“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Balo (Slovenia)

Please provide a brief description of your work. Funky with a kick! Does being a female artist or identifying as a female artist influence your work and if so how? In the beginning it took much more work to get credit, but when the respect is gained it never goes away. What’s the best thing about being a female artist in the sticker world? That you can stay incognito forever and you can use any colour you please. Is there anything else you’d like to share? Keep on slappin! Special thanks to Oliver Baudach, Hatch Kingdom, Berlin, Germany, for his…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Susi Possnitz (Austria)

Please provide a brief description of your work. The subject of the sticker is a smiling used sanitary tampon, digitally drawn with quick and rough brushstrokes and colored in a simple and flat manner. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? Yes, it does. Some of my works focus on gender related topics, like an editorial design for an brochure with tips and action steps against gender-mainstreaming or an explanatory card game about menstruation. All of those projects include my personal experience and are based on my perception of…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Allison Tanenhaus (USA)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I create colorful stickers based on my beloved cats, my glitch art, and my street-art tag, WHAT. The goal is to create connection and community in public spaces, where signage is typically geared towards commercial enterprises (advertisements, store signs, logos on clothing and cars). Putting out aesthetically appealing, self-expressive works amidst the hubbub lets genuine artists stake a claim out in the world, and fosters inquiry and attention to details that are all around us. I love to put my work amongst other sticker art, creating a collective destination that honors the…

Featured artist: Sherebel (Albania)

Ada Reso, one of the artists that I met recently from the Slavers of NY sticker project, was in Albania earlier this year and sent me some political stickers from an artist there who goes by the name “Sherebel.” I reached out to see if Sherebel and I could meet on Zoom so she could tell me more about her work. First, here is the bio she sent me. Artist biography Livia Tice, aka „Sherebel“ (art & street name), is a 22 year old genderfluid & queer identifying person from Tirana, Albania. She is a writer, a slam poet, a…

Featured artist: Zola (MTL)

In 2019, I happened to meet Kevin Yuen Kit Lo, a graphic designer, educator, and community organizer, who was working at the annual Montreal Anarchist Book Fair. He had a bunch of stickers for sale by him and by another artist, Zola, also from Montreal. He gave me Zola’s contact info for an interview via email, which is featured in this post. Zola is a new member of Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and her bio from the Justseeds website is listed below: “Zola is an anarchist, queer, settler of french-canadian descent based in so-called Montréal, occupied Kanien’kehá:ka and Anishinabe territories. She…

Featured artist/collector: Morgan Jesse Lappin

I’m pretty sure that Marisa Zarczynski ’ 06 was the first student at St. Lawrence University to help me with my budding sticker research project back in the early 2000s. We reconnected again lately, and she introduced me to an artist friend of hers from Brooklyn who collects stickers, Morgan Jesse Lappin. Here is his sticker story. “My sticker collection started in the early 80s in Rockland County, NY. My mother would take me to the supermarket, and I’d get a bunch of random stickers and the newest MAD Magazine. One day my mother gave me an empty photo album…

Stickers by Starchild Stela

In May at the 2015 Montréal Anarchist Book Fair, I picked up some beautifully made stickers that carry a punch called Feminist Sailor Moon Set by Starchild Stela. I tracked down the artist recently to ask if she’d send me an artist’s statement to add to my blog. Check it out! Artist’s Statement I’m a queer graffiti artist who does work relating to my personal experiences. My work is aesthetically bound in the super femme realm, I like soft colors, bows and delicate details. I don’t see what I do as extremely political, but I do situate my experiences in…

Featured artist: esm-artificial stickers

A large envelope arrived recently at work filled with bright, multi-colored stickers by the Vancouver-based street artist and graphic designer Kenn Sakurai, also known as esm-artificial. His are hand-silkscreened, hand-separated, machine- and hand-cut stickers of words and phrases, such as “I love that you love,” “new wave,” “I LOVE YOU MORE ESM,” “CARE BULLY,” “LITTLE HATERS,” “SALAD BAR,” “FREE EGGS,” “FLIRT MONSTER,” and “NEW ROMANTIC.” Sizes of the ones he sent to me range from about an inch to seven inches. Some stickers reference music, pop culture, films, and film stars like Planet of the Apes, Hello Kitty, and Audrey…