Berlin-based sticker collections

I went to Berlin this past August to scan street art stickers from Infoladen Daneben and the Archiv der Jugendkulturen, contacts I made from my earlier trip to the city in May-June through a faculty research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.  I must have spent ten hours during the course of three days scanning stickers…. The first set of ~30 rare, original stickers from Infoladen Daneben dated back to the early 1990s and were all printed in black and red on yellow paper, though they didn’t have any sort of glue or adhesive on the back. They’re actually…

“Weaving the Streets & People’s Archive”

Stickerkitty is collaborating with The Weave: Mediocracy Unspun on a new project entitled Weaving the Streets & People’s Archive (WSPA).  John Collins, professor of global studies at St. Lawrence University and co-founder of the Weave, and I put together a proposal to create “a new blog and digital archive that will document the creative ways in which ordinary people make use of public space to express themselves” (excerpted from our proposal abstract).  We learned on Monday that our proposal was accepted and will be funded for the first two years by a grant from the Mellon Foundation’s Crossing Boundaries: Re-Envisioning…

A Sticker A Day: Western History and Pop Culture through Street Art Stickers

I’ve got a new angle for my sticker book – to select 365 stickers and tell a story each day with a sticker.  I worked on January today, and here below is what I have so far.  Dates in bold mean I know of a sticker in my collection that could match the event.  In some cases, there is more than one event, so I’ll have to choose later.  Dates in italics mean I’ve already found the sticker image file to match the event.  Ultimately, I’ll write a few paragraphs for each day/sticker of the year. A Sticker a Day:…

“Re-Writing the Streets” Artist Statement: Julia die Pun Katze / JdPK (Austria)

For the exhibition Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers from Julia die Pun Katze. Influenced by the early Techno- and Rave scenes in Germany and Belgium, Julia recognized her mission of visualising the strong and heavy energy of this music to share and spread it with the world.  Single motives and messages should therefore not be categorised as facts, but seen as a mental bridge to a higher consciousness.

“Re-Writing the Streets” Artist Statement: REK607 (Spain)

Another great artist statement from REK607 for the Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers exhibition co-curated with Hatch Kingdom. Why did you choose your sticker name? My name is REK607 from Benidorm, Spain.  I’ve chosen this name in honor of one of one of the greatest graffiti pioneers: Kase2.  Kase2 was also known as the Real Electro-magnetic King (R.E.K.), and 607 was chosen because I found many REKs and REKones.  The number is cabalistic, with a mutating meaning in a personal and constant evolution.  I’ve been known in the early years as Reptil-Uno.  This AKA was abandoned in 2003-4…

“Re-Writing the Streets” Artist Statement: Psychological Industries (U.S.)

A great artist statement from Psychological Industries arrived this week for the Re-Writing the Streets exhibition. Why did you choose Psychological Industries as your sticker name? Had a vintage Psychology text book on the shelf.  I am a fan of vintage school text books and medical books, big time book fiend.  Have plans to open a Library, already in the works. Anyway the font on this book made the word look cool to me.  I’m one of those that reads the dictionary and decided long words were cool and technical.  Its an attempt to make the body of work under…

“Re-Writing the Streets” Artist Statement: Dave the Chimp (U.K.)

Artist statements for Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers are starting to come in.  Here is one from Dave the Chimp. My name is Dave the Chimp.  I became a Chimp, among other reasons, because I was sick of humans.  I’ve learnt to deal with them a little better these days! I’m a skateboarder, and stickers are part of my culture.  “Send a buck for stickers and catalogue” is a phrase that was burnt into my teenage mind while reading skate magazines, and you can bet that when I finally got to visit America I stuffed a lot…

Stickers in Poznan, Poland

I made a quick overnight trip to Poznan, Poland, this past week at the invitation of Lukasz Niparko, a recent SLU alum.  He and I (and others) will be contributing to Weaving the Streets, a new blog on SLU’s The Weave: Mediocracy Unspun.  Part of Weaving the Streets will include photo-documentation of street art from around the world—a people’s archive, as we are calling it.  Poznan doesn’t have very many stickers, we learned, but has a bunch of wheatpastes and stencils.  Here is a wheatpaste that shows how to make stencils.