Artist Profile: Swone

swone stickerName:
Austin, Texas
What inspired you to first start making stickers?
I first was making stencils and painting them on canvas, but one day I was watching some video on stencils and I found the sticker art world and started making stickers.
How long have you been at it?
I’ve been making stickers for about a year and a half now, but Ive been making stencils for longer then that.
What role do you think stickers play within the greater scope of art?
I think that stickers in the street make people see art more and they really might appreciate it more than if they had seen it in a gallery or art fair. People may become more aware of art through stickers and street art.
swone stickerMaterials:
228 labels, adhesive vinyl, rustoleum spray paint, dollar cans, bucket paint, screen printing ink, linoleum blocks, xacto blades, manila folders, butcher paper, shit I find in dumpsters, clear coat, gimp photo editing software, UPS thermal stickers, poster board, screens, squeegees.
What’s your favorite place to put up slaps?
I really like getting stickers up on stop light posts because I enjoy climbing up them to get a sticker 15-20 feet up.
What is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
There is one sticker that I put up that has been there for over a year and that was before I even went by swone and all I did was draw cartoon balloons on 228 labels.
Have you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
I’ve never gotten in trouble for putting up stickers and if you ever do just know that in some cities putting up a sticker has the same laws as putting up a missing animal poster. So the cops can’t tell you anything.
swone stickerWhat other artists inspire you?
My art alone isn’t really inspired by any other artists but one of my favorite artists is Edward Hopper. That is the kind of art I love.
Have you ever had a funny or unusual experience related to stickering?
Once when climbing up a stop light pole to put up a sticker a 60-70 year old man from his car yelled “get it get it get it!” at me.
Is it about quantity or quality?
You have to have a mix of quantity and quality. You might have 6000 stickers that look like shit but if you spent over an hour on one sticker that you’re going to put in the street then you need to rethink that. I would say don’t spent over 3 minutes on 1 sticker unless it’s a really big one or it is going to last forever.
Do you collect stickers and/or trade with other artists?
If I had money to trade I would, but I would rather spend $3 on paint than $3 on shipping.
swone stickerDo you have a message your are trying to convey with your slaps?
Some of my stickers are faces of evil people or criminals that I would like to publicly shame. That’s really the only message I’m trying to get across.
What is the best way to follow your work?
Instagram @swoneslaps or take a walk through downtown Austin.