What is Stencil Graffiti

Stencil from the movie Fight Club

You've heard of graffiti in the general sense of the word. It's the scribbly lines you see on random walls. Oftentimes, you find yourself staring at the outrageous design to figure out what it says, but to no avail you end up walking away. This form of public art has been around for centuries since the era of the cavemen. Today, graffiti is seen as an eyesore and as defacement of property. Lawmakers who have failed to see graffiti for its artistic beauty have passed laws making it illegal.

Stencil from  Austria

Stencil graffiti takes that idea of painting on walls and tagging random signs by using a stencil made of cardboard or another medium. It is tamed graffiti, yet it still is a form of artistic expression. Artists use this medium of expression for social and political commentary. Stencil graffiti is associated with political and social issues more than the traditional graffiti methods. These messages are often presented through humorous, shocking or ironic images or words. Artists, such as Banksy, have become well known because of their political messages to the world.

Stencils come in all shapes and sizes. They vary from simple writing or images, to a mixture of both. What makes stencil graffiti interesting is its mysterious factor. Stencils are not usually in plain view. They are put in weird places that make finding them all the more rewarding. Some stencils are so well disguised that you don't even realize what they are until you get a better look. This sub-culture of artistry has been around for about 30 years and has been growing in popularity through the years. A simple awareness to this form of art is more rewarding than one would think. It is clever and thought-provoking art.