have public walls in designated areas where the artists can practice all they want, but please don't spray-paint other people's property or beautiful places. a few of them are good doesn't justify the vast number of them that are just destructive.

      • ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

        Most graffiti is offensive and the intent destructive.

      • religions7 9 years ago

        Some graffiti is just plain annoying - on busses and trains for instance it rarely looks good.

      • Kurt1972 9 years ago

        Seen some good and some badones...

      "How To" Videos - Step-By-Step Guides to Digitally Making Stencils From Photos

      Watching a video is the easiest way to get a grasp of how these stencils are made. I suggest the first one, as it is a great step-by-step. The second video is a great explanation on how to print the stencils very large using multiple sheets of paper that you can line up.

      Photoshop Shapes - Download them free

      The shapes tool in photoshop, and the fact that so many amazing shapes are available for free to download, are ideal for stenciling. Download some free shape sets and see the versatility they lend you.

      Other Stenciled Street Art

      From Around the World

      Worldwide, these limited color graphics are marking a time and a place, giving commentary on it as well. They are leaving their mark on the world, making a strong statement.

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      Stencil Graffiti (Street Graphics / Street Art)

      Stencil Graffiti (Street Graphics / Street Art)
      Stencil Graffiti (Street Graphics / Street Art)

      City streets abound with billboards, posters, and corporate advertising that almost invite a subversive response ...and increasingly are getting one. Many of today's graffiti artists have adopted the stencil and spray can, and are using the street as a giant creative forum for their arresting artwork. "The image," says San Diego artist Shepard Fairey, "is integrated with the texture of the street." This book showcases the work of the originators, the innovators, and the new generation who, as UK artist Nylon puts it, are "breathing life into derelict spaces." Stencil graffiti is beginning to filter off the street too, as artists are inspired to use stencils on canvas, clothing, and metal. Tristan Manco has chosen over 400 of the most visually exuberant, subtle, and creative examples of the genre from cities all over the world. With subject matter ranging from the political to the poetic, from the funky to the frankly curious, stencil graffiti is graphic innovation on an international scale. Inspirational in form and content, this book is an essential record for everyone with an interest in design or in contemporary urban culture. 405 illustrations, 400 in color.

       

      Cutting a Stencil

      An x-acto knife is the best way to cut a stencil. The razer edge makes the easiest and cleanest cut.

      Stencil Fonts

      These sites provide many fonts that work well for stencils. From military style, to pixelated fonts, to modern and gothic, hundreds of fonts lend themselves to stenciling.

      Barack Obama

      Obama Also Won in Street Art

      Barack Obama has brought in a whole new wave of street artists. His grassroots popularity led to some amazing stencils.

      Check out some great Obama street art:

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      Disclaimers

      I am in no way encouraging you to vandalize or cause damage to other people's property. This lens is for the appreciation of street art, and for the use of its style in legal mediums. Stencil your own property or inside your house. Stencil on your bench or picnic table. Stencil on wood and hang it. Stencil with permission of the owner. Stencil your kid's bedroom. Do not stencil on public property or other people's property who did not give you permission.

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          pennyovenden 3 years ago

          Great Lense. I liked the video!

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          GetPhotographic 3 years ago

          Where I live there is a lot of graffiti, most of it is very good. Unfortunately there is also the graffiti that is no more than vandalism. My reaction to it being on MY wall would be based on that. Does it add something - yes, then great.

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          josietook 3 years ago

          Really enjoyed the Banksy video. I'm on the fence with whether or not I agree with unsolicited graffiti, but I'd be pretty pleased with Banksy's work on the side of my wall.

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          kaseyrivenburgh 3 years ago

          Perfect lens. Really enjoyable.

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          Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

          I enjoy the kind of graffiti that show artist design, I do not appreciate graffiti as a form of destruction to property. I think there is a fine line between the two.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I just watched all your videos & had a really good time. I love graffiti & take photos of any that I find. Sometimes it's erased very quickly by 'the authorities'. Fabulous lens :)

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          antoniow 4 years ago

          Excellent lens! Squidlike

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          tfsherman lm 4 years ago

          What a surprising lens about a very surprising subject! Thanks.

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          craftycollector 4 years ago

          Graffiti can be great. Interestingly, I was in a carpark in Eastern France last nighte and there was a huge Obama Graffiti on the wall. His influence is extensive.

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          justmelucy 4 years ago

          Great Lens. Stencil graffiti has it's place and I love Bansky. Personally I prefer free form, murals. tromp lei and am in awe of 3D Street Art. I live near Asheville, NC home of some great graffiti. My Tag...https://hubpages.com/art/graffiti-unrestricted-art

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          MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

          One of the best lenses I've ever read. Challenging subject beautifully curated. Congrats!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have been playing around with some stencils on cotton canvas and keep getting over and under spray no matter how much I try to keep it flat and using tape n paper to avoid this but still can't get those clean lines ... Any help would be much appreciated

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          beautiful and very informative lens...thanks for sharing

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          JDEEZY 4 years ago

          nice lens, i really like the how to video on photoshop stencils

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Nice lens! Very informative.

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          DMVAgent 4 years ago

          The designs are simple but very nice.

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          dream1983 4 years ago

          Very nice lens, great job! Squidlike

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          Mikewrites LM 5 years ago

          Cat in the Hat is my favourite, cool lens

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          magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

          Wow, you sure found a lot of information on street graffiti. Well done!

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          Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

          I like it! Thumbs up for stencil graffiti:-)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          please check out my stencil time lapse . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5_1uGnInxI

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          Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

          Interesting subject and very well done.

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          flycatcherrr 5 years ago

          Original stencils, yes, Like. Derivative copycat stuff for the sake of tagging? Not so much. This is an excellent lens!

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          ZenSquid 5 years ago

          Really cool art. Nice lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Interesting lens!

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          happygraffiti 5 years ago

          Hey there - Loving the lens! And I love stencilling! I'm new to squidoo, but I have a blog called happygraffiti.com which encourages people to upload the positive graffiti they see out and about. Have a peek :)

          Jen x

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          Grafitti is impressive on its own, but stencil graffiti really takes the craft to a whole new level.

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          CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

          The cat in the hat one is so cute!

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          vkumar05 5 years ago

          That is a great art form. Underrated. Excellent Lens.

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          caketech 5 years ago

          Great idea for a lens! This was very interesting.

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          DeterminedDolphin 5 years ago

          I love Banksy. A great documentary to watch is "Exit through the Gift Shop". Have you seen it?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I love doing graffiti in chalk with kids. Fun activity, but we're nowhere close to be great at it. This is a fantastic resource. ~ Blessed!

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          kjbranch77 5 years ago

          Awesome lens!

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          HourglassThorne 5 years ago

          Incredible lens! Thank you for creating it!

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          OctavioMelesio 5 years ago

          Hi everybody...I love the creative graffiti... I LIKE THIS LENS... success and blessings always

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          iQwestArticles 5 years ago

          It's unfortunate that vandalism has become so closely associated with Graffiti since it can be such a wonderful means of expression. As the many examples you've highlighted in this lens, I've seen some amazing works. Very nice lens!

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          efcruzarts 5 years ago

          lens for wall artist this is good!

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          fiercerulingdiva 5 years ago

          Nice lens. Thanks for the video showing how to make stencils from digital photos, interesting stuff.

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          marie_arce 5 years ago

          nice...

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          I have seen some incredible graffiti. If graffiti is non-violent in nature, and, if it adds important social commentary, it can be a valuable art and powerful art form. I am against graffiti that violates people or property in a way that is harmful.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great Lens !

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          cdevries 5 years ago

          Some of it is great. I like the Dutch graffiti artist Hugo Kaagman's work - like stenciled Delft tiles.

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          WorldVisionary 5 years ago

          Some graffiti artists are incredibly talented - it's marvelous to look at when it's good! Thumbs up and an Angel blessing for you!

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          ratetea 5 years ago

          Some graffiti is really amazing...both the art itself and the placement. In Cleveland, OH, an artist with the tag "Sym" would often hit the upper-right-hand corner of a billboard the day after the billboard went up. Many of these feats involved scaling hundred-feet-high billboards.

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          crudeoilsystems 5 years ago

          Interesting. Thanks for your info.

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          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I sometimes marvel at some graffitti but those that are just foul, I don't really care for. That's not art. Enjoyed your lens and blessed it.

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          Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

          Great lens on stencil graffiti, I like it.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great lens...I think there are some great potential artists that use Graffiti as a way to so off their work..I just wish it was done a little more tastefully.

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          BillSimmons 5 years ago

          I've seen some of these, look like they are becoming more popular.

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          DeaneDykes 5 years ago

          Wow this is something. So well organized!

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          catbehaviors 5 years ago

          Graffiti is a very cool art form! It actually sounds pretty fun to create, especially using a stencil. :)

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          THNeto 5 years ago

          Great lens! Always been ambivalent about graffiti; love some of the art and messages but it often leaves a depressing mood in public spaces. Now your lens has given me something more to think about, thanks!

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          Close2Art LM 5 years ago

          I think graffiti and street art is the most popular art movement of the past thirty plus years, until something new comes around it's just going to gain popularity. I love street art and it's edgy quick wit...ckeck out some of my pieces if you get a chance...:)rwjr

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          OOPSY LM 5 years ago

          But don't you think stenciling is cheating? LOL Just kidding. Great lens! Very informative on a not-so-popular subject. Great disclaimer, too.

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          cheesemonster lm 5 years ago

          I stumbled on your lens by accident. It's been one of the best accidents I've ever had...& I've had a few! Thanks for the share!

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          justin42 5 years ago

          This is probably the most thorough lens I have seen so far. Great work by the way.

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          wowitsmenow 5 years ago

          Awesome cannot describe this lense!

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          Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

          Very informative lens. Well done

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          ironmonkey 5 years ago

          Nice lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          glad I browsed into your lens, gave you a 'thumbs up' too!

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          iwrite4cash 5 years ago

          I like this lens!

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          tobydavis 5 years ago

          Interesting and throught provoking lens - particularly liked the use of the debate module.

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          Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

          Ahhhhh. I do love good street art. Thanks. Blessed. Back to my tour of this great lens.

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          Close2Art LM 5 years ago

          Right up my alley, no pun intended, Great Lens...I dig the stencil art and murals, tags to me are an eyesore for the most part unless they mean something...Blessed by an Angel...RWJR

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          SaintFrantic 5 years ago

          Squidoo graffiti rocks

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          tvingi 5 years ago

          Wow great lens.My favorite is Squdoo graphite on the wall. I want to have a t-shirt with Squidoo sign:)

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          modernchakra 5 years ago

          You know that you are have made it as a graffiti artist when someone buys the wall.... Thanks for the information, I can't even imagine the possibilities of using computers now to design stencils and street art. Amazing.

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          RaverGoat 5 years ago

          I have a book on Banksy's art. This article reminded me of it. Very cool lens.

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          writer_villa 5 years ago

          Real cool lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Nice art I could never do this not as artistic. much respect

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          parts2 5 years ago

          Looking great!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          All though I don't agree with the subject matter, this is an informative lens. Blessed.

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          mattyrobinson 5 years ago

          I love stencil art. I have a lens about Banksy, and am intrigued by the way in which many street artists convey their political beliefs in their art.

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          HipHopInformant 5 years ago

          Great lens very interesting, like the images too!

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          KatrinaJames 5 years ago

          Love this lens fab job!:-)

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          whiplash539 5 years ago

          nice lens, I have liked it and be sure to check out my Banksy lens so far and like it if you want:

          http://www.squidoo.com/banksy-graffiti-art

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          Close2Art LM 5 years ago

          cool lens thanks for sharing...rwjr

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          VoodooRULEs 6 years ago

          Thank you! I really have a fascination for this work. It's great to have a solid source to learn more about it!

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          theblackace86 6 years ago

          for anyone who is interested in street art I would highly recommend watching the Banksy film "Exit Through the Gift shop" makes you want to go out and make some street art and it also has that confusing twist that Banksy of course set up :) so cool LOVE the lens! <3

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          JoshK47 6 years ago

          Great lens! I'm particularly fond of graffiti art, though I see very little actual art here, more scrawling of nonsense or obscene things.

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          CarynJSwift56889 6 years ago

          street art also a kind of art, still need good drawing skills

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          FarmerTom 6 years ago

          What a great lens. Loved seeing the graffiti art. Makes me wonder what it's next incarnation will be.

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          hessa johnson 6 years ago

          I love the work of Banksy. Glad I found this lens.

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          ArtsyIndie 6 years ago

          Wow! I love graffiti even more now. Great lens

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          fantasticallyfi 6 years ago

          Simply very cool.

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          NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

          Awesome lens! This is near to my heart. I was happy to come across this lens.

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          MisTikkal 6 years ago

          Terrific lens and what an interesting character - Banksy.

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          JennySui 6 years ago

          Very well written lens on Banksy. Have a look on my lens and site about banksy art and banksy canvas prints.

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          dahlia369 6 years ago

          Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** as part of the April Fools' Quest & featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)

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          Gripandflip 6 years ago

          Nice thought-provoking lens. Very interesting topic.

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          sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          fantastic lens. ~blessed by a squid angel~

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          TheLaaang 6 years ago

          What a great lens! I love street art, especially stencil graffiti. There used to be loads of it where I used to live Brighton, UK) & it seemed to give the atmosphere there an extra something. I thought it was great :)

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          Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          What better way to brighten a drab day and surroundings, good job like your lens, thanks.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I can see that a blank wall would be calling out to an artist, just begging to be brightened up. I have seen some schools and public buildings back in NZ that have been offered to graffiti artists (not taggers) and they look incredible. I am not so sure that I consider the stencil method as much art though. All in the eye of the beholder, as they say. SquidAngel Blessed!

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          Wayne Tully 6 years ago from UK

          Great Graffiti lens....It's certainly something I want to get into more and the street art scene interests me more on pavements and such.....A nice detaile lens about stencil graffiti, Well done!

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          Gera LM 6 years ago

          I like stamp-like graffiti best.

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          jdwheeler 6 years ago

          I always love seeing the graffiti on train cars. It's like a moving billboard. Although it may be illegal, these artists are still very talented.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Really cool lens-love it!

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          AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

          I love when people decorate the walls with their personalities. Tasteful in flavor is the only request ;)

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          scar4 6 years ago

          Though I'm not good at arts, I like graffiti very much, in particular, the ones printed on T-shirts.

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          Tagsforkids 6 years ago

          Interesting lens! Makes me want to go Squidoodle on a wall somewhere! ;)

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          lasertek lm 6 years ago

          Nice! I'm no artist that's why I'm fascinated with anything that is creatively drawn.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          You have got some proper nice stencils on here, nice site. Feel free too check my site out and sign my guestbook http://ukstyles.webs.com/

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          JetBlackStudio 6 years ago

          Some great art on here, great lens.

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          dandan594 lm 6 years ago

          Great lens, I have made one similar promoting new artists to rival Banksy.

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          Addy Bell 7 years ago

          I love guerrilla art. Great lens!

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          Geeve 7 years ago

          A great 5* lens, still going strong.

          I have lensrolled you to my Graffiti-Art, for anyone visiting my lens who wants to see more great public art. No hesitation in recommending this.

          Cheers, Geeve

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          alberttwolf 7 years ago

          Very nice lens. Stencil graffiti adds another dimension to the whole world of graffiti. Banksy of course is a genius.

          I wonder, where that John Cleese stencil graffiti photo is taken, because I saw one like that in Lisboa.

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          Vectoria 7 years ago

          very cool collection of graffiti resources

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          cjm2000 7 years ago

          really nice lens, cool pictures!

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          SallyCin 7 years ago

          A very unique and interesting lens! Thanks for sharing :)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Thanks for sharing. I have a love/hate relationship with graffiti. I hate cleaning them up when they're used for vandalism, but one of the finest public artpieces I've seen was a tastful mural done with permission. I give it five stencil stars.

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          Laniann 8 years ago

          You did a good job of presenting the street art of graffiti. 5*s

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Excellent Lens. 5*

          If you get a chance check out my Instant Stress Management lens.

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          Quirina 8 years ago

          Great lens! Stencil graffiti and murals in general have been catching my interest for a while, but I never took the time to find out more. Thanks to you for providing this rich resource!

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          Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

          Yes this is a beautiful art form. Thanks for sharing--and love the purple star!!

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          Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

          A really interesting lens; 5*

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          Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

          Graffiti inside your own home or on clothing is cool. Five stars.

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          Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

          congrats on that pretty purple star!

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          Glenna Jones 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida

          I wasn't familiar with stencil graffiti but Squidoo shines when it brings us new topics. Thanks for sharing this. 5 *

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          GumboWriters123 8 years ago

          great lens. Loved the pictures

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Very interesting lens!

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          Bellezza-Decor 8 years ago from Canada

          Cool graffiti lens 5*!

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          Smartshops 8 years ago

          Great lens with lots of information! 5*s from your friends at Smartshops!

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          tomdeacon 8 years ago

          Excellent lens! I'm gonna need more time to digest everything here :)

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          Cym 8 years ago

          Very nice lens, very well done! You've put together a nice collection of photos! 5*

          (for other unusual art check out my lens: No Men's Land)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          great lens. Loved the pictures

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          Deadicated LM 8 years ago

          Katazome is a way to stencil on fabric with a paste resist. I'm one of a handful of artists in the USA doing it.

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadicated/sets/72157...

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          JamesThomasCalho 8 years ago

          Really superior lens. Learned so much. Inspired to make my mark.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I like graffiti just fine, some artists do a wonderful job with it, and have some real awesome art that is eye-stoppers. I'd like to give them a job!

          I got some very nice ideas from your lens. Some friends just started Gangsta's Subs in Fargo, and are looking for graffiti artists for the shop. I might even take a stub at it.

          A very nice lens!!!

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          Rusty Quill 8 years ago

          Ahh, man I just put in a very eloquent opinion on your debate (Hi I'm Mr. Modest) but it didn't take - I hate that! Anyway mighty fine lens.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Great lens, I love all the pictures. We have a lot of this type of graffiti around Philadelphia-- it's always interesting to see. It reminds me of some neat graffiti I took a picture of once.. you can check it out here:http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/2602693108_83d... if you want. At one point there was also a desk there until it was painted over-- it was like an entire living room.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          art is everywhere, I like that!

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          GreenRevolution 8 years ago

          Cool lens! Very interesting and well-designed. Stencil graffiti looks like a fun art form! I may just give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Cheers!

          5 ***** & faved

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          Patricia 8 years ago

          There is some very cool graffiti in Los Angeles that I always liked when I went there. It can be very creative.

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          pixie_styx17 8 years ago

          really cool lens, absolutely love graffiti, where I live the city government has done this promote peace, end the violence campaign thing with graffiti, it looks really cool lol

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          Toshimonster 8 years ago

          There is a very good account of Mr. Brainwash's most recent show in LA on Neu Black

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          great stuff and nice lens, it is good if graffiti can be commercialised

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          Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

          I like graffiti - each town authorities should give these artist walls they can make their art on. Then it would look even better.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          I much prefer good graffiti to a lot of the ads that are ugly. They should be licensed though, to make to all good.

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          kephrira lm 8 years ago

          Nice lens, there some really good work featured. Check out my Art of Alchemy lens for some more unusual art.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I would love to do stencil graffiti! Now I can paint walls with style! hahahaha!!!

          Mark Serra on graffiti and even graffiti on personal checks, from Golden Retriever checks & other dog checks, cat checks, NFL checks, designer checks and even photo checks with your own photo!

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          Mr_Angry 9 years ago

          try fittin my jacked frame on a street, my wide assed shoulders prolly couldn't fit right

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          Zen Automat 9 years ago

          very well done, really enjoyed the converstion. 5* and a blessing

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          Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

          Welcome to the Masterpiece Movement group! We're delighted to have such an interesting topic and well done page with us. ^^0^^ blessing as well!

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Great stuff.

          Some of the art is so simple and beautiful. I like the film clip to John Mayers 'waiting on the world to change' with the graffiti artists

          Cheers

          BaNjo sMytH

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          jeffshy 9 years ago

          Most fun lens I have seen yet, great collection of pics...have some fotos of stencils from Bolivia on an old hard drive I'll try to find for you.

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          TopStyleTravel 9 years ago

          Good lens. I admit apprehension about the subject. I still do not approve of graffiti done without permission. None of us would want to wake up to our home or auto defaced....in the name of art or not. Simply respect.

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          ammarjamal 9 years ago

          jojo

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          An Art in any form is still an art.

          Great Lens.

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          ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

          What a neat lens! Artists need to express themselves. for some, the canvas is the side of a bus.

          5*

          Lizzy

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          ricarde 9 years ago

          Thanks for the Photoshop information! I really found your lens helpful!

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          Katherine Tyrrell 9 years ago from London

          This is a great lens - lots of information, different perspectives and oodles of images.

          If it's OK with you, I've added you into my group of lenses providing information for artists - see http://www.squidoo.com/groups/resourcesforartists

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          tiner 9 years ago

          Thanks for sharing. Very cool.

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          beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

          I really like the grunge and urban designs. brilliant artwork! but must use in the proper place.

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          Eenuh 9 years ago

          I'm actually currently studying Street Art for my Contemporary Art class, so this lens was really nice to stumble upon.

          Great work. =)

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          Angelina 9 years ago from California

          really great art and thanks for the Photoshop info

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          hearthealth lm 9 years ago

          the palestine wall poster is especially brilliant. very eye-opening lens. 5 flamin' and favin'! Hope you could drop by my glass art and carnival glass sometime.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Well done, good sir. I'm a new user of this squid site thing and your page has served a two-fold purpose. It has shown me what I should be shooting for with my lens, and shown me that there's actually a subculture out there that takes stenciled graffiti art seriously. I pretend to make stenciled graffiti art and it turns out that I'm not too bad. Thank you. Keep it real and don't break anything that you can't afford.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Nice pictures and useful information. thanks! 5 stars.

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          religions7 9 years ago

          Love the stenciled type of graffiti you showcase here :)

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          kathysart 9 years ago

          Wonderful lens! Art expressed in so many ways.. It all comes from the heart.

          FIVE STENCIL GRAFFITI STARS!

          Aloha, Kathy

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          RuthCoffee 9 years ago

          Wow, maybe even I could do this. Very nice lens

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          DazzlingDesigns 9 years ago

          Wonderful 5-Star lens! Please feel free to stop by my Custom Handcrafted Jewelry lens. Thanks, Donia

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          Fox Music 9 years ago

          Great Lens!! I have Seen Some Very Cool Graffiti Art via Youtube and flickr that were so life like and Dimentional - I have also Seen an interesting Variation, 12" Vinyl Art - Graffitti Artist from Around the Globe Submit an Old Record with Their Art for an Exibition.. I Believe they are up their 4th Annual Event.

          Check out my Art Lens on Warhol Jackies by Warhol go to Dallas

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          ShortSaleRealtor 9 years ago

          Great lens hi 5 to you

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          beeobrien lm 9 years ago

          Great lens. Thanks.

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          iDoodle 9 years ago

          great lens, love the artwork

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          it was alright.

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          jzorro 9 years ago

          Nice Lens! Graffiti can be an art...

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          funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

          Informative Lens! Makes me look at graffiti in a totally different way. Please visit my Lionel Trains lens.

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          Piksychick 9 years ago

          This is an interesting lens. I have seen a few examples of this type of graffiti here on the island. It's a great form of expression.

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          akrause2112 9 years ago

          Interesting lens! Excellent addition to the BIG LENSES group!

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          indiependent 9 years ago

          great lens! :]

          5 stars

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          Dav1d0 9 years ago

          Really nice lens. 5 stars of course.

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          Great lens, I enjoy staying with you. BOOKMARKED!

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          Jeff Wendland 9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

          There is some excellent example images that you have provided. blessings

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          TriviaChamp 9 years ago

          Found the information on how to create a stencil of great benefit. The lens overall in my opinion is very interesting. Good job.

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          kathysart 9 years ago

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          WONDERFUL LENS! FIVE GRAFFITI STARS! lol

          Who Was Camille Claudel? Hummm...

          https://hubpages.com/art/camilleclaudelsculpture

          Aloha , Kathy

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          teamlane 9 years ago

          I always feel a little out of sorts when blessing another angel's lens, but you've got it! Very creative idea for a lens kab! ~Colleen ~A~

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          flaminglacer 9 years ago

          Squid Angel blessing - excellent lens

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          Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

          Excellent lens, I didn't realize this was one of yours!

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          bdkz 9 years ago

          Great lens. While I do think that Graffiti can be used in a negative way it is also a beautiful art form and is a huge part of Pop Culture. PS - I've given your lens an Angel Blessing!

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          thomasz 9 years ago

          Wow really great lens. Come visit my lenses.

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          thomasz 9 years ago

          Cool lens. Interesting info.

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          Colin_McDermott 9 years ago

          Hi! Inspiring Lens!

          My graffiti lens is still work in progress but...

          http://www.squidoo.com/graffiti-generator

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          Music-Resource 9 years ago

          Hi Nice stencil graffiti lens. I didn't know about the stencil side of the art. I've always been amazed at some of the talented graffiti art displays I've seen in the inner city. In your poll I voted "I like graffitti, if it is done well, and looks nice, AND means something to the general paserby (not just tag names)" Nice job. ~Music Resource~

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          Bonfire Designs 9 years ago

          Stencil art is incredible, as down to earth as it is amazing! I have no natural art talent and think those that do are so lucky! I need a computer and imagination for my stuff to work. Great lens, I really enjoyed it.

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          Robin S 9 years ago from USA

          Your photos are amazing. Great work on this lens.

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          MrElite 9 years ago

          I love this style of art, it's the best.

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          Aika 9 years ago

          urban art, cool! I like the concept. :)

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          sonia simone 9 years ago

          Very cool lens! Some great stuff here.

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          photogold 9 years ago

          Thanks for joining my Modern Art group at Squidoo. Why don't you join my All Stars group and be part of the finest collection of lenses on Squidoo?

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          Asher Socrates 9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

          What a great job! enjoyed the huge amount of info that you have here.

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          ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

          This is really cool art when you use it for the right purposes. Come over to A Day of Hope

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          anonymous 9 years ago

          ena stencil

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          Signhappy 9 years ago

          Nice spotlight on some very creative and innovative, albeit non-traditional, artists.

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          tplus 9 years ago

          Congratulations! You are #8 at Who Has the Most Lenses?! I've picked this lens to be featured alongside your name. Come check out your competition!

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          coollikeme 9 years ago

          5 star lens

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          allysa 9 years ago

          very creative and cool portraits on the street. Love your lens. 5 stars for you

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          ginacarlin 9 years ago

          What a cool topic. Great lens. SO creative.

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          lovemybob 9 years ago

          Looks like great fun, welcome to The Painting Group!

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