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Sticker art (also known as sticker bombing, sticker slapping, slap tagging, and sticker tagging) is a form of street art in which an image or message is publicly displayed using stickers. These stickers may promote a political agenda, comment on a policy or issue, or comprise a subcategory of Graffiti.
Stickers can be placed anywhere accessible, with a much lower risk of apprehension by officials enforcing anti–vandalism laws.
Sticker artists use a variety of label types, including inexpensively purchased and free stickers, such as the United States Postal Service's Label 228 or name tags. Label 228's are often used with hand-drawn art, and are quite hard to remove, leaving a white, sticky residue.
Sticker artists also print their designs onto adhesive vinyl, which has a strong, permanent adhesive, is waterproof, and generally fade resistant. A variant type of adhesive vinyl, called "destructible", is used by some artists. Destructible vinyl decals are primarily used as tamper indicators on equipment and shipping containers. The difficult–to–remove nature of this material is attractive to sticker artists, including B.N.E. and Obey Giant.
The artist Cindy Hinant created a series of projects from 2006-2009 that combined the tradition of sticker collecting and sticker bombing in works that reflected on feminine representations in popular culture.
Sticker artists often trade their work with each other in order to expand distribution. An artist's stickers may be distributed worldwide and end up adhered in places they themselves have never been to. These trades are sometimes arranged personally or through social networking sites, an example being "Stick My World" a bombing series organized by Omino71.
The artist Above is known for applying stickers in high density patterns.
Sticker art in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Street Art in Dixon, CA taken in 2012
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