Artist Profile: Cornelius

cornelius stickerName:
My name is Cornelius.
I’m from New Jersey.
How long have you been making stickers?
I’ve been making stickers, among other art, for about a year now.
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
It was significantly cheaper to make a bunch of stickers than buying cans of paint. On top of that, I was able to really take my time with each slap at home where I could quickly put it on the streets rather than taking all that time painting a wall.
What role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
I think that stickers are like a novelty piece of someones art. It’s pretty cool seeing a sticker of someone’s work you know just walking in the street, but I do believe sticker artists should diversify their mediums and try bigger things when their skill is ready.
cornelius stickerMaterials:
I used to use USPS labels but now I switched to completely blank sticker paper- I prefer a blank canvas. For color I use Posca paint pens and for my black and white illustration slaps I use my Micron pens.
What are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
I live in a rural/suburban area so it is pointless to put slaps up there (although I minimally still do) so I would much rather put them up in the city- NYC namely.
Have you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
I’m happy to say I have not… knock on wood.
cornelius stickerWhat other artists inspire you?
My number one inspiration is KAWS. He epitomizes everything I want to do in life in terms of art. I’m also inspired by Retna, Obey, and Space Invader, because they all found their own signature look and they don’t try to copy anyone.
If you had to guess, how many stickers have you produced to date?
Not very much, it takes me like an hour to make a sticker so I’d say maybe almost 100.
Is stickering about quantity or quality for you?
For me it’s all about quality. If you bang out a hell of a lot of sloppy slaps it’s pointless because no one will WANT to notice your work. But hey, if you can consistently produce a lot of high quality stickers go for it… I’m talking about the fools who scribble a lame tag on a sticker and slap them everywhere.
cornelius stickerDo you collect and/or trade slaps with other artists?
I do not trade or collect, because it just takes me too long to build up a substantial sticker pack and I’d rather stick them up myself.
What do you want people to take away from seeing one of your designs in the wild?
I want people who are not in the graffiti/slap world to look at them and think, wow some serious work and detail went into that… it’s actually art, not just an ugly piece of vandalism.
Final thought:
I eat a lot of boneless buffalo chicken.
cornelius stickerWhat is the best way for people to follow your work?
I post everything on my Instagram: @therealcornelius
Shout to @thatredkid, big things coming from him.