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Hey there, I've been wandering the streets of San Francisco and staring at the walls, poles, fences, and sidewalks, since 1997. The City's urban landscapes can be filled with graffiti, murals, stickers, stencils, and other creative styles.

I have been documenting, writing about, and making stencils since 1995.

In 2008, I wrote the book "Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community, and Art." It has over 500 photos, 400 artists, from 28 countries. I also have a website (since 2002) with over 20,000 photographs of street art documented. I have exhibited art shows as well as written essays for art books.

Go here for more info: www.stencilarchive.org

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Reviews for Russell H.
Danielle

Our group loved the tour, Russell was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. We only had an hour and a half for the tor but wish we had more time with him as it was so good. I highly recommend.

Gila C.

We took a 3 hours tour with Russel. It was a wonderful experience. Russel was very knowledgeable, and his guidance was facinating, easy going and made the 3 hours fly. We walked the alleys that we otherwise would never go there and saw the many faces that Mission District offers. We strongly recommend this tour as a way to explore a different angle of San Francisco.

Casey C.

This is an off-the-beaten trail unique San Francisco experience you can't miss. Russell is an incredibly knowledgable and cool guide who gives you a relaxed tour at your own pace. He's met, and knows personally, many of the artists that he shows on the street and gives you insight into that world with its undercurrents and unwritten stories and laws. Since the tour, it's been fun to begin to really see all of this art that I had previously just walked by!

Nirmal T.

We took a tour with Russell around the Mission district in SF. Russell is an awesome tour guide! For one Russell really knows his way around the best street art in SF. Russell understands the theory and types of art and walks you through identifying these on the streets. Finally Russell loves the art around SF, knows a lot of artists personally and loves the vibrant diversity of the city and its expression! I'd go out scouting the streets of SF with Russell again!

Ann

Russell was a great and knowledgeable guide on my tour of the Tenderloin last weekend. Some really fabulous, large murals in this neighborhood, which is definitely a neighborhood in transition. Russell gave great background on the art and the area, and is clearly passionate about his work. Recommended!

Tyrrell S.

Russell was a super legit street art guide! I always felt comfortable on the tour, knew I was seeing the art the way it should be seen, and with an insider who truly appreciates all the gems on the tour. Highly recommended!

Michelle K.

This was a great tour! San Francisco has lots of interesting street art and Russell is super knowledgeable about it and a great tour guide - really flexible and helpful. This is a really fun thing to do on a free afternoon in SF.

Rosemary H.

I was looking for something different to do that would interest a group ranging in age from 18 to 60 years old. This fit the bill perfectly. Russell is a great tour guide. Enthusiastic, articulate and well-informed. We were a group of 5 and took a weekend tour. Russell was reliable, met us at the agreed upon spot at the agreed upon time. I would do this tour again.

Julie P.

I highly recommend this experience! We had a fantastic time with Russell. Being an artist himself, Russell is passionate and knowledgeable about all forms of street art. The tour is well-curated: you will get to see and learn about a wide range of pieces and street art history in general. The tour is great for both Bay Area denizens and out-of-town visitors. My eyes have been opened, and I now not only see street art in all the places I never noticed before, but I can appreciate it as well. Thanks Russell!

Martha W.

This tour was excellent. Russell was very knowledgeable, passionate, answered many questions and took us to lots of streets filled with street art where we were able to see fantastic art. We managed to book him last minute just for the 4 of us. Fully recommended.

Jeff A.

Russell gave us a fantastic tour - he is the ultimate street art historian with many interesting stories and perspectives. We loved it. And he took us on the hottest August 15 in SF history. Don't miss Russell's version of San Francisco!

Lisa C.

Looks like so much fun!

Ulrike

We just returned from San Francisco where one of the highlights was the street art tour we did with Russell - despite the drizzle that day. Communication with Russell via Vayable was easy and he was very flexible about date and time and number of participants. We met him with his bike in front of a cafe and after a brief introduction to San Francisco's history he took us through the streets of the Mission district and showed us a vast selection of different types of murals and graffiti, which we would not have found on our own and definitely not within the limited time we had available. Our favorites were the Edificio de Mujeres and the large black and white Santana mural ... AMAZING ! Russell was super friendly and easy going. Thank you, Russell !

Ismail M.

Looks exciting!

Ashley

Excellent guide..

Kara

What a great tour! Russell really knows his stuff. Very informative and fun. At the end of the three hours, I left with loads of great pictures and plans to take another tour with Russell the next time I'm back in town!

Abraham L.

Great experience! Russell was a wonderful tour guide who freely shared his knowledge of San Francisco and its street art. I went on both his Mission and Tenderloin/South of Market neighborhood tours. He found interesting art on nearly every block. The street art scene is constantly changing with new murals being created and old pieces being removed or replaced so I am looking forward to returning for another tour with Russell. I am a solo traveler who was in San Francisco for the weekend. Russell arranged two "custom" two hour tours for me rather than his usual three hour tour. I mentioned to Russell that I had been on a Mission area mural tour a few years ago so he altered his usual tour so we could spend our time going to see the newer art works in the area. After Russell's tours I have a greater appreciation for the street art that is all around us...from the stencils on sidewalks to the murals on the sides of multi-story buildings.

Birgitta K.

We were a big group from a Swedish museum that had a good time in the company of Russell and his expertice. By bus and foot we visited areas that the Group would not have gone to on their own and we saw installations, murals and graffiti of all kinds. A truly different experience and great fun. Birgitta BK Travel Solutions Sweden

Gary T.

Russell was an excellent guide and his enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for street art really made this walk enjoyable. It also gives you a chance to experience a more off the beaten track area of San Francisco. On the trip we saw a combination of street art, graffiti and murals. It was a great tour which I would recommend to anyone interested in street art. I have also already received my follow up email from Russell with details of the art we saw on the trip, which is greatly appreciated to help with my continued street art learning!

Denise

Russell did an amazing job touring my son and his 4 friends all over the Mission. He is a wealth of knowledge regarding the history of stenciling, graffiti, and street art in San Francisco. The boys were vibrating after 3 hours touring the alleys and nooks and crannies, hearing all of the inside scoop regarding the historical artists, as well as the up and coming new artists. In addition, Russell followed up with an email filled with suggestions for places they can get additional information, which was over the top. I highly recommend the tour for anyone interested in this genre, but even for someone just interested in a unique perspective on San Francisco it's a great way to spend 3 hours.