Why Stickers?

All street art is temporary. Using stickers speeds up the whole process.A sticker can be put up in far less time, in mass, and in a much wider range of places, often while not being seen or suspected of anything. Stickers are also a lot more accessible to the average youth than spray paint.

Part of the attraction for me is the wide range of people who utilize street art as a tool and not just a form of expression. Because stickers are open to anyone, it’s often used by everyone.

How long has graffiti been around?

Graffiti has been around as long as we’ve had self-expression. Different types of graffiti left behind, like in Egypt, in tombs that have been robbed, tell us a lot about the robbers, and the culture they lived in. Sometimes these scribbles are just as valuable, if not more, than the tombs themselves. There are also numerous famous stones along the Oregon Trail where thousands of travelers wrote their name, the names of those fallen, and other information that would otherwise be lost to time.

Who approves?

I’ve gotten support from many different groups anywhere I go, and it’s the overly-positive response that keeps me so motivated.

  • Postal Workers
  • Police
  • Store Owners
  • Graffiti Artists
  • Friends
  • Relatives

Who disapproves?

I’m often confused with the people who put up the stickers and am stopped by the police or store owners until I explain what I’m doing and why.

Twice now I’ve been stopped by the SFPD who seemed disappointed they hadn’t caught a criminal in the act, and looked for another excuse to arrest me (and my friends):

“Taking that down is someone else’s job!”

“Didn’t I just see you trying to buy drugs from those guys who just walked past you?”

What do you do with the stickers?

Currently, my focus is mainly on collecting them, putting them in card stock behind plastic sheets to preserve them, and keeping a record of how the graffiti grows and changes via pop culture and other influences.

Have you ever made/Put up stickers?

Of course! It can be a very obsessive hobby, and it’s easy to get sucked in.

Who is involved?

  • Traditional Artists: Use paint, markers, pencils, and watercolors to express all kinds of imagery.
  • Taggers: Often use stencils or just markers to leave their name or symbol.
  • Political activists: Often professionally print stickers to display a point of view that’s often contradictory to the ‘norm’.
  • Businesses: Use this tool to advertise in mass for free/cheap all over the city.

How can I be involved?

If you’re already a sticker maker: Send me a sampling of your work to be featured on my site!

If you want to send me stickers YOU have collected, they will be added to my collection, my site, and I will add you to my list of volunteers. For a small fee, I can send you a “sticker collecting kit” complete with official razor blade and binder.

I currently have a small team in SF who keep me busy with newly found stickers even while I’m at work.

What is the point?

I’ve always been entranced by different artists and styles, and so when I moved to San Francisco, I was overwhelmed by outpouring of art dripping from all the walls, streets, buildings, and even street signs. However, when I talked to others about it, they seemed jaded and uninterested.

People in the Bay Area, or in general, have gotten used to seeing so much graffiti and tagging everywhere that many don’t even look at it or notice it anymore. It’s become a nuisance rather than a form of expression.

I found that by collecting a sampling of them and putting them on my wall, all in one place, pulled others back in and stole some of their time and thoughts as they once had.

By showcasing the different types of artists and keeping their work safe where others can enjoy it for years to come helps inspire and motivate others to do the same, and as I’ve always said: The more art, the better!