Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Street art comes in many flavors. Graffiti using spray paint happens to be my favorite type of street art, but I do have a fondness for stickers. Many graffiti artists partake in a combination of different mediums including wheatpasting, stickers and spray paint. The idea is to get up and get noticed as much as you can.

The right sticker can get you noticed while minimizing the consequences. This may be the reason why sticker bombing is so popular. In most places you can put up stickers even during the day. However, some take sticker bombing to a new level like putting them up in really difficult to reach places. I still cannot forget seeing a row of stickers on a freeway sign in the middle of the Pasadena freeway done by Atlas CBS about 8 years ago.

Peel is a magazine dedicated to sticker art and the artists behind them. The magazine has teamed up with MBP Mark Batty Publisher) to release a book taking highlights of each of the last 8 issues. We get the cream of the crop from each issue. My favorite part was the interviews. Many times you see street art and don't know who is behind it. It is nice to learn about their motivation and their thoughts. The various interviews achieve that. Also, for the true sticker fans, the book has 69 real stickers in the back from all the artists featured in the book.

Obey - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Obey - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Evoker - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Evoker - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Buff Monster - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Buff Monster - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Manda - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Manda - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Shepard Fairey - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Shepard Fairey - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Dolla - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker
Dolla - Peel: The Art Of The Sticker

Disclaimer: GraffHead.com was not compensated for this review. However, Mark Batty Publisher was nice enough to provide us with a copy of the book. Mark Batty is an independent publisher with many great titles focusing on street art including Graffiti Japan and Going Postal.

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