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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

How to make a stencil
A step-by-step guide on how to leave your unique, indelible mark
on Ann Arbor city property.
1.) Gather your supplies: an X-acto knife,
w some heavy-stock paper and spraypaint.
2.) Pick out a source image, preferably=
something you can easily draw or trace .
that has strong contrast between positivey
and negative space.
~3.) Cut out the positive space with the X-
4.) Pick a nice, dry (preferably concrete)
spot, tape your stencil down and spray
5.) Admire your work, but get away from
= the scene before attracting too much
°' - Lloyd H. Cargo

Aided by spray paint, a profile of John Cotrane joins the other stenciled art on campus.

Taking it to the A2 streets

By Andrew Sargus Klein
Associate Arts Editor
Move to Detroit.
Conformity is the new pink.
The Versificators.
If these phrases tickle the hack of
your brain, look to the ground beneath
your feet. Ann Arbor's walkways are lit-
tered with paper pizza plates and chalked
advertisements for the Christian Right,
salsa lessons at the Michigan Union and
other peripheral happenings at the Uni-
versity. While the elements wash these

temporary statements away every few
days, stencils - spray-painted, template-
based images - endure for much longer.
Sometimes painfully so.
As a form of graffiti, stenciling cotn-
mands a gravitas unknown to multi-
colored chalk and flyers. It's addictive
repetition springs from corporate, label-
based advertising, and it's the medium
through which extremely dynamic - and
relevant - art is being produced (see
But in our quaint bungalow of a
city, stenciling has slipped away from

its rough upbringing to encompass all
things collegiate. Now band stencils can
be spotted from the Diag through Kerry-
town. Political statements don't ascend
higher than knee level. Ann Arbor's
banal graffiti scene finds no rescue in
her stencils. The lone "Move to Detroit"
on Catherine Street is doubly poignant:
Revitalize the Motor City. Go experi-
ence better graffiti.
Or: Learn bow to make your own tem-
plates. Fast and easy, you can subvert the
man in as little as 45 minutes. Help make
our sidewalks viewable again.

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