Artist Profile: Anesta

My name is Gabriela and my alias is Anesta.
I live in Czech Republic, Europe.
How long have you been making stickers?
I  started a long time ago when I was 18, so it has been 15 years since I have put my first sticker on the street.
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
In my country people did not know what street art or graffiti is, because of the communists. My cousin had a few friends that lived in foreign countries (US, UK etc.) and when the communists left our country, they came back to live here. They gave him some magazines and articles about street art and some pictures they took on their trips. So we decided to try it too. My cousin lived in a bigger city so he had no problems with buying cans and his friends taught him “how to…” But I lived in a smaller town so I made a few tags with a D. I. Y. made marker (kiwi elite shoe polish and paint) and I gave up. I decided to make stickers, the magazines said that it is cheap, easy and fast.
What materials do you use?
I used to make a normal paper stickers, but the glue is shitty and the colors did not last so long. I also tried to put some super glue on the paper, but it was worse than before. I also tried to put transparent tape on the paper, but it is useless. Many years ago one girl (Ease) showed me these awesome self-adhesive vinyl foils, so I use these and a knife.
What are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
Traffic signs I guess.
What is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
8 years, but only because it is in a high place and no one can tear it off.
Have you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
No. It is just a sticker, you do not have to run. In fact, a few times the policemen asked me how are they done and if I can give or make one sticker for them.
What other artists inspire you?
So only artists can inspire us? Everything around me is inspiring: nature, my love etc…But also the environmental problems, wars, politics. I guess that no artists (well known or unknown) inspired me in cutting my stickers.
If you had to guess, how many stickers have you produced to date?
About 3.000 I guess. It is kind of a small number for 15 years, but each of my stickers is unique and it usually takes me about 2 hours to create it, but only if I am working on a new or complicated design. I have a few types of stickers that are made in 30 minutes, so when I go for a trip, I usually make 10 pieces and I am ready. It is street art, not a competition and when I see how some of my friends are making stickers, it just makes me sad. 20 minutes of work in Corel/Photoshop/Illustrator and hurray, lets print it. In 5 minutes 1000 stickers. Sorry, but this is not street art.
Some artists try to get as many ups as possible. Is stickering about quantity or quality for you?
I hope I have answered it in my previous reply. Quality, of course.
Do you collect and/or trade slaps with other artists?
I made a few exchanges, some people are still trying to contact me via e-mail or devArt, but nowadays I am making exchanges only with people who are making stickers like me – hand-cut. I gave up when I agreed to an exchange with one guy from Australia. He told me which stickers he liked, so I made few for him and I was really looking forward to a letter from Australia. He was making wonderful stickers, but he sent a bunch of crappy papers, just shoddy stickers.
Do you have a message that you are trying to convey with your slaps?
No, I do not think that I am trying to say something with my stickers, it is just a piece of art that I like to put on the streets and I do not want anything for that, only people should leave them alone.
Final thought:
The best artists for me are on the streets and in the D. I. Y. culture, not the ones with their own web sites, agents or huge labels. And of course Go Veg – Meat is still murder, milk is still rape.
What is the best way for people to follow your work?
I do not have many social network accounts, only the dA –
Opek, Trybit, 5deadbunny, nymphaae (bunny and nymph are quite talented) and many others from the dA.