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.
A graphic artist working in the music and television industries, Tristan Manco is the director of
Tijuana Design, based in Bristol, England. Over the last fifteen years, originally inspired by Parisian stencil graffiti,
he has been documenting walls worldwide.
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