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The Simple Street Art Stencil: Cut To the Truth

“All I want is the truth. Just give me some truth” – John Lennon

John Lennon, a guy who lived in the eye of a hurricane of hype for a major portion of his adult life once screamed at the top of his lungs for something called truth. At a time when we are condescendingly shouted at to give up our previous conceptions of personal privacy for security and cookies, naked air travelers and torture victims and spillcams and spreadsheets and state secrets are now streaming live via the world wide buffet and everybody is seeing more truth than they were ready for.

Amidst the data storm, something about the simple, uncluttered straight-forward real deal is straight-up appealing. Maybe that is why the one layer stencil, however ornate it can be sometimes, is an enduring favorite of street art fans and artists. Effective visual communication doesn’t have to be fussy, filigreed, or high-falutin’, and some would argue that it takes real courage to let one stencil do the simple truth-telling.


C215 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Care (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nothing To See Here Sir Carry On (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bishop 203 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)


American Family With Red Son (photo © Jaime Rojo)


The Ghost of tax cuts past. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


GILF does Betty White? (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Joe Franquinha Peace and Sport (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Silver Ghost (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Um, nice socks.  Olympia (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Look who’s on the TeeVee. Sunset Boulevard (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Poison Rabbit (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Walt Whiskers Alley Cats (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Reading under the learning T. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

On the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death in NYC… We love you John and Yoko.

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Stencil of the Week 11.20.10


As chosen by Samantha Longhi of Stencil History Xbrooklyn-street-art-c215-stencil-history-x-web

C215 “MIrleft” From the show “Community Service” at Itinerrance. Photo courtesy of Itinerrance


Andrea Michaelsson – Btoy “This City” Photo © Btoy

brooklyn-street-art-faile-stencil-history-x-webFaile Perry Rubenstein Gallery Photo © Lois Stavsky

brooklyn-street-art-Gaston-Lagaffe-franquin-stencil-history-x-webGaston Lagaffe (Franquin) Hamburg, Germany Photo © Liborius

brooklyn-street-art-finbar-stencil-history-x-webFinbar Nicole W – blue version Photo © Finbar

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Stencil Top Five 10.23.10


As chosen by Samantha Longhi of Stencil History X

Bansky in London (Photo © Pau Nine O)
Bansky in London (Photo © Pau Nine O)

The Dude Company. Soirée Plastic, Brasseries de Bellevue, Bruxelles. (Photo © The Dude Company)

The Dude Company carries his love for Brooklyn show all over the world, including here in Brussels. “Soirée Plastic”, Brasseries de Bellevue, Bruxelles. (Photo © The Dude Company)


Xooox at The International Moniker Art Fair in London (Photo © Stencil History X)


A collaborative piece by C215 & Orticanoodles. (Photo © C215)

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Stencil of the Week 10.16.10


As chosen by Samantha Longhi of Stencil History X

Animus "Soggettivismo" From a picture by John Steven Fernandez (Photo © Animus)

“Soggettivismo”, from a picture by John Steven Fernandez by Animus (Photo © Animus)

Nazza Hênîa y Kâmîare / ¡Kom-chingôn! / Cordoba  (Photo © Nazza)

Nazza Hênîa y Kâmîare / ¡Kom-chingôn! / Cordoba (Photo © Nazza)

Anonymous on the streets of Haiffa, Israel (Photo © Lois Stavsky)

Anonymous on the streets of Haifa, Israel (Photo © Lois Stavsky)

Sot Old in scarf / IRAN-Tabriz (Photo © Sot)

From Iran, Street Artist Sot in Tabriz (Photo © Sot)

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Stencils of the Week 09.18.10


We’re moving the Stencil Top 5 to Saturdays, hooray!


This one of a kind stencil by Penny called “Lexine” is a 7-layer hand cut piece on a steel bolt plate. (photo courtesy Stencil History X)


Image of Kngee © Luna Park courtesy of Stencil History X.


Very appropriate placement for this Ender piece in France, “Madone (Mariolle) à l’enfant”. (photo courtesy Stencil History X)


This one looks like Banksy and Blek mixed with  (photo © Wojofoto courtesy Stencil History X)


Here is an image of how Specter did his sidebust spot-jock unwanted collaboration with Faile, who told us Thursday night they thought it was funny and well done. See more about Specter’s latest project here on Huffington Post. (image courtesy Stencil History X)

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Stencil of the Week 08.07.10


Samantha’s been on holiday and returns this week with a stunning find by stencil artist C215. The fine Frenchman has been exploring color over the past year or so and the results are quite effective, as in this portrait outside the Signal Gallery in London.

Image of C215 © RomanyWG, courtesy of Stencil History X

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C215 is coming to Brooklyn next month at Brooklynite Gallery with Eelus

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Logan Hicks in Paris Spraying Stencils on the Street for Show

The Bearded Brooklyn Brotherman Readies His Solo Show at Galerie Itinerrance


Sunday afternoon stencil artist Logan Hicks had to “take it outside” – so often the case with artists who use cans to create.

The artist who employs the dissapearing
The artist who celebrates the vanishing point perspective is framed here by the streetscape of Paris.

His intricately cut stencils were there for any passerby to see as Logan set up shop on the street, carefully placing layer after layer, strategically sticking a bit of blue gaffers tape here and there to keep them in place, and wielding well-rendered plumes of colored aerosol above the templates to fill the empty shapes.




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A classic stencil painting  by Logan Hicks celebrates the symmetry and rhythm of shape and pattern in this image of subway platforms.

Logan showing one of his newest pieces, "Life Line"

Logan showing one of his newest pieces, “Life Line”

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"The Long Road" by Logan Hicks
“The Long Road” by Logan Hicks

By nightfall he finished preparing his latest pieces, including his near classic “The Long Road” and a new addition “Life Line”.  Today he’s taking it inside to paint a mural inside the gallery.



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C215: Piercing Gazes, Storied Lines, and Stunning Stencil Work


Stencil artist C215 creates portraits of humanity; family, friends, and people who live on the street.

His clarity of detail and multi-lined visages can even give the impression that something more is employed than simple stencilling, but that’s why the word “master” enters the conversation sometimes when people discuss his work.

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

This street artist has shown in Brooklyn galleries as well as most of the world (most recently in Toronto), and he receives regular invitations to participate in exhibitions.

He’s also partial to running art workshops for local kids and counts Brazil, Morocco, even Senegal among the places he’s had the pleasure of playing art teacher. This love for kids is easy to see in the many depictions of nearly glowing children.

C215 (detail)
C215 (detail) (© Jaime Rojo)

We don’t know when he is coming to New York, but we always know when he has been here.Suddenly these new faces are peering from the sides of dumpsters, doorways, and de-commisioned fire boxes.

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

His images are often portraits of fellow humans of all ages and genders. He captures his models’ character with compassion – You can almost feel the emotions of his models just by looking at their portraits: pain, sorrow, happiness, peace, longing and loneliness seep through the rivers of creases and wrinkles on their faces.

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C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

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C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

The intensity of gaze and the way in which he draws their eyes is a captivating invitation to go inside their souls and glimpse their lives. It can be difficult to draw yourself away from their piercing and sometimes furious gaze.

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

C215 (detail)
C215 (detail) (© Jaime Rojo)

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

His portraits of children in particular are always inspiring and reassuring.  With those images he manages to convey a sense of hope and innocence that we hope is no lost yet. By his own account, he makes a new stencil every week of his daughter to remind her that she is on his mind. In that way, every new stencil is really a snapshot.

C215 (detail)
The sihouetted form among telephone wires is such a powerful evocation that the viewer wants to know the story.   C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

The technique of using multiple pieces  in one stencil means that he can achieve effects that few stencil artists do, and the details – facial hair, folds in fabric, wrinkles… all transcend the pedestrian act of cutting and spraying.

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

C215 is reported to makes stencils of people in the particular city he is visiting at that time.  It is quite possible that some of these stencils are only found here in Brooklyn.

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

These images are just a few of C215’s work in Brooklyn as well as a couple of old pieces that have not yet been published here before.  Hope you like looking at them.

C215 (© Jaime Rojo)

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