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In the summer of 1984 the art of graffiti writing spread throughout Stain's Baltimore neighborhood like an epidemic. It captured the imagination of many pre-adolescent youth looking for ways to express themselves outside the norms of school and mundane playground sports. He was one of those kids who became infected by graffiti's bold color, striking form, and independent nature. As time went by he investigated other avenues of art such as printmaking and graphic design. For the past 11 years his medium of choice has been aerosol paint, an X-Acto knife and Dura-Lar.The objective of the book is to bring to light the stories of the often overlooked individuals of society.
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Chris Stain was born in 1972 and grew up writing Graffiti in Baltimore, MD. He was raised in the working class neighbourhood of Highland town, Baltimore. Through printmaking in high school he adapted stencilling techniques, which later lead to his work in street stencils and urban contemporary art. In 2000 he began exhibiting his work, adapting images from photographs and working with spray paint, stencils, and paper to create interior and exterior work. Compared at times to the American Social Realist movement of the 1930's and '40's, Chris's work echoes his upbringing and the people who helped shape his mental and physical landscape. His work illustrates the struggles of the unrecognized and underrepresented individuals of society. Chris currently teaches art in New York City where he lives with his family, while pursuing a BA in Art Education.

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