Mike Shine’s interests range from surfing to carnivals and his dynamic approach to art-making manifests as immersive installations, which he’s created throughout the Bay Area at museums, galleries, and even at “The Shine Shack,” his home in Bolinas. His artwork is inspired by carnival aesthetics and his own narrative about Dr. Flotsam, a clown character who represents the darker aspects of life and was inspired by the legend of Faust and the fictional demon Mephistopheles.

Shine has recently been working on large-scale, multi-layered stencils to create murals in the Tenderloin. We paid a visit to the Shine Shack and asked him to give us a primer on stencil-making, and tell us more about his style and his history of working with stencils, which are one of the most accessible tools for creating a message and spreading it (or spray painting it) widely.

Stencils on the Street with Mike Shine 2 July,2014Kristin Farr


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is the creator and producer of KQED’s Emmy Award-winning web video series, Art School, and she is also a contributing editor for Juxtapoz magazine.┬áHer artwork has been exhibited at galleries around the Bay Area including YBCA, Fifty24SF, Anno Domini and The Bedford Gallery. Her FarrOut art app for iOS was released in 2013. She lives in the East Bay and her favorite color is all of them.

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