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Sloth – Sticker Artist Interview…

How did you get into sticker art?
I got into stickers when I moved to Center City Philadelphia,about 4 1/2 years ago, I would walk around and see all the news bins just crushed with stickers from a wide variety of artists kind of got me thinking ok I wanna get out here and give it a go and see what happens.
What made you choose stickers over other artistic mediums?
What I like about stickers is that you can take your time with them, make as many as you want and put them up at your leisure. Not to mention collaborating with other artists on them. That’s one aspect that I really like.
What artists did you see on the streets that really inspired you to make stickers?How did you get into sticker art?
I got into stickers when I moved to Center City Philadelphia,about 4 1/2 years ago, I would walk around and see all the news bins just crushed with stickers from a wide variety of artists kind of got me thinking ok I wanna get out here and give it a go and see what happens.
What made you choose stickers over other artistic mediums?
What I like about stickers is that you can take your time with them, make as many as you want and put them up at your leisure. Not to mention collaborating with other artists on them. That’s one aspect that I really like.
What artists did you see on the streets that really inspired you to make stickers?
UWP,BOB,MOUSSE,FINGAZ,PHROG,A LITTLE BIRDIE,NOSE GO,EL TORO,BLIP,TICKY,WTF,DASH … They were everywhere!
Do you collect anything?
I seem to hoard ink as strange as it sounds. I also like to keep stickers and paintings from friends.
What are some tools of the trade that you can`t live without?
I’m big on mops well any kind of ink really, just like how it looks on canvas. Gives it a nice effect. Got to have a Presto (white out pen). Never know when you’ll need it.
Ever have any run in`s with the cops?
I am fortunate enough not to have had any problems with the law. Keep them fingers crossed!
What crews do you rep?
I rep 33,VII,BLKCLD,TKU,DNAK
Give me a quote!
“BAZINGA!”
SHOUTS TO: UWP,LAME,GOEST,WTF,DASH,CZR,RIVER FISH,WERMS TWO,TICKY TOCK,GOEST,BLOKE,SLOB,RWK,QUESTION JOSH,EL TORO,JESTER,TEAR,BOB WILL REIGN,SIMPLE,ARKS,PHOBIA,BOGUS(R.I.P),RC,ESAR,BLIP,NOSE GO,Beer,panama steve,crazy dreams, and everyone who helped me out along the way.

INTERVIEW BY: YELLOW

Speaking with Shroom

This past summer I noticed some illustrated postals down in the Village signed “Shroom.” I was quite impressed. When did you start creating stickers? I began last year. I was 17 and a senior in high school.

What inspired you to start drawing on stickers and getting them up?  I was always very interested in the graffiti culture and I wanted to be a part of it.

What is your first graffiti-related memory? The first pieces that I remember are those I saw while riding the subway. They stayed in my mind.

Where were you living at the time?  In the village, near Astor Place.

What are your preferred surfaces or spots for posting your stickers?   I don’t really have any preferred surfaces, but I post most of my stickers in the Village and in the general downtown area.

 How do you get your materials?  I order my stickers from the post office and I just buy the other materials like sharpies and black pens.

Do you work alone or with a crew?   I usually work alone but I have a friend who also does stickers. He uses the name “Stop the Nonsense”.

Have you ever been arrested?  No, not yet. I run pretty fast.

Have you ever exhibited your work? I haven’t yet, other than some projects at school. But I hope to soon.

How do you parents react to what you’re doing?  They’re very supportive. My dad owns a gallery so he’s interested in art and I’ll always show them a new piece after I’m done with it.

What percentage of your time do you devote to sticker art?  I’d say around 20%-30%.

What are your other interests?  I enjoy playing trombone and I’m also on the ultimate Frisbee team at my college.

How do you feel about people removing your stickers from public places and taking them home?   Well, we are vandalizing, so it’s understandable. Just about anything goes. And my stickers tend to vanish quite quickly. But I don’t like it when people paste their stickers or art over other people’s work.

What do you see yourself doing five years from now?  Honestly, I have no idea. I could be in Africa or I could be in graduate school. We’ll see.

Well, good luck! And I look forward to spotting more of your stickers on my next trip down to the Village.

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland; transcribed by Karo Devero

Sticker Nerds 2

Sticker Nerds 2
Portland, Oregon USA
9-30-11
www.stickernerds.com
The largest sticker event in the united states presented by Oregonized gallery
Hosted by SKAM

Video,photography,stickering, mixing, editing – by SKAM

Sticker Nerds 2 crew
SKAM
Mr. Say
Nasty Nate
Rx Skulls
The Lost Cause
Circle Face
Sevaw
The Rastorbator
Poop Mouth
Kanye PDX
Mitsy
Magical
No Bonzo
Beatless
New colony
Homebase records
Mindless design
sticky ricks

Music by
Unicorn dream attack – Beautiful Eyes
Anamanaguchi – Airbrushed

Speaking with Gee WNR

You are probably the youngest sticker artist I’ve ever interviewed — and one of the most passionate. When did you first start getting up?  I started tagging and bombing when I was 10.  But two years ago, I got into stickers.  I was 13.

What got you into bombing? My next door neighbor got the idea after playing Marc Ecko’s video game, “Getting Up.” It seemed like fun.

Where were you living at the time? I’ve always lived in South Philly.

Back to stickers. What inspired you to create them?  I started seeing stickers around town and I liked the way they looked.

Have you any first sticker memory?  The first sticker I remember seeing downtown is Bob’s robot.

Any favorite writers or sticker artists?  Lots… Among them are: Nose Go, Underwater Pirates, Nise, Boner, Agua…

What materials do you use for your stickers?  Anything I can find – Sharpies, decos, postals.

Have you any favorite spots?  Nope. Any spot is cool with me.

How do your family and friends feel about what you’re doing? My family prefers stickers to bombing.  My friends respect what I do.  But some of the kids in my neighborhood rip my stickers down.

Have you ever been caught? I was caught tagging on a subway platform.

What happened? The cops wrote my name down, and called my mom. 

How’d she take it? She flipped. 

And then?  I changed my name. But I soon got bored tagging. I decided that stickers look cooler.

How do you feel about folks removing your stickers? It gets me mad, but I try to ignore it.

Any other passions? Skateboarding and abstract art.  But it’s mainly graffiti. I feel like I have fallen in love with graffiti. It really isn’t about me impressing people any more. It’s me having fun with it, trying new variations all the time.

Have you ever exhibited your artwork? Not yet.

I’ve noticed that lots of the Philly artists collaborate. Have you collaborated with anyone? I’ve collaborated with SO many people underwater pirates, dash, rog/sloth, revilo, vampy destroy,  meem, odd ball, zerock, grim, gebe (gebat), wtf, shy, brown boy wonder, seek, yerp, froot,  scram, fat cat, feens, what, esp1, res, tot, markese the mop, fen, thomo, hekar, lisk bot, cyclone, zeso , brucie BC, t-gunz, zigy, radius, el toro, bob, toasty, tool, harth, komo, mad roo bean, steal, dip, scram and seek in wnr aha. And if I forgot anyone else – and I know I have – I’m very sorry.

Does the Internet play much of a role in your passion for stickers?  Yes, I’m always checking out Flickr to see what’s going on here and in other places like NYC. And I follow 215 GRAFF, a Philly blog,

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Not sure. But I know that it will be something related to art. 

Good luck!

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland

 

 

Speaking with Tyler

It was about a year ago when I first I noticed your colorful clouds and zany characters on the streets of the Village and SoHo. Now I see them all over town. When did you first get into creating stickers?  I was in my senior year in college at Texas State University. I took a course in screen printing and one of the assignments was to create an image that represents you. That’s when I came up with the idea of drawing a cloud. The response to my image was so favorable that I soon I found myself drawing clouds on stickers and getting them up.

Did you grow up in Texas? I did. But now that I’m living in NYC, I can’t imagine moving back there. I just love the energy here and the freedom I have here to express myself.

What’s your first graffiti memory? Seeing Daniel Johnston’s images on the walls of Austin, Texas.  Johnston is also a musician.

Any favorite street art or sticker artists?  I love A.S.V.P. for their passion and persistency. I also love Red Nose’s dogs and KRSNA’s bizarre characters. I’m a big fan of Shepard Fairey and Jilly Ballistic.  But I’d have to say that my greatest inspiration is the late Keith Haring. He’s the number one influence on my characters and colors.

How do you get your materials for your stickers?  I buy lots of my drawing materials at Pearl Paint and the United States Postal Service is a steady supplier of stickers.

Have you any favorite spots? I like getting up in the West Village and at the Candy Factory in SoHo.

How do your family and friends feel about what you’re doing? My mom doesn’t understand it.  She just worries about me getting caught. My friends love it.

Have you ever been caught? I was getting up some stickers on the 6 train platform on the East Side when two undercover cops approached me. “Do you do this all the time?” one asked. I told him that indeed I did. It is my passion – in fact. He then gave me a $25.00 ticket and said, “You’re lucky we’re not arresting you,” with the implication that if I weren’t a nice white guy from Texas, I would have been.

How do you feel about folks removing your stickers to take home with them? I used to hate it.  But now I love it. It’s part of the conversation.

What percentage of your time is devoted to sticker art? About 50%

Have you made any money from your art? Not yet.

So what do you do for money? I work as a personal assistant.

Any other passions? Musical theatre – for sure!

What role does the Internet play in your passion for stickers? It is the one place I always check out to find out what other sticker artists are doing.

Have you ever exhibited your artwork? No. But I recently sent stickers to San Francisco-based street artist Jeremy Novy for a traveling exhibit.

What do you see yourself doing in five years? Still putting up my stickers, licensing my art, and working as a graphic designer.

Good luck!

Interviewed by LoisInWonderland