Old School Stealthy Stencil

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Introduction: Old School Stealthy Stencil

This is a trick learned from CRASS stencilers.
You'll need:
paper grocery bag
side of half rack box sized stencil
maybe bluetack or something else to affix the stencil to the wall temporarily. i just use tape.

Step 1: Cut the Bottom Out of a Paper Bag...

make the hole slightly smaller than the stencil so as to have something to tape on, and give it a little strength.

Step 2: Tape the Stencil to the INSIDE of the Bag

if you leave alot of space around your design you'll have enough support to keep your cans in the bag itself. best to use the small model sized cans so you can move your hand around in there.

Step 3: That's It! Now You've Got a Normal Looking Paper Bag

with the voice of errant youth in the bottom. put the bluetack/tape on the bottom, press it up against a wall, and spray! ta-friggin'-da...



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    As a Police Officer I am constantly having to deal with taggers and their vandalism. As Fungus Amungus said "Most graffiti is boring and ego-driven and aimed at an insider audience." In Fresno, Graffiti needs to be painted out within a matter of days. Study after study has shown that Graffiti is one of the items that leads to higher crime rates. It falls into the "broken window theory."

    Seattle PD's website has a good synopsis of the broken window theory here.

    Graffiti costs the City of Fresno $1,461,700 a year for removal. That doesn't even count the cost to businesses and citizens for things we cant paint over (business signs, road signs, etc.) That is money that could be spent to improve peoples lives, to make Fresno a safer place, to fund skate parks, schools, art classes, etc. Instead it is wasted painting over graffiti.

    Thank you for contributing to the problem.

    Commission someone to draw up some artwork. A library was having issues with people tagging a wall. The hired some artists to graffiti the wall in a theme suitable for a library. In over a decade nobody has even attempted to tag the wall. The wall is much more visually appealing now and it was far, far less costly than removing/covering the paint every time some punk sees that their artwork was removed.

    it should be decriminalized, then crime will drop dramatically! also, in europe. you'll see ten times more graffiti, and there is a fraction of our violent crime. your stat is wonky. the public belongs to the public. keep us safe, please. but city administrators and cops aren't aesthetician or curators. don't worry about the graffiti, please.

     and what about the brand name thrown up everywhere? those should be removed to, because they are justas offensive as  tags. as an artist i think that dirty words have no artistic value, but some of the more profound work is actually art. APPRECIATE PEOPLES CREATIVITY! you should read "WALL AND PEICE" by Banksy.

    Please refer to my reply dated April 3, 2007 10:00PM.  Covers most of what you just said.

    Actually my buddy has that and I have been aware of Banksy for a long time.   His stuff at least has a message and is done well.  "ZxBAdaZZmofo" scrawled on a house in spraypaint has no message, serves no purpose, and simply defaces property.

    If it costs that much don't remove it. DUH!

    "Graffiti costs the City of Fresno $1,461,700 a year for removal." Proof!!!! Don't just throw out a statistic without your proof. Sounds like some lameass crap a cop would through out with nothing to back it up because he heard it in some continuing ed. seminar and took it for sacred. If they spend that much they need to hire out to a private contractor cause it could be done for much cheaper, I'll guarandamntee you. Too many entitled civil service govt. teet suckers on the dole.

    waste your $1,461,700 on something alot more constructive. I can understand some graffiti is ugly to look at and crude, But some is beautiful no matter what anyone else says.

    I enjoy to see the art side of graffiti, but i will say i hate to see "f*** yous"
    and similar graffiti that has so artistic value.

    why waste so much money removing it?

    thank you.

    Yvonee thank you for keeping your reply civil, unlike "lampajoo".

    I have no problem with TRUE urban art, when done with the permission of the owner. We have many businesses that hire urban artists to paint murals on their store walls. There is no use and no art for straight tagging.

    You live in Oregon, so I'm sure graffiti isn't used in the same context as it is here in Fresno. I would personally estimate that about 90-95% of our graffiti is gang related and used to mark off territory, diss/challenge opposing gangs, etc.

    We are overwhelmed by gangs. We have been hitting one gang so hard, they even put a hit out on our Chief. We have thousands of gang bangers and hundreds of gangs and gang sects. We have over 4000 validated members, 1500 associates, and 4500 non-validated members/associates in just ONE gang alone.

    Graffiti serves as the newspaper for the gang culture. In any neighborhood where we allow graffiti to stay up, quickly gang violence follows. The faster we paint over a challenge/etc, the less likely that challenged will learn that someone is dissing him. Spray paint on a wall can lead to blood on the street.

    Ok so Fresno is infested with gangs? What's that got to do with people making stencils and tagging telephone poles and bar washroom walls in Toronto? Nothing probably - sounds like we're living in two different worlds. I think you can't apply your experience to everyone or every instructable. I think the idea is great and that you're experience has turned you into a zealot.