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Wheatpaste Artist COST Has Been Arrested By NYPD

COST Arrested by NYPDGraffiti legend COST was arrested by NYPD on Sunday Oct. 5

COST’s wheatpaste posters have achieved ubiquity in New York City for the second time since his last epic run in the mid 1990s with collaborator REVS.

The arrest has spawned somewhat of a media frenzy among New York City news outlets and graffiti related bloggers.

NYPD vows to continue to keep glue wielding creatives off of our streets.

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Artist Profile: Rory

rory.sticker.2What is your name and/or alias(s)?
I’ve never had a name or any word to describe my character. I prefer to leave it un-named and let other people interpret it their own way. This becomes annoying when people ask me what to call it or what I write. :/
Where are you located?
I’m located in Sydney in Australia. I like to travel, but I only really put up stickers in Melbourne and Sydney.
How long have you been making stickers?
I started drawing various characters on stickers when I was about 10, but I wasn’t serious about it and there wasn’t really a point to it. I started making more of an effort towards paste ups and stickers this year. My current character took about a month to develop into what it is now and I have been drawing the developed character consistently for about 3 months. I’m 14 now.
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
I found this little hand drawn monkey sticker on the side of the road once and I tried to copy it. It looked like shit, but kinda looked like a bear. I thought that was cool so I kept doing it over and over. They never went up much, but that’s how I got started.
What role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
I’ve been part of and noticed more and more sticker shows recently. I have noticed there are more and more people who have the ability and are good at making stickers, but not many people seem to have the guts to be putting them up on the streets so it doesn’t really go anywhere. I know that doesn’t really answer the question, but it doesn’t really fit in anywhere else.
What materials do you use?
I use just your average black Sharpie, cheap textas and pencils on paper stickers, but I have a few steps that I do to heat proof and water proof them. It’s cheap and effective, but very time consuming. As for the wheat pasting I do. I stock up on Christmas wrapping at the end of each year and I draw on the back of it and then cut it out. It’s extremely cheap and it is very thin.
rory.sticker.1What are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
The backs of signs on main roads (where loads of people walk though in the day). I like to put them up in the day because it confuses everyone and I get to argue with a lot of public-hero type people. Public transport are also fun places to put stickers, because they get seen and they travel far. (more…)

Artist Profile: Morley

Morley Party StickerWhat is your name and/or alias(s)?
Where are you located?
Los Angeles, CA
How long have you been making stickers?
I’ve been making stickers since 2003.
What inspired you to first start producing stickers?
I was living in New York, going to an art school out there and and started noticing the original OBEY stickers. I decided I wanted to give it a try so I started silk screening my slogans on to Contact paper and sticking them up around the subway. When I moved to Los Angeles my work evolved into wheat paste posters- which are kind of like very large stickers. I began selling smaller stickers of my posters a few months ago. People seem to really like them!
What role would you say stickers play within the greater scope of art?
One of the best things about stickers I think is that unlike a lot of other forms of street art, the sticker has more of a community aspect to it. Everywhere you go you see big sticker collages- there’s not a sense of “this is MY spot” with stickers. People see something massively hit with different stickers and they just want to join the group. It’s like an art mosh pit.
Morley Give Up StickerWhat materials do you use?
I used to silkscreen onto contact paper and Post Office labels, then I started just laser printing onto sticker paper and now I just order from StickerGuy.com, because their vinyl stickers are just really good quality.
What are some of your favorite places to put up slaps?
Street light walk buttons, rain pipes, parking meters.
What is the longest one of your slaps has survived in the wild?
I had one that lasted almost a year! The nice thing about stickers is it’s never that disappointing when something doesn’t last. There’s always more where that came from. (more…)