Street artist Chris Stain grew up in Baltimore, Maryland writing graffiti in the mid 1980’s. Through printmaking in high school, he adapted stenciling techniques, which later lead to his work in street stencils and urban contemporary art.
Compared at times to the American Social Realist movement of the 1930’s and ‘40’s, Stains’s work is a direct reflection of his surroundings - "the people, neighborhoods, and struggles, that are swept along with the every day lives of the common American."
"I want my work to be true to who I am as a person, says Stain. "I heard a great quote today by a jazz musician who said, 'You gotta blow your own horn. You can't blow somebody else's.'"
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Photo credit: Jaime Rojo