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edec1 Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

Opening next month on Wednesday, November 18th is round two of the Con Artist Collective‘s hugely successful ’slap’ sticker show. While visiting its space at 119 Ludlow Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side earlier this week, I had the chance to speak to Con Artist Collective’s Brian Shevlin.

What prompted you to launch a second round of Slap?

We had gotten such an enthusiastic response to our first sticker art show two years ago. And folks kept on asking us, “When are you doing another Slap show?”

You, yourself, are quite a sticker aficionado. What is the appeal of sticker art to you?

With just a sharpie and a shipping label, anyone can become a street artist. And a handmade sticker is such an intimate object of art! I also love the way the sticker art culture brings together such a wide range of creative people from graffiti writers to fine artists, all of different backgrounds.

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What would you say is the mission of Slap 2?

We are looking to involve a lot of the artists who didn’t participate in our first Slap show. And this exhibit is our way of celebrating and showing respect to the sticker culture.

How might this next sticker exhibit differ from your first one?

It will differ in scope and scale. We’ve put together an incredible team, with help from Robert Aloia of Outlaw Arts, Hugh Burckhardt and Paul Arbs from Urban Hooker. We are hoping to bring over 500 artists on board. And we will have sticker packs available for purchase.

Kenji Hirata sticker art Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

How can folks submit stickers to Slap 2?

They are to fill out this form, and then drop off or mail their handmade stickers to: Con Artist Collective, 119 Ludlow Street, New York, New York. They can find additional information on our website.

What is the deadline for submissions?

They have until November 13th.

whut sticker art Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

 What’s ahead?

We will travel the world! Our first Slap exhibit has already traveled to Sri Lanka and is heading to Singapore and Bangkok. It will continue to travel with new submissions added. And we will, once again, publish a zine.

Slap2 ConArtist Con Artist Collective Readies for <em>Slap 2</em>: A Celebration of Sticker Culture

What a great opportunity for artists! This sounds wonderful!

Note: The exhibit will open on November 17th with an opening party and end on November 28th with a closing party.

Images of works submitted for Slap 2: 1. Edec1 2. Klops 3. Kenji Hirata 4. Whut

Interview by Lois Stavsky

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frank lexi Bella Kosbe the best of the worst Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

The following guest post is by Houda Lazrak, a graduate student in Museum Studies at New York University.  

This past weekend, Hanksy’s much-anticipated show, The Best of the Worst, drew hundreds of street art fans to the former Chase Bank at 104 Delancey Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Along with some of NYC’s most notable graffiti writers and street artists, Hanksy transformed the space into a NYC playground-like arena — with a skate ramp, a Chinese massage parlor and more wonderfully-engaging site-specific installations. Dozens of intriguing, overlapping pieces, paste-ups and stickers paid homage to street art, while, also, poking fun at the scene.

Miss Zukie

Miss Zukie  Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

CB23 

CB23 Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

Magda Love and Hanksy and more

Magda Love Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

Meres and more

Meres the best of the worst Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

Russell King, Col and UR New York

Russell King more Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

Hanksy

Hanksy the best of the worst Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

Included, too, was a rather formally installed art exhibit in the wittily-titled Gag-Osian Gallery featuring some of NYC’s most popular street artists.

Mr. Toll at the Gag-Osian

Mr toll Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

El Sol 25 at the Gag-Osian

El Sol25 Street Art Prankster Hanksy Brings <em>The Best of the Worst</em> to NYC: Frank Ape, Lexi Bella, Cosbe, Miss Zukie, CB23, Magda Love, Meres, Russell King, Col, UR New York, Mr. Toll, El Sol 25 and much more

All photos by Houda Lazrak; pictured in the first photo are Frank Ape, Lexi Bella and Cosbe

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Motohiro Nezy sticker sticker bomb skulls  Stickerbomb Features over 180 Skull Stickers from across the Globe

Researched and edited by Ryo Sanada and Suridh Hassan of Studio Rarekwai, Stickerbomb Skulls is an extraordinary collection of skull stickers certain to appeal to those of us who love street art. Ranging from the humorous to the morose, the stickers included in the newest addition to the Stickerbomb peelable sticker book series encompass an array of styles and cultures.  And as Finland’s  Micke Nikander – whose image is the first one featured in the book — suggests, the skull is the one thing we all share as it “follows us from cradle to grave.”

Micke Nikander

Micke Nikander sticker skull  Stickerbomb Features over 180 Skull Stickers from across the Globe

Colombian artist Matacho Descorp

Matacho descorp sticker bomb skulls edited 1  Stickerbomb Features over 180 Skull Stickers from across the Globe

Australian artist Mike Watt

Mike watt sticker skull  Stickerbomb Features over 180 Skull Stickers from across the Globe

Singapore-based artist One Two Delta

One Two Delta sticker bomb skull edited 2  Stickerbomb Features over 180 Skull Stickers from across the Globe

Welsh artist Mr. Kobo

Mr. Kobo sticker bomb skulls  Stickerbomb Features over 180 Skull Stickers from across the Globe

Here in NYC, the Stickerbomb peelable sticker book series, published by Laurence King, is available at StrandBarnes and NobleMcNally Jackson and at the Museum of Modern Art Bookstore.

Stickerbomb Skulls Front  Stickerbomb Features over 180 Skull Stickers from across the Globe

 Book review by Dani Reyes Mozeson; first two stickers — Run DMC & the Notorious Big — by Japanese artist Motohiro Nezu

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Following its hugely successful presence in last week’s Fridge Art Fair, The Sticker Social Club was invited to participate in this weekend’s LIC Arts Open. During the opening reception this past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to speak to Cosbe, an active member of the the club, along with one of its newer members, Fling.

KaiJune Sticker Social Club LIC Arts Open Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

Tell us something about the beginnings of the club. When and how did the idea of a sticker club begin?

Cosbe: It began about two years ago.  This Is Awkward and I were looking for a way to involve more people in what we were doing, and we wanted a place where we could all meet up. Also, that was the year that Red Bull sponsored me to exhibit at the Scope Art Fair. And I wanted to have some fun with my friends before heading down to Miami for Art Basel.

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DB Burkeman, the author of Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, says that one aspect of the club that he loves is that “it’s like a swap club. Not everyone can draw!” And This Is Awkward, who loves “the idea of sharing, trading and creating art that can then go out to a broader public,” suggests that the Social Sticker Club “helps to facilitate our collective need to create.” What is the purpose of the club? Has it any one goal?

Cosbe: No, it doesn’t have any one specific purpose. It’s organic and  always evolving.

 Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

Where do club members meet?

Cosbe: That varies. We’ve met at Governors Island, at Katz’s Deli, in Dumbo…

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It was originally called the Secret Sticker Club? Why the name change?

Fling: The secret is out!

Fling Sticker Social Club Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

How did you find out about it, Fling?

Fling: I first met Cosbe and Wisher 914 when they were painting at Welling Court. We then ran into each other again at Comic Con.

Ryan Roi sticker social club LIC Arts Open Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

What keeps you coming back?

Fling: I’ve met so many great people, and I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with artists such as Cosbe, CB 23, Roycer and Abe Lincoln, Jr.

Abe lincoln jr sticker social club LIC arts open Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

About how many members does the club have?

Cosbe: Somewhere between 50-60.

Baser sticker collage Social Sticker Club LIC Studio Arts Open Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

What’s ahead? 

Cosbe: More stickers, more shows and more interesting places to meet. We’re also working with Bomit to organize something on a large scale that involves other cities.

Sticker Social Club LIC Arts Open Studios Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

You guys have been quite a hit here in Long Island City – both at the Fridge Art Fair and at the launch of the LIC Arts Open.  Your installation is amazing, and you’ve worked so hard. You are also so welcoming.  Everyone is invited to create a sticker, share it and sell it. yungmoonshine, who met up with you guys at this space during the Fridge Art Fair last week, reports that she now has not only “a space and materials to make stickers,” but “also new friends to share materials and make stickers with.”  What has this experience been like for the two of you?

Cosbe: It was more than I had expected. I’m grateful to StreetArtNYC for making it possible.

Fling:  It’s been a great learning experience. I’ve learned so much – how to build walls, curate, install…

You can visit the Social Sticker Club today and tomorrow — from 12-6pm — at 525 46th Avenue off Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City.

LIC Arts Sticker Social Club at LIC Arts Open this Weekend

Photos: 1. Kaijune by Rachel Fawn Alban; 2. SSC at “LIC Arts Open” reception by Rachel Fawn Alban; 3. Wisher 914 by Rachel Fawn Alban; 4. This Is Awkward by Lois Stavsky; 5. Fling by Lois Stavsky 6. Ryan Roi at LIC Arts Open reception by Lois Stavsky; 6. Abe Lincoln, Jr. by Lois Stavsky; 7. Baser collage by Lois Stavsky and 8. SSC at “LIC Arts Open” reception by Lois Stavsky

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Located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City — just minutes from Manhattan — the Fridge Art Fair has much to offer us street art aficionados. Here’s a sampling:

John Matos aka Crash presented by Dorian Grey Gallery

Crash John Matos graffiti on car Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Cosbe

Kosbe Fridge Art Fair NYC Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Deps1

deps1 painting Frdge Art Fair Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Cody and Youth Waste

Cody and Youth Waste at Fridge NYC Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Alone One with the The Sticker Social Club aka the Secret Sticker Club

Alone dfm Fridge Art Fair NYC Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

The Sticker Social Club aka the Secret Sticker Club  – under the curatorial direction of Cosbe

social sticker club Fridge Art Fair in Long Island City with Crash, Cosbe, Deps1, Cody, Youth Waste, Alone One and more

Conceived by Eric Ginsburg, whose portraits of pets are on display at the fair’s Dorfman Projects booth, the Fridge Art Fair  – now in its second year —  presents an eclectic array of art in all media and styles. It continues through Sunday with live art and performances throughout, as well as pets for adoption today and tomorrow!

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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This is the fourth in a series of occasional posts showcasing sticker art that surfaces on an array of NYC public surfaces:

Screwtape’s homage to Army of One

screw tape sticker art NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Skullphone goes small

skull phone sticker NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

One of Kosby‘s many musings

Kosby NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Fling’s curious creature

Fling street art stciker character NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

RAE’s lovable, zany character

RAE street art sticker NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Faust‘s calligraphic handstyle

faust NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Milwaukee-based RealAbstract‘s magnetic sticker

real abstract street art sticker NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

CB 23′s now-iconic character in the rain

CB 23 NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Zato’s much-loved fellow

Zato street art sticker NYC NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

And for those stickerheads who’d like to participate in the upcoming Sticker Nerds 3, organized by the inimitable Skam Sticker, the deadline to get your slaps in is this Friday, March, 14th.  Send them to Sticker Nerds 3, Post Office Box 13492, Portland, Oregon 97213.

sticker nerds 3 NYC Sticker Art — Part IV: Screwtape, Skullphone, Kosby, Fling, RAE, Faust, RealAbstract, CB23, Zato and Sticker Nerds 3 Call for Stickers

Photos of NYC sticker art by Lenny Collado, Dani Reyes Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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This is the third in a series of posts showcasing NYC’s stylish stickers that surface on an array of public surfaces:

UK artist, Paul Insect 

Paul Insect NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

French artist Franck Duval aka FKDL in Bushwick, Brooklyn

FKDL sticker in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

The ever-present Crasty

crasty sticker art in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

See One in downtown Manhattan

see one sticker art in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

Baser sticker collage in Chelsea

Baser sticker collage in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

 Shepard Fairey aka Obey

obey sticker art NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

SkinTone on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

skintone street art sticker in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

Reka in downtown Manhattan

Reka sticker art in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

2Esae in Chelsea, Manhattan

2Esae sticker in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part III: Paul Insect, FKDL, Crasty, See One, Baser, Obey, SkinTone, Reka and 2Esae

Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson and Lois Stavsky

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Featuring a wondrous array of sticker art from first-rate handstyles to images of alluring women, SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition opened this past Wednesday evening at Con Artist Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Here are some images from the exhibit that continues through April 3 at 119 Ludlow Street.

Lady Millard

Lady Millard sticker. copy Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Luv1

Luv1 Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Choice Royce

Choice Royce sticker Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Lady Aiko

Lady Aiko sticker at Con Art copy Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

WKST

WKST Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Shaina

Shaina Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Klops

Klops Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Amongst Thieves

Amongst Thieves sticker Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Serp 

Serp Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

And from Wednesday evening’s opening party

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DJ at Con Artist Con Artist Gallery Celebrates Sticker Art in SLAP: Adhesives and Egos, a DIY Sticker Exhibition

Check us out on Facebook next week for more sticker images from the exhibit.

Photos by Dani Mozeson & Lois Stavsky 

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This is the second in a series of posts showcasing NYC’s stylish stickers that surface on an array of public surfaces:

Tokyo native Lady Aiko

Aiko sticker art in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part II: Aiko, Read, Choice Royce, Dont Fret, KA, MTK, Jos 1 and Zato

NYC-based Read

Read sticker art in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part II: Aiko, Read, Choice Royce, Dont Fret, KA, MTK, Jos 1 and Zato

Harlem-born artist and curator Choice Royce

Royce NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part II: Aiko, Read, Choice Royce, Dont Fret, KA, MTK, Jos 1 and Zato

Chicago-based Don’t Fret

New York City sticker art NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part II: Aiko, Read, Choice Royce, Dont Fret, KA, MTK, Jos 1 and Zato

The ubiquitous KA and MTK 

KA NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part II: Aiko, Read, Choice Royce, Dont Fret, KA, MTK, Jos 1 and Zato

Jos 1′s signature style

jos 1 sticker art in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part II: Aiko, Read, Choice Royce, Dont Fret, KA, MTK, Jos 1 and Zato

Zato’s character in one of his many poses

Zato street art sticker in NYC NYC’s Stylish Sticker Art — Part II: Aiko, Read, Choice Royce, Dont Fret, KA, MTK, Jos 1 and Zato

 Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson & Lois Stavsky

 

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Boasting first-rate hand styles, cunning commentary and intriguing characters, the stickers that surface on NYC streets are among the best anywhere. Here is a brief sampling:

Australian born painter and installation artist Anthony Lister

Anthony Lister street art on sticker in NYC NYCs Stylish Sticker Art    Part l: Anthony Lister, Alice Mizrachi, Curly, RAE, Katsu, Billi Kid, Street Grapes & more

First-rate hand stylist(s) Aidge and Serch

Aidge graffiti handstyle on NYC sticker NYCs Stylish Sticker Art    Part l: Anthony Lister, Alice Mizrachi, Curly, RAE, Katsu, Billi Kid, Street Grapes & more

Queens-based artist, curator and educator Alice Mizrachi aka AM

Alice Mizrachi sticker art in NYC 4b NYCs Stylish Sticker Art    Part l: Anthony Lister, Alice Mizrachi, Curly, RAE, Katsu, Billi Kid, Street Grapes & more

One of Curly’s playful statements — though usually handwritten

Curly sticker in NYC NYCs Stylish Sticker Art    Part l: Anthony Lister, Alice Mizrachi, Curly, RAE, Katsu, Billi Kid, Street Grapes & more

Brooklyn-based artist RAE

Rae sticker art in NYC NYCs Stylish Sticker Art    Part l: Anthony Lister, Alice Mizrachi, Curly, RAE, Katsu, Billi Kid, Street Grapes & more

NYC’s prolific Katsu

Katsu sticker in NYC NYCs Stylish Sticker Art    Part l: Anthony Lister, Alice Mizrachi, Curly, RAE, Katsu, Billi Kid, Street Grapes & more

The legendary NYC-based artist Billi Kid in collaboration with the Russian-born graphic designer and illustrator Street Grapes

street grapes and Billy the kid sticker art in NYC NYCs Stylish Sticker Art    Part l: Anthony Lister, Alice Mizrachi, Curly, RAE, Katsu, Billi Kid, Street Grapes & more

 Photos by Lenny Collado, Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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