Kevin is off to Amsterdam!

Our dear Kevin Carvill ’10 is off to Amsterdam for the fall semester. Bugger! He was such a great trooper this summer, scanning over 1,300 stickers for The Gallery Has A Posse. We now have Tristan Wolfe ’08 on board, who seemed mildly interested yesterday when I showed him the project. He started to research TOWER from Berlin (tagger). I hope that Kevin will be able to pull together an exhibition next spring based on his sticker exploits abroad. Lots of details to figure out beforehand, tho. Maybe CM and I will need to do a site visit….

New additions to The Posse

CM and I loaded 253 digital sticker files into The Gallery Has A Posse, my CONTENTdm online collection of art stickers from around the world. I have lots to do ahead with metadata, much less research and writing. I can get a student or two to help with the metadata this fall. Here is a screen shot; take a look at the number 798 in red in the upper left hand corner! Our new total!!!!! All of the stickers with k01, k02, k03, etc. are the ones Kevin scanned, and those are the ones I’ll need help with. Yipes!

Kevin is on a tear

My dear students have been diligently scanning stickers for the past month to load into CONTENTdm, bless ’em. I plan to upload these into CONTENTdm next week. Kevin’s 1000 scans will triple the collection! He is heading off to Amsterdam this fall, and if he comes back empty-handed, I will have to break his kneecaps or something. 🙂 Amsterdam is, of course, one of the MAJOR sites for street art in all its forms. KEVIN, if you are reading this, just remember, no stickers = no job when you get back!!!! Plus, you know the deal: $1 for every sticker…

Sticker liberation today in NYC

Caveboy and I spent a few hours liberating stickers in Soho and the lower east side. According to him, “the stickers were like fish jumping out of water and into our nets.” Yepper. Warm muggy weather = easy sticker collecting. Here is a picture of our tool kit, which includes two different paint scrapers, wallpaper remover, and Q-tips (not sure why we needed those), plus the short three-step ladder, plus the notebook where I put the stickers until they are archived by my ace student assistants:

Sticker printer in Dresden

Just read about a place in Dresden called Cromatics that prints full color stickers on the cheap with a very short turnaround time. I bought three sample packs of 50 stickers each. Shipping was as much as the stickers, but I’ll get stickers from around the world, which is very cool! I am limited in my sticker liberation by lack of funds to travel!!! Ergh. I didn’t realize Dresden had such a big street art scene. Caveboy and I have talked about going there the next time we travel to Europe (if we can ever get the $$, that is).…

Sticker artists are so BAD!

This week, I’ve been following a few threads on a Flickr site called Graffiti Street Art – Sticker Traders. Lately, some of the contributors have been trying to out-bad one another with this gendered and faux gangsta stuff: We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives © says: Slowly bite the curb so I can hear the enamel start to scrape on the bumped pavement, then I’ll bring my foot over your head and stomp with all my weight, as I hear your teeth shatter you hold your mouth and look up at my scared for your life, Then I’m going to…

Sticker karma

I received an email out of the blue tonight from someone who heard I’m into street art and graffiti, and she is going to send me some of her stickers. Here is her Web site, and click on the little b/w image on the bottom to read her sticker story. Very sweet! Sticker artists really come in all shapes and sizes. Earlier today, I was looking around in Flickr and read how PEEL is going through some rough financial troubles these days. Some folks were very sympathetic, while others flamed them in a major, self-righteous sort of way (IMHO). You…

Kitty is already tired of the dog days of summer

It’s hot down here in NJ, unlike the breezy summers of northern New York, where Kitty flourishes. No stickers today after all. We went instead to see Sacred Art of the Yoruba at the Newark Museum. Beautiful beaded headdresses, plus a warrior’s cape covered with amulets, like the one Chris and Nora Roy donated to SLU. I tried to find a picture of one, but the only one I saw on Google said it was Asante (?). I’ll look around and try to post a picture later. Newark is also cleaning up the downtown area. No street art at all,…