Artist Profile: Avion

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Avion EPO
I was out of Shavertown PA, but relocated to Nantucket MA as of this year.
How long have you been making stickers?
I have been making stickers for about a year and a half now.
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
When I first moved to PA I was very unhappy and started taking out my anger and frustration by tagging and I got addicted. There was something about seeing your ‘name’ on something and how people reacted to it. It was really enjoyable to me. When you start tagging of any kind, you become more aware of your surroundings and I started seeing stickers everywhere. The first sticker I had ever seen was by a person called Star Head Boy, if you don’t know him I would look him up. It was a simple penguin. When I saw that sticker I really enjoyed it and liked how everyone could see it and it made them think. When that sticker got buffed, I wanted to help fill that spot by adding my own, and before long things got out of hand.
avion stickerWhat role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
I think that most sticker artists preform a valuable asset in raw expression of and convey that very well to the public.
I started with Hello My Name Is, but mostly use 228s from 2008 (I hate the new 228s they feel like plastic to me) For markers I use Flame, Copic, Sakura, Prismacolor, Molotow, Sharpie, Krink and Deco. I like trying new things but my Flames and Molotow are my favorites. For paint I use FreshPaint.
What are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
I love utility boxes. Big ugly sheets of metal that people usually don’t care if I put stuff on.
avion stickerWhat is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
My worst slap I ever made from the first week I started is still running. I don’t know why people left that and not my good stuff…
Have you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
Not yet. But tagging with paint…
What other artists inspire you?
Many others…
avion stickerHave you ever had a funny/unusual experience related to stickering?
When I was first starting out, I used to draw a super stupid hoodie character that looked really toy even when I tried hard at it, but for the time I thought it was respectable. When I first started putting it up nothing happened to it, but a month in someone started going over it with block prints. At first I was pissed because someone who just prints their stuff was going over my stuff when I was the only other person in town and there was plenty of room. Now I’m not going to name this person because of how ridiculous this got. At one point I found a slap with ‘you suck’ scribbled on it and I broke down and made a crew with some friends called EPO. The only point of the crew at the time was to wipe all this guys stuff off the street and we succeeded in my area. After all this I found the guy on IG and confronted him about this and tried to make peace. He was a big player in stickers and I looked up to him even when he was being a dick. He told me if I ever got up again he would ‘Slit my neck’. I almost quit right there, but I stayed because of my crew. I was amazed about how something that I loved doing was being destroyed for no real reason. I moved back home before I got a chance to retaliate, but I think it was for the best.
If you had to guess, how many stickers have you produced to date?
Sounds cocky, but including prints I would say 1000 easy.
avion stickerSome artists try to get as many ups as possible. Is stickering about quantity or quality for you?
It’s funny because most people don’t realize how much I get up. I don’t like getting internet famous for getting up so I rarely post my stuff in the wild. Showing people stuff you drew is one thing, but bragging about how much you get up is another. I like to take time on hand-drawns, but got for quantity on prints.
Do you collect and/or trade slaps with other artists?
Yes. I love getting peoples work and I always try to give more.
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?
I want people to have the same reaction I had when I saw that sticker for the first time. I want them to be happy and inspired.
Final thought:
avion stickerWhat is the best way for people to follow your work?
Instagram is the best: @Avion_Oner
But Flickr is ok too @Avion_Oner
I would love to thank my crew EPO and a crew I’m in SBV and all the friends I have made on the way for all the support you have given me. Thank you all!