|I am a little embarrassed to expose my interest in graffiti. I had been making stencils with my dad and brother for about 5 years when I decided to make a stack of stencils that I could put together to spray up an entire continent of Africa. There are 47 countries in Africa, not including the islands São Tomé and Príncipe.
I scaled up a map of Africa to about 90 miles per inch, country by country. On my map, the Ivory Coast was about as big as a Zip disk. I cut the separate stencils out and I was ready for action with just 4-5 colors of spray paint.
I actually only used it a few times: Once on this wall near the UCEN, and once for a Halloween costume.
Halloween is a big deal in Isla Vista, the apartment wasteland next to U. C. Santa Barbara, and in 1990, I needed a costume. I acquired two large sheets of cardboard and spray-painted Africa onto one of them, country by country. I left Madagascar out. I cut out a hole for my face where Sudan meets the Central African Republic. I then cut the other sheet into a back panel, tied them together and squeezed into the Africa sandwich I had created.
|Halloween in Isla Vista in not composed of small parties in houses, it is thousands of students and visitors, drinking and roaming the streets in costume. My friends and I did some drinking and a lot of wandering. The drunken masses liked Africa. People that thought that I was South America were quickly berated. One woman approached me from behind, saw my face and announced how surprised she was that I was "white as the driven snow".
|The costume kind of took a beating that night, and I threw it out, but I still have all the stencils! E-mail me if you want a six-foot Africa on your wall or on a canvas.
In early 1999 I got an email from an interested party & I traded the Africa Stencils away . It was a nice young woman in England...She sent me a promo copy of 3D Studio VIZ 2 (Kinetix) and all the manuals. She worked for an English 3D Magazine. She didn't send the dongal, however, so I still had to track down a crack for it. :( Still, I can't really complain, as the retail value of that package is US$3200.00, and the manuals that came along with it were invaluable in learning 3DStudio Max!