Stage Right stencil

This is on the Metallica Live Sh*t box set. It’s close to MD Military Stencil A but not an exact match. Any clue?


It might’ve been taken from a photo of an actual tour crate (the box looks like a miniature of a tour crate, doesn’t it?) or heavily manipulated in Photoshop or Illustrator (the Ts and Gs are quite different).

You might check out the house fonts (1) warehouse and (2) openhouse. both stencil although not the same.

Yes it looks like a picture taken from a tour crate. Usually the text is spray painted on with stencils. As for the look of the letters I can take care of that. I’m just trying to find the font used. If all else fails I guess I can use the MD Military Stencil A and just modify it.

i think what he’s saying is it may not be a font but an actual stencil.
sometimes the best way to get that “stencil look” is to actually cut out
some letters and do some spray painting. but that’s just me.

the best way to get that “stencil look” is to actually cut out some letters and do some spray painting.

Damn right, why use US$ 5.000 worth of computer equipment to achieve the exact effect you get with a couple of sheets of paper, a pair of scissors and a spray can. It’s not just you, Isaac. :-)


The weirdest thing with stencil fonts was that we used an Apply stencil font for a book cover raw design and the client liked it so much we HAD to use exactly that type design. But to get it more organic we printed out a large version of the book title, sprayed it on paper, re-scanned it, put it through streamline and THEN used it in the final design. A bit of a weird digital-analog-digital-ride, but so much fun we ended up spray-painting the whole concrete floor of our studio with senseless messages :-)

ah, process.

It’s reassuring to notice that some people are still willing to get their hands dirty to make something beautiful.

Reminds me of how Ian Swift explained at an FSI conference how he made this billboard for Labatt Ice or something like that. It was quite exhilarating hearing him go on enthousiastically about the making of the piece, feeling the building tension and anticipation in the crowd as he explained the various stages of creation which included baking his printouts in an oven, putting them in the freezer, smashing them to bits and reassembling the pieces etc., and the sudden roar of applause when he finished his story… Rock’n’Roll!

Try this:

It’s a pretty decent match, though it’s clear that the original specimen appears to be hand-done.