Stickers: One Quick Slap And You Are Done!

We remember walking down the street somewhere in Los Angeles with Shepard Fairey and a gaggle of other artists after a panel discussion we led at LA MOCA back in the day…Shepard was enthusiastically sharing stories about one thing or another and as he walked, and talked he discreetly and nonchalantly would reach into his back pocket grab a sticker and slap it – sometimes leaping into the air.

Quick. Fast. Done. Noone was the wiser. And that’s how it works. Instantly.

Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

If the artist is a wordsmith he or she can deliver a zinger or a joke. A distilled sentiment can be just as effective as a sermon. A powerful graphic sticker can deliver a cogent idea to the masses.

Legendary photographer and collector, Martha Cooper wrote and published two books about stickers; “Name Tagging”, which shed light on the practice of graffiti writers writing their tag on the ubiquitous “Hello My Name Is” sticker usually displayed at conferences to identify oneself. The second book, “Going Postal” takes its name from the US post office sticker originally intended to address parcels. Graffiti and street art practitioners use them as a platform to deliver artworks and messages to the public on the streets.

Recently during a walk through the streets in Wynwood, Miami we found a set of wooden panels specifically created to be covered with stickers by the multitude of artists visiting the city. Below we share our finds with you. How many artists can you identify?

Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickers. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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