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ZINE! Preview #2

Another page for the Re-Writing the Streets zine beautifully designed by Amy Hauber.


ZINE! Sneak preview

My friend Amy Hauber at SLU is helping with the graphic design for the Re-Writing the Streets exhibition zine.  Here is what she did with the photograph from my previous post for the page spread on U.S. historical political stickers.  We hope to send this puppy to the printer in the upcoming week!

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New sticker zine

I’m making a sticker zine for the Re-Writing the Streets traveling exhibition. I used to make a lot of zines with students when I taught bookbinding and a course on artists’ books. Back then we used old-fashioned copier machines, scissors, and glue sticks. Now I’m using Photoshop software and trying to learn a little InDesign, and it’s a lot more complicated. It will look good when it’s done, though. A friend of mine at school is helping with graphic design, too, thankfully. Of the over 800 stickers in the show, I’ve selected about 250 for a 28-page zine. I’ll probably have to narrow it down further, however, in order to make sure there’s enough room for text and photographs. Here is one of the pages I finished today listing some of the artists in the show. Back to scissors and glue sticks!

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FC St. Pauli stickers #2

I did a little more research and polished my previous blog post on St. Pauli stickers for two reasons: 1.) I needed a shorter, condensed version without links to use in the Street Art Graphics digital archive, and 2.) I will use this version in the traveling exhibition, Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers.  I can also use this exercise to show students the differences and similarities among a blog post, metadata for a digital archive, and an exhibition text panel.


Hamburg, the German port city home to the St. Pauli football club (Fußball St. Pauli or FC St. Pauli), hosts a sports team well known for its outspoken anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic politics and its staunchly progressive social activism.  Founded in 1910, the club is located in the working-class district along the docks near the Reeperbahn red-light district, and for the past thirty years has maintained a certain cult following across Europe, initially attracting radicals, squatters, dockers, and prostitutes in the 1980s, and later, anarchists, punks, bikers, anti-fascists, and other politicized groups.  Known as the “pirates of the league,” the club has adopted a number of shipyard-related visual icons, including the Jolly Roger flag’s skull and crossbones, which is the unofficial crest and seen everywhere, as well as anchors, galleons, and sword brandishing buccaneers.  St. Pauli was the first team in Germany to ban right-wing activities and displays at its stadium, in response to hooligan fascists and neo-Nazis in the 1980s and ‘90s that were infiltrating matches across the country, fighting rival teams and police, and causing a great deal of violence and damage.  The sticker “St. Pauli-fans gegen Rechts!” or “St. Pauli fans against the Right!” has been widely produced and distributed and is said to have sold over two million copies.  Variants of “St. Pauli is brown [and] white,” the team’s home and away colors, are also common.  Many St. Pauli stickers portray the revolutionary guerrilla leader, Ernesto “Che” Guevara.  Others incorporate ad-busting techniques and similar forms of culture jamming, as seen in the appropriation of popular television and cartoon characters such as Homer Simpson, Hello Kitty, and Beavis and Butthead.



One of St. Pauli’s closest rival teams, the wealthier Hamburger Sport-Verein (HSV or H$V), utilizes a blue, white, and black diamond crest that is often mocked in St. Pauli stickers.



“Re-Writing the Streets” Artist Statement: Julia die Pun Katze / JdPK (Austria)

For the exhibition Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers from Julia die Pun Katze.


Influenced by the early Techno- and Rave scenes in Germany and Belgium, Julia recognized her mission of visualising the strong and heavy energy of this music to share and spread it with the world.  Single motives and messages should therefore not be categorised as facts, but seen as a mental bridge to a higher consciousness.


“Re-Writing the Streets” Artist Statement: REK607 (Spain)

Another great artist statement from REK607 for the Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers exhibition co-curated with Hatch Kingdom.


Why did you choose your sticker name?

My name is REK607 from Benidorm, Spain.  I’ve chosen this name in honor of one of one of the greatest graffiti pioneers: Kase2.  Kase2 was also known as the Real Electro-magnetic King (R.E.K.), and 607 was chosen because I found many REKs and REKones.  The number is cabalistic, with a mutating meaning in a personal and constant evolution.  I’ve been known in the early years as Reptil-Uno.  This AKA was abandoned in 2003-4 due to problems with the police, but mainly because I was bored and ran out the main ideas of this Mortal Kombat’s alter ego.

How do you choose the images you use in your work?

I usually try to work with concepts and ideas that I share with my friends and mates.  I usually feel the need to express myself with drawings (much more than I do orally).  I’m not that good at drawing or painting because I don’t have all the time I would need to do this, so sometimes I get other people’s ideas or use popular characters.  I mix them with my own reinterpretation, I like to take a concept to my own personal level, showing most of the times a different vision of the character or style.

Could you describe the history and evolution of your work and/or the process?

I started painting graffiti in 1999.  I was 13 and fell in love with a girl that didn’t care that much about me.  I always liked cartoons, drawings, paintings….  I personally think it was an attention call.  After some weeks of work I accomplished my task: she loved what she saw and we started a relation that lasted almost five months.  After that I couldn’t stop, until 2003.  In that year I started University, so I didn’t have time for anything else that was not physiotherapy.  In 2009 I rejoined the game, but I found new interests in street art, not only in graffiti, which is actually a bit secondary.  I love working with the computer, pasting up posters, stickers, stencils, works on t-shirts, badges, underwear….  And I found much more respect in the public than doing my own graffiti styles in the streets of Benidorm city.

Why make stickers?

Stickers are an excellent support.  They last for a long time if you know where and how to stick em up.  They allow you to work with much modern techniques and materials (glossy paper, pvc paper, vinyl, color, b&w, metallic colors, metallic non-metallic colors…).  To me, the most important facts about stickers are: how fast you can use one, the appeal they have for traders, and how easy it can be to have your works in lots of countries and continents without leaving yours.

Who or what has influenced your work?

I focused my attention on stickers when I had no money for spray cans.  Graffiti is not a cheap hobby, but stickers are (or at least, can be).  I surfed on the net watching works from people in Europe and America with a decade or so of experience.  I found that this movement did not exist in my city, and that it was growing in bigger cities such as Madrid or Barcelona.  In 1999 and 2000, I was the first writer who bombed the city with my tags and bubbles, so I decided to repeat the story once again being the first sticker artist in the city.  There were some music or breakdancing groups with stickers or t-shirts, but none by a conceptual and individual artist.  Regarding my own style, I felt amused with good old graffiti artists such as Seen, Kase2, and Iz the Wiz.  I also like works from local artists like Chock, Henk, and F2K.  1980s and ‘90s cartoons are also vital to understanding what I do: Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Max or, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  I am actually learning about Dalí, surrealism and paranoiac-critical method, so I expect the upcoming works to be much more weird and reflexive.


Is there anything else you’d like to add or any message to share with others?

Well, I joined 3 years ago a sticker/street art group named International Sticker Crew.  We are writers, painters, and sticker addicts from all around the world.  Hi guys!

“Re-Writing the Streets” Artist Statement: Psychological Industries (U.S.)

A great artist statement from Psychological Industries arrived this week for the Re-Writing the Streets exhibition.


Why did you choose Psychological Industries as your sticker name?

Had a vintage Psychology text book on the shelf.  I am a fan of vintage school text books and medical books, big time book fiend.  Have plans to open a Library, already in the works.

Anyway the font on this book made the word look cool to me.  I’m one of those that reads the dictionary and decided long words were cool and technical.  Its an attempt to make the body of work under the name Psychological Industries appear to be put together by some kind of think-tank donating designs to various social causes.

Which we actually do.  We run a fundraising campaign, One Million Buttons for Freedom, and 25%-50% of sales go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


How do you choose images for your work?

Its all about conveying a message or multitude of messages. Im a Designer not an artist so an image is only as good as it is useful to convey a message. Sometimes no image is needed, sometime no text, but its often both.

“Campaigns” from Psychological Industries cover a spectrum of issues from environmental to mental to digital issues.  Women’s Rights is a constant theme, though, and RESPECT is a good example of that.  Its a newer campaign and maybe our best one yet.  A female “Che” postergirl that reveals to the viewer the juxtaposition of irrelevant struggles of the past, with the struggles going on to this day concerning women’s rights.

So yeah, image selection is important.


Can you describe the history and evolution of your work and/or the process you use?

Being lucky enough to land a job at an old school photography development lab, they had a powerful LAN in the building with the advanced programs like Photoshop 7.  So I got to learn on the best and get into the game early.  Ive been designing and getting stickers printed since 2001 under no name at first but the designs were very similar.

Why make stickers?

Ive seen local artists in my hometown of Austin, Texas, putting up street campaigns for as long as I can remember.  The KAUFMAN LIVES stickers really stand out in my mind as an inspiration [in Austin around 2000-2003].  Ive seen vinyls up in spots that lasted 15 years or more in a campus area.  It seemed like a great way to reach the public and start getting direct feedback.  The designs most well received graduate to second printings and eventually shirts will be made.

All together I must have printed 20,000 stickers so far, maybe more.  Its hard to keep track since I also run Discordia Culture Shop.  Designing and producing stickers for indie bands, non-profits, bellydance troupes, other artists, etc.  One of our client bands, One-Eyed Doll, has won at SXSW more than once.

Who or what has influenced your work?

YUPPIE.[1]  I found this anti-gentrification campaign on the web and the dude got in trouble with his city and disappeared for several years.  All I could recall is that the YUPPIE design was meant to be reproduced by the creator so around 2005 I started printing my own vinyls of the YUPPIE design, after some slight fixes to add color to a simple black and white design.

I have been holding it down for YUPPIE all these years.  Printed postcards and 4 different vinyl printings so far.  Its been one of the most well received designs in the assortment, which is saying something out of the 100+ Psy-Ind designs in print so far.

Is there anything else you’d like to add or any message to share with others?

“The wise do not waver before blame or praise.”  – Dhammapada


P.S. Stickerkitty didn’t really understand what “irrelevant struggles” above meant, so Psy-Ind elaborated:

The Irrelevant struggles of the past were between despairing forms of Governance mainly Capitalism VS Communism that took place between Nation/States.  With our current Post-Cold War Global Economy this sort of struggle is no longer our concern as a species.  Our current struggles involve racism, sexism, and classism.  All of which are symptomatic of a global society looking for someone to blame instead of coming to grips with the dog eat dog reality foisted on us by this new Global Plutocracy that has every nation state on a race to the bottom.

The RESPECT image doesnt go that deep, it just points to the struggles of the past that Che fought, and reasserts the revolutionary flavor of that image for our current age and specifically the Gender Issues that still persist to this day.

[1] The Yuppie campaigns only remaining presence online is inside the WayBack Machine under



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