Stickers Legitimized In Museums


Image courtesy of 12 oz. Prophet

Along with Hip Hop and all kinds of music and the many people involved with the movement through the years, stickers have become a huge part of that culture and culture in general. Graffiti artists, street artists and the like have been putting up personalized stickers for decades. From the humble beginnings of the political bumper sticker that exploded during the 1940’s to today’s over saturation of guerilla marketing on every corner, the sticker has a place in society. DJs, bands, artists, or people who just wanted to stand out in the crowd have put up a sticker in the most visible places. Before Shepard Fairy took over with OBEY Giant stickers, artists like Keith Haring and Andy Warhol were making and distributing their art via the sticker. Many legendary kings of the street were throwing up customized postal labels, Hello My Name is labels (Jest had one of the best: WHO the fuck is jest), and a myriad of other types of messages that have become a normal part of the urban landscape to those who live in a major city. Now, the sticker has finally become legitimized. Collected by many people (including this writer), the art of the sticker has gone from street, to photographs, to books, and now to the museum walls (unstuck that is).

Stuck Up Piece of Crap is a site that showcases stickers and sticker culture throughout the world. However, this past summer, the sticker finally got itself into the museum. The New Bedford Art Museum co-hosted a sticker exhibition this summer (as well as a show in Chicago), and it looks like there is going to be a nationwide tour coming to a city near you soon! Props to Stuck Up for making this happen.

Now Stuck Up is offering two different sets of stickers:

KISS Cut Sticker Print/ Poster

Edition of 350 kiss-cut vinyl sticker prints, 27 x 39 inches, with signed certificate of authenticity.
This extraordinary sticker/print features 26 individual kiss-cut peel-out stickers from the artists below:

Aiko, Anthony Lister, cassette playa, Chris Johanson, Dan Witz, Designers Republic, DB x Tristen Eaton, eBoy, Faile, FUTURA 2000, INVADER, James Victore, JosÈ Parl·, Kenny Scharf, KRINK, Mark Dean Veca, Maya Hayuk, Parra, Rostarr, Ryan McGinness, Skullphone, SSUR, Stanley Donwood, Steve Powers, Todd James, ZEVS.

Die-Cut Sticker Folio

Edition of 250 sticker folio set, 12 x 9 inches, with signed certificate of authenticity.
An unprecedented collection of 24 die-cut oversized stickers from the artists below:

Aiko, Anthony Lister, cassette playa, Chris Johanson, Dan Witz, Designers Republic, eBoy, Faile, FUTURA 2000, INVADER, James Victore, Kenny Scharf, KRINK, Mark Dean Veca, Maya Hayuk, Parra, Rostarr, Ryan McGinness, Skullphone, SSUR, Stanley Donwood, Steve Powers, Todd James, ZEVS.

For all you sticker heads and graphic design buffs, this is a great chance to get some stickers from the world’s leading artists. Do not sleep! You will be seeing these stickers on a light pole or overpass near you very soon (but not so many….they are limited edition!)

Here’s the book by DB Burkeman.

Check out more items from the Stuck Up store.

Keep Stickin’!

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