Daily Archives: August 19, 2003

Andre and the Pixelated Face Stencil

I remember seeing the original Andre the Giant stickers all over Providence for some time, before I finally heard it was a RISD kid down the street who started it all. Having seen a huge number of the “Obey” Giant stickers around, I decided to do a little research into it, and lo and behold, it is still his work that is spreading.

I've been noticing more and more guerilla art around the neighborhood lately, especially the spray-paint stencils. My question is who the pixelated stencil guy is. He's subtle and he's creepy, and I like him, but I can't figure out who he's supposed to be (if anyone). Since I haven't been able to identify the face, I've been interpreting it as a sort of Big Brother representation. He's been showing up more and more around the neighborhood, and in some strange places.

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stencils2.jpg Here's another stencil that's been popping up here and there. Not quite as subtle as the face, but quick to read and recognize. StencilArchive.org has got a massive gallery of stencil images, broken up by US region and San Francisco neighborhood. Lots of great images.