Artist Profile: Amer

amer stickersName:
Amer.
Location:
Grand Rapids, MI.
How long have you been making stickers?
It’s been almost two years already!
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
Mostly the fact that when I was tagging a LONG time ago, I thought: You can produce a tag in like 5-10 seconds and it might not turn out too well, but you can spend like 10 minutes drawing on a USPS label and spend literally half a second putting it up! I later found out that thousands of people have their own “characters” that they draw on stickers and that’s where my first character came from. I later got more detailed in my work through out the years and here I am now!
What role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
Stickers play a very, very small role in any art-form. Mostly because a lot of artists that may have detailed work never actually put any “in the streets” so to speak. Not a lot of other people have heard of sticker art, because it has evolved from mostly the internet. Kids that just started posting this super simplistic work and immediately asking for trades. Other art-forms are based around people learning from generations and word-of-mouth and asking “What can I do to make my art different from the rest?” Sticker art, because of people learning from YouTube videos and the internet, is based on “How can I make my work look similar to theirs?” Due to this mental question that newbies ask themselves, this leads them to biting.
amer stickersMaterials:
I typically use whatever I have laying around. I mostly use the standard USPS labels and a very, very wide variety of paint markers, ink markers, and spray paints.
What are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
Most definitely the city. It shows courage from myself. If you stick to the middle of nowhere where there’s no one around, people will get on your back about it.
amer stickersWhat is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
I have one that has been rocking for about 2 years now! Still perfect next to the sidewalk in a small little town a couple minutes west!
Have you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
Not yet! Guess I have some good luck with what I do!
What other artists inspire you?
Everyone. No matter how talented they are, I ALWAYS gather ideas from everything I see!
Have you ever had a funny/unusual experience related to stickering that you would like to share?
I have seen someone peel off one of my old stickers and laugh and put it in their bag. What a smile on their face! I don’t mind seeing as they saved it from falling off.
How many stickers have you produced to date?
Around 600 bazillion. Is that reasonable?
amer stickersIs stickering about quantity or quality for you?
It’s all about quality for me. Though, there are some very creative mass-produced printed stickers out there. I have actually received some Nutritional Facts stickers that say things on them like “Serving Size 1 Street Sign” and they tell you what is in a street sign. Other than things like that, quality is where it’s at!
Do you collect and/or trade slaps with other artists?
I do! I have traded with over 80 people! Seems like a very small amount, but it’s a lot!
Do you have a message that you are trying to convey with your slaps?
Not really trying to have a message on my work. Occasionally I add in some quotes from famous people next to my character, but that’s about it.
Final thought:
Unicorns rule.
amer stickersWhat is the best way for people to follow your work?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amerstreetart  / Amer Does Stickers
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/amerstreetart
Store: http://www.amerstreetart.bigcartel.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/aokdckrew
Shouts:
I would like to give some shout outs to all of Justifying Artistic Rebellion Crew, all of The New Crew, anyone that took the time to read this, and anyone who has supported me in my artwork or traded with me in the past few years. Thanks!