Stencil Graffiti in SE


I’ve been noticing a lot of stencil graffiti in my neighborhood lately. I know it’s bad and wrong but I actually really like this one that’s over on 21st and SE Clinton. At least it shows some skill and a sense of humor. It would be great to find out who the artist is and see if they might be interested in doing something a little more productive like help create sets at Fright Town. If you’re out there leave a cryptic message.

11 Comments so far

  1. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 10:54 am

    Could you post your home address for us, please? Because I’m sure you won’t mind us coming and adding some artwork to your house.

    Or is it only cool if they’re vandalizing someone else’s property?

  2. Kai (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    The graffiti pictured is on a wall that’s being torn down after a fire, so it didn’t seem to be as much of an act of “vandalizsm” as an opportunity to decorate something that is currently an eyesore. And people have tagged my property which we kept because we liked the design.

  3. Kai (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    I meant “vandalism”, which I agree is a bad thing.

  4. Taylor (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    I enjoyed a lot of the artistic, back-alley grafitti while traveling in Europe last year. Especially in Holland, where train-side grafitti has evolved into a true art form.

    There are plenty of public and semi-public spaces in town that would benefit from true grafitti art – not this random, hurried, gang related junk we see – but real, impromptu street art. A city as progressive as Portland should be opening up more creative “user-generated content” zones that promote free artistic expression.

    The John Lennon wall in Prague is anotehr example of such a space (which aslo doubles as a tourist attraction).

  5. Julian Chadwick (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    That’s pretty sweet!

    How big is it?

  6. Kai (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    It’s about five feet tall.

  7. Mr. Viddy (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    I saw this stuff all the time down in Albuquerque, it can be pretty cool.

  8. Tone (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Ooo, I like this one!

  9. jj (unregistered) on August 13th, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

    I’d love to find the person who stenciled our driveway right before we moved in (almost 2 years ago). We love our “robot”, as my son calls it, and it’s starting to wear away from being driven over. I’d be thrilled if they came back and re-stenciled it :)

    It’s the same as the one at 11th and Madison that Dieselboi posted to flickr
    ( – if anyone knows the source, send ’em my way!

  10. george (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 8:06 am


    you need: cardboard. boxing knife. spray paint. afternoon.

    and you can have your robot back!

  11. Aaron G. Blockhead (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    As I am sure many are aware, there are many resources on the net for stencils. If not, check it out (rather pedestrian, but it’s a place to start):

    For years I’ve wanted to do a multi-colored/layered stencil, but I couldn’t bring myself to deface anybodies property and cops scare me. Every time I get arrested seems like less fun than the last.


    Anybody who knows about Invader Zim, see if you can find the silver Girs on the Scoreboard. I think there are 4.

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