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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. Sticker Art is a form of Outsider Art, which grew from DIY ("Do It Yourself") subcultures of punk rock, social justice movements, and skateboarding. These stickers may promote a political agenda, artists or art movements, film, musicians and other performing artists, or they may comment on a policy or issue.
The small size and quick-to-apply nature of stickers makes them the perfect medium for spreading a message in highly trafficked pedestrian areas. In most cities, the application of stickers to a surface is considered vandalism, and the stickers themselves are considered graffiti instruments. Sticker artists risk apprehension by officials enforcing anti-vandalism laws.
Akin to the Mail Art Movement, stickers are often traded using the postal system, leading to collaborative efforts between artists, and expanding distribution internationally. These trades are sometimes arranged personally or through social networking sites. 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 often feature hand-drawn art, and are quite hard to remove, leaving a white, sticky residue. Sticker artists also print their designs onto adhesive vinyl, which is more permanent, waterproof, and generally fade resistant. A variant type of adhesive vinyl, called "destructible," is used by some artists. Destructible vinyl decals were originally designed to be used as tamper indicators on equipment and shipping containers. The difficult–to–remove nature of this material is attractive to sticker artists, including Skullphone, B.N.E., and Obey Giant.
Prolific New York City based artist, Jason Mamarella, working under the pseudonym D.W. Krsna, uses stickers to spread a message of animal liberation and vegan living. Cristina Vanko refers to her "I am Coal" project as "smart vandalism." Vanko uses stickers to identify objects that are coal powered, spreading awareness of global climate change. Shepard Fairey, who first gained notoriety with his Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker campaign, has become one of the worlds most recognizable artists.
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