Artist Profile: Alfred

spider jerusalem sticker 1Name:
Alfred! I haven’t picked an alias. Every time I try to pick one I sound stupid.
Location:
Long Island, New York
How long have you been making stickers?
I started in October 2013.
bettie page stickerWhat inspired you to first start producing stickers?
I have always been a fan of graffiti and street art. Especially walking around NYC, you would see stickers on almost every corner in all the Burroughs. When I went to NYC Comic Con this year, I had the opportunity to meet Kosbey and Abe Lincoln JR and we talked about the sticker culture. I also met Camden Noir that put together the book, “Label 228 : A Street Art Project”. A collection of 228’s from various artist from all over the world. Soon after the Comic Convention I wanted to see if I could make a few of my own stickers. I’m still getting the hang of it and experimenting with different mediums. I also get inspired just by finding other stickers out there and looking at what other artist are coming up with. I come from a Graphic Design background and I have a good handle with page layout design from various illustration companies and other sign shops I have worked in the past. I’m just trying to put my own spin, my own style of sticker art out in the wild.
sugar skulls gemsWhat role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
Good question! I believe that sticker art have the ability to inspire people to be more creative or to look at the everyday surroundings they wouldn’t normally notice differently. I like the idea of someone walking the streets on their normal everyday way to work and with a sticker on somewhere on the likes of a street sign, or a light post and see these beautiful pieces of art and marvel and be filled with awe and inspiration to do something more creative in their everyday way of life.
Materials:
Whatever I can get my hands on. Or whatever supplies I can steal from the mailroom from my office job. Mostly I use the Label 228’s. I found a fat stack of the blue top 228’s that I like to use from time to time. I use sticker paper that I use for my sugar skulls. I also like using stamps, stencils and acrylic paint. I use all types of Sharpie but recently been using Craft Smart Paint pens. I’m going to try wheat paste with bigger pieces soon. Hopefully learn a few tricks with that soon.
nosferatu stickerWhat are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
Everywhere I can in the city (NYC) when I’m there. I like to put up slaps on street Signs and those big ass electrical boxes. All the music venues that I frequent usually have my slaps somewhere in there. I have a test sign outside the Half Penny Pub in Sayville, NY where I post new slaps just to see how well the ink from different mediums hold up in the wild. Pretty much any Main ST. on Long Island with heavy foot traffic will have my stickers up there somewhere until it gets buffed out.
What is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
I still see my first sticker I made four months ago still up. I have a few stickers that I made for my podcast, “The Elvis & Alfred Show” out there from 3 years ago that is still up if that still counts.
joker stickerHave you ever had any run-ins with the law due to your stickering?
I’m pretty careful or at least drunk enough to not even care when I go bombing. So I’m pretty lucky thus far.
What other artists inspire you? 
Tara McPherson, Andy Warhol, Kosbey, Bettie Page, Olivia De Berardinis, Mike Kelly, Bansky, Paul Cezzane, Dave McKean, Jae Lee, George Perez, Salvador Dali, Ralph Stedman, Frida Khalo, Drew Struzen, Sean Phillips, Darick Robertson, Sonic Youth, Frank Quitely, Audrey Kawasaki, so many others…
Have you ever had a funny/unusual experience related to stickering?
I used to bomb a lot with my sugar skull gems when I first started out. Usually they get taken down as soon as I put them up. The fastest was in Amityville, NY right outside Revolutions Bar & Grill. I put one up on a street sign and I turned around to light a cigarette and when I looked up I saw it being taken down by some girl, a total up time of a whole 2 minutes! I tried calling her to see if she collected stickers or if she just liked mine but it was too late. It takes a lot of time to make those so I haven’t bombed with them in quite some time.
hunter s thompson sticker 1If you had to guess, how many stickers have you produced to date?
I would say less than 500.
Is stickering about quantity or quality?
A little bit of both I’d say, but it’s more of originality for me that really catches my eye.
danny trejo stickersDo you collect and/or trade slaps with other artists?
I’m going to start here on this website with the sticker swaps. I would love to trade and throw up other artist stickers around my area.
Do you have a message that you are trying to convey with your slaps?
Just to look and smile at the stickers. I like putting up NYC pop culture Icons, but no real message. Just to have fun.
bukowski stickerWhat is the best way for people to follow your work?
INSTAGRAM: @AlTakesPictures
The Elvis & Alfred Show. Thursdays from 5pm-7pm EST on www.MoreLikeRadio.com
Or www.ElvisandAlfred.com