Artist Profile: Morley

Morley Party StickerWhat is your name and/or alias(s)?
Morley
Where are you located?
Los Angeles, CA
How long have you been making stickers?
I’ve been making stickers since 2003.
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
I was living in New York, going to an art school out there and and started noticing the original OBEY stickers. I decided I wanted to give it a try so I started silk screening my slogans on to Contact paper and sticking them up around the subway. When I moved to Los Angeles my work evolved into wheat paste posters- which are kind of like very large stickers. I began selling smaller stickers of my posters a few months ago. People seem to really like them!
What role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
One of the best things about stickers I think is that unlike a lot of other forms of street art, the sticker has more of a community aspect to it. Everywhere you go you see big sticker collages- there’s not a sense of “this is MY spot” with stickers. People see something massively hit with different stickers and they just want to join the group. It’s like an art mosh pit.
Morley Give Up StickerWhat materials do you use?
I used to silkscreen onto contact paper and Post Office labels, then I started just laser printing onto sticker paper and now I just order from StickerGuy.com, because their vinyl stickers are just really good quality.
What are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
Street light walk buttons, rain pipes, parking meters.
What is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
I had one that lasted almost a year! The nice thing about stickers is it’s never that disappointing when something doesn’t last. There’s always more where that came from.
Have you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
Not stickering, but a few times when I’ve been wheat pasting. The trick is to be apologetic and respectful and they usually just let me go.
What other artists inspire you?
Adrian Tomine, Craig Thompson, Charles Burns, Eric Bogosian, JR, Paul Thomas Anderson, Richard Linklater.
What are some of your favorite foods?
Brownies, cookies, ice cream… pretty much sweets of any kind.
What kind of music do you like?
Indie Rock and old Motown mostly. I enjoy bands of all musical genres.
Favorite movies / TV shows?
Mystery Science Theater 3000, Kids in the Hall, The Simpsons (seasons 1-9), The Maxx, The British Office.
Morley Still Time StickerHave you ever had a funny/unusual experience related to stickering?
I enjoy putting up stickers and sticking around for a few minutes at a distance to see if anyone ever notices or enjoys what I’ve done. Once someone walked up about a minute after I put one up and seemed to like it so much that she peeled it off and stuck it on her phone. I took it as a massive compliment even if the sticker only lasted a couple minutes.
If you had to guess, how many stickers have you produced to date?
Well- since I started selling them to people, I’ve had to have thousands made up. That I’ve actually stuck up? At least a couple hundred since 2003.
Some artists try to get as many ups as possible. Is stickering about quantity or quality for you?
Quality for sure. My work is based so much in sentiment and text. It would muddle the message if there were 50 different sentiments in one city block. I try to space them out in order to give the statement more impact.
Do you collect and/or trade slaps with other artists?
Not really over the net, but I like when I can meet the artist somewhere and trade in person. Having someone to connect the work to gives it more significance for me. I assume the same is probably true for others as well.
Do you have a message that you are trying to convey with your slaps? What do you want people to take away from seeing one of your designs in the wild?
My aim is to give something positive to the anyone who might stumble over my work. A bit of hope or encouragement or even just a laugh. As long as I feel like I’m being of some help to them, that’s success to me.
Morley Dolt Again StickerWhat is the best way for people to follow your work?
My blog is www.IAmMorley.com
Shout outs:
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