April 23, 2024


It Could Be Art

Speaking with DC-Based Artist, Author and Curator iwillnot

Wildly passionate and distinctly educated about about sticker artwork, DC-dependent iwillnot has released two celebrated books and has curated 5 terribly outstanding expos on the theme. On my the latest visit to DC, I had the chance to pose a couple of thoughts to him and catch up a little bit:

Considering that you to start with launched me to the DC street artwork sticker scene about 14 decades ago, your contributions to the society have been great — expos, publications, giveaways and much more. What is it about stickers that charm to you?

I like that they are a brief and quick way to get a concept — or basically your title — out there.

Can you inform us a little something about your name — “iwillnot?”  When did you obtain it? And why did you opt for it?

I began applying iwillnot in 2009. It was a statement of defiance and opposition. I did not like what was happening all-around me. I could not assist the way DC was taking, particularly in terms of its gentrification. And I was not content with the way my neighborhood was evolving in the identify of renovation and development.

You had been pasting, accumulating and investing stickers for several decades right before you conceived of curating your initially Avenue Sticker EXPO at The Fridge DC. What enthusiastic you to launch this kind of a massive project?

It was a organic progression. I, myself, previously had amassed a huge assortment, and I knew several lively sticker artists out there. It was a way to share the artwork kind that I love with so numerous other individuals and to introduce these artists to a broader viewers. Also, the streets in DC had become fewer hospitable to stickers.

How did you in the beginning get the phrase out?  More than a thousand artists have participated in your Sticker Expos.

At 1st it was mostly phrase-of-mouth. We were being a rather tight team, Skam, RWK, V0xx Romana…and a lot more. And social media, generally Instagram and my site, are essential to obtaining the phrase out.

Your most the latest Street Sticker EXPO took position during the pandemic. Did that existing any distinctive challenges?

Certainly. It was stress filled. Between the worries was getting and opening deals of stickers even though we were all worried with starting to be infected with COVID-19…Just storing the containers right up until we opened them was problematic!

Your second reserve, Unsmashed, functions over 1200 coloured pictures of stand-by yourself stickers from artists throughout the globe. How did you decide on which stickers to incorporate? 

I took a single sticker from each and every pack that I experienced received for the 2020 Expo. Every of these stickers was then photographed by fellow sticker artist Cheer Up, who also did the layout and style and design for the guide.  It advanced into the excellent industry information that can conveniently join any person to the sticker artwork neighborhood.

Of course! It is perfect! What’s ahead?

SMASHED 2. is underway. It will cover the past two EXPOs, the showings at the 2020 Outsider Art Reasonable and Tribeca Art Night in NYC, the execution of the collage portrait and the phenomenon of sticker reveals close to the world.

What about EXPOs? Any in advance?

In 2023, we will celebrate our 10-12 months anniversary.

Congratulations! I’m seeking forward to that!

Note: Be confident to verify out iwillnot’s internet site to obtain his publications and assorted items. And if you’d like to acquire a free of charge sticker pack, fill out the sort on this web site!

All pics courtesy iwillnot photo 2 options El Toro and Chris RWK collaboration picture 4 – a collaboration with Mr. Zimbro