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Obama stickers from 2008


In 2008, Sticker Robot commissioned ten artists to create stickers for the Obama election; the artists included Shepard Fairey, Munk One, Zoltron, Sam Flores, Morning Breath, El Mac (whose sticker is pictured above), Ron English, Felix Jackson, Jr.,Dustin Parker, and David Choe.  I haven’t found too much information about the series yet, but there was an Obama art discussion group on Flickr that featured #9 and #10, and a Web site called Expresso Beans that occasionally shows packets of them for sale.  At the time, Sticker Robot wrote this about the packets:

In a final effort to show our support for Barack Obama and make sure that people have a chance to collect the entire set of Sticker Robot’s silkscreened Obama stickers, we put together a limited edition of 200 “Election Collection” sticker packs.  Limit of 1 sticker pack per person/household.  The packs were available once and will never be recreated.  Each sticker pack contains 15 large silkscreen stickers plus some bonus mini stickers.

I was lucky enough to purchase the ten stickers recently on eBay, along with the PROGRESS sticker that went with Shepard Fairey’s iconic HOPE sticker, and a bunch of others from 2008 that I’ve never seen before.  In all, there are 32 different designs, which you can see on Flickr here.  I wasn’t aware of the ten-packs and had only come across six of them in the past.  Here is another sticker by Munk One from Sticker Robot, though it’s not part of the original series of ten.


These Obama stickers will go into the new mega-sticker show I am working on!

DE VIGUEUR et DE VERVE! press release

Hatch Kingdom | Stickerkitty

International Sticker Exhibition


Fresh Paint – Peint Frais

Edition III

Hatch Kingdom, the only sticker museum in the world, has collaborated with Catherine Tedford, a.k.a. Stickerkitty, to present an exhibition of street art stickers and photographs from Berlin and New York City, with additional pieces from cities across Europe and North America.  As part of a larger exhibition entitled Edition III, which includes work by contemporary muralists, graffiti artists, photographers, and others, the international sticker exhibition will be on display at Fresh Paint Gallery, Montréal, Québec, from December 2, 2011, through January 29, 2011.

Founded by Oliver Baudach in 2008, Hatch Kingdom began as a small gallery space in Berlin’s alternative Friedrichsain district to serve as a platform for stickers, sticker artists, skateboard fans, and collectors.  An expanded Hatch HQ is now located in central Mitte, with two gallery spaces devoted to Oli’s ever-growing sticker collection, now numbering well over 25,000 stickers, and one gallery for rotating exhibitions by young urban street artists.

Catherine directs St. Lawrence University’s art gallery in Canton, NY, and has been actively collecting stickers since 2003, having now collected over 6,000 original stickers by hand, primarily from Berlin and NYC, with stickers also from Hamburg, Munich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cambridge (MA), Ottawa, Toronto, Amsterdam, Budapest, and other cities in western and central Europe.  Part of the collection is being digitized and can be found at SLU’s gallery Web site.  Catherine has presented papers at academic conferences for the College Art Association, the Visual Resources Association, and the International Arts in Society; in 2012, she will present a paper entitled “WTF.  It’s Only a Sticker” at the annual CAA conference in Los Angeles.  Check her Stickerkitty blog for more information.

The exhibition at Fresh Paint also includes six original drawings and collages from “Oversized and Underpriced,” a project initiated by Oliver Baudach in which artworks on oversized sticker printouts are sold at low prices with proceeds to benefit Skateistan, a skateboarding school in Kabul, Afghanistan, for young boys and girls.

In addition to art, music, and tagging stickers, political stickers in the exhibition from Germany and the U.S. focus on anti-authority, anti-capitalism, post-9/11 surveillance measures, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2008 US Presidential election, the environment, oil consumption, and the economy.  Examples of these were included in a recent gallery exhibition at St. Lawrence in 2010, which was based in part on a summer research grant from SLU’s Center for International and Intercultural Studies in which three students and an alumnus traveled to Berlin and Munich to study street art.

Merry Christmas 2009

A few weeks ago, I tracked down  A Frightening Prospect, the creators of this powerful street poster that I saw on Houston Street last fall during the weeks surrounding the US Presidential elections.  Unfortunately I was driving too fast in rush hour traffic to stop or even take a picture of it.  These posters were really difficult to find on the streets, undoubtedly b/c they were such a hot item.  The artists kindly donated one to me, however, and I offered to have SLU buy another one for the Permanent Collection.

More, more, more

Obama graphics everywhere.  Not sure if I love it or hate it.  No, I love it.  Here’s a poster from Smack Mellon’s inaugural ball.  Is SF asking for or making any money on these remixes?


Obama online


More Shepard Fairey

Ginormous Obama portrait to hang in DC.

NPR story on Obama street art

Caveboy found this story on NPR, including Shepard Fairey, Ron English, David Choe, etc.  Too much Photoshop on SF!

eBay Obama stickers

I’ve spent the last couple of days on eBay buying Obama stickers (the ones designed by Shepard Fairey)-the HOPE stickers, plus the “Yes We Did” stickers.  Apparently there is an Obama sticker that sez PROGRESS that is difficult to find/acquire.  There is a bit of Obama-mania regarding Obama ephemera.  I saw a Web site today with Obama on every magazine cover that one could imagine, which would be a very cool exhibition–all of the posters, stickers, magazine covers, etc.

Oh, and Eric Nakamura wrote a story on street art during the 2008 campaigns in Giant Robot.  Can’t wait to pick up a copy.

Yes We Did.

I’ve been picking up Obama stickers and ephemera lately.  Love the new YES WE DID sticker from Shepard Fairey, which oddly enough, I can’t find anywhere on Google images.  Weird.  They’re all over eBay.

Sarah Palin street art, NYC




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