Featured artists/activists: Slavers of New York

The Slavers of New York sticker campaign and guerrilla education initiative is the work of three independent activists, Ada Reso, Maria Robles, and Elsa Eli Waithe, who in 2020 began posting stickers that looked like street signs altered to name New York City’s early slaveowners. Using census and manumission records, newspaper listings, and in-depth historical research, they have identified over 200 government officials, businessmen, and wealthy farmers who owned or traded enslaved people from the 1600s through the early 1800s. For the group’s first sticker, Elsa notes, “Nostrand Ave. is seven miles long in Brooklyn. And … what’s really egregious…

Featured artist: Avram Finkelstein, Part I

Avram Finkelstein is an AIDS activist, artist, writer, and during the late 1980s, a co-founding member of the legendary Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives in New York City. In 1986, he and five others designed the iconic “Silence=Death” poster, which was soon shared with ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, in order to propel the image’s ubiquity through buttons, t-shirts, and stickers. He states, “[t]he AIDS activist community… actually created it, a community in search of its voice, one that went on to find it through the activation of its own social spaces. [The Silence=Death] image, as we…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Yarn Vandalette (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I am a crochet girl – crochet queen some people say! – with an heavy addiction to street art. I was fascinated by graffiti since the mid-eighties. I kind of grew up on old school Hip-hop and graffiti was huge part of it. But I was never brave enough to go out with the cans myself (what a shame, I still regret it ?), I rather kept on dancing and admiring the art. When I relearned crochet a couple of years ago ( I haven´t done it in about 30 years) I…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Das Frohlein Moodmacher (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. Hey, my name is Das Frohlein Moodmacher. Froh is the German word for cheerfully. So my intention is to spread cheerful moods with my work. I make handmade paper collages mainly with eggheads. I want to put a smile on peoples’ faces with my art. Making stickers is a wonderful opportunity to spread my moods in the streets. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? Being a woman influences my work insofar as i started making collages to regain some time…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Fymsa (Russia)

Please provide a brief description of your work. The main point of my sticker art, in general, is proving my existence. It’s like the goal of my art. But all my characters are women and it is a very important manifestation of my feelings about my own sex and gender and its place in the world. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? It influences from the inside, not like something specially planned. I’m proud to create cool female characters, it’s good to be close to your characters in…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Orble (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. Orbles are turquoise creatures based on a cat, I grew up with. Originally named Max, me and my brother created silly names for him all the time ( things like “Worble,” “Reble,” “Knorble”) until the Nickname Orble was born in the early 90s. I always drew him as a kid and 15 years later on a party, my brother asked me to draw the” fat cat “again. I promised that I still can do it..even drunk and with closed eyes. The wobbly creatures that came out of this experiment cracked us all…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: StickermaidBerlin (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I love to bring characters into the world which have a distinct personality and whose faces reflect their inner feelings. According to the shown feelings I carefully choose them and put them next to other artists stickers, paste-ups, stencils or graffiti in order to react to them. Often I also interact with advertising posters or the surroundings. It’s great fun and only the interaction makes my art complete and satisfying. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? I’ve brooded a long…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Art.Omato (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I create black and white drawings around words and signs and sometimes add a message. All my friendly Freaks, love and peace pictures developed that way. The art.omato heads came up by stenciling my own motives. I took them for joining the great #nohatemovement from the Cologne artists. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? Yes, l think it does. We still have to fight for equality, love and peace in any direction! Sticking on the streets is a protest and…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Metraeda (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I came in contact with street art through friends. My motivation are the community approach, the idea of being creative, working together and inspiring each other on the one hand as well as making the whole world a little more colorful on the other hand. Furthermore, street art is a good way to distribute messages, such as “say no to racism!”. The name Metraeda is a mixture of Tetraeder (a triangular pyramid) and geometry because I only use geometrical forms, mostly triangles, to build my artworks. Each artwork is placed carefully to…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Brainoon (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. • who doesn’t know the feeling of having munchies for donuts and pizza slices? I love drawing munchies-food and give them a kick of colorful candy toppings. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? •no it doesn’t influence my work to be a female artist. Also the colors i use ( often more pink ), can be used by male and female. Most Followers think im a male ONLY by seeing my art. Dont Is there anything else you’d like to…