Speaking with DC-Based Artist, Author and Curator iwillnot

Wildly passionate and distinctly educated about about sticker artwork, DC-primarily based iwillnot has released two celebrated textbooks and has curated 5 extraordinarily remarkable expos on the theme. On my modern check out to DC, I had the prospect to pose a couple of queries to him and capture up a bit:

Considering that you very first launched me to the DC road art sticker scene about 14 yrs in the past, your contributions to the culture have been massive — expos, publications, giveaways and far more. What is it about stickers that charm to you?

I like that they are a swift and effortless way to get a concept — or basically your identify — out there.

Can you convey to us a little something about your name — “iwillnot?”  When did you get it? And why did you select it?

I commenced working with iwillnot in 2009. It was a assertion of defiance and opposition. I didn’t like what was going on all-around me. I could not help the course DC was taking, particularly in conditions of its gentrification. And I wasn’t joyful with the way my community was evolving in the title of renovation and advancement.

You experienced been pasting, gathering and investing stickers for many a long time ahead of you conceived of curating your first Road Sticker EXPO at The Fridge DC. What enthusiastic you to launch such a massive undertaking?

It was a purely natural development. I, myself, now had amassed a massive assortment, and I realized lots of lively sticker artists out there. It was a way to share the artwork sort that I like with so numerous other folks and to introduce these artists to a wider audience. Also, the streets in DC experienced turn out to be fewer hospitable to stickers.

How did you to begin with get the term out?  Over a thousand artists have participated in your Sticker Expos.

At to start with it was largely word-of-mouth. We had been a really tight group, Skam, RWK, V0xx Romana…and far more. And social media, mainly Instagram and my website, are essential to receiving the word out.

Your most new Road Sticker EXPO took position throughout the pandemic. Did that present any unique issues?

Certainly. It was annoying. Among the issues was receiving and opening offers of stickers though we had been all anxious with turning into contaminated with COVID-19…Just storing the boxes until eventually we opened them was problematic!

Your second book, Unsmashed, options more than 1200 colored pictures of stand-by itself stickers from artists throughout the globe. How did you pick which stickers to include? 

I took one particular sticker from each pack that I had obtained for the 2020 Expo. Each of these stickers was then photographed by fellow sticker artist Cheer Up, who also did the format and structure for the e book.  It advanced into the perfect industry guideline that can very easily hook up any one to the sticker art group.

Of course! It is perfect! What’s in advance?

SMASHED 2. is underway. It will include the past two EXPOs, the showings at the 2020 Outsider Art Fair and Tribeca Artwork Evening in NYC, the execution of the collage portrait and the phenomenon of sticker shows around the environment.

What about EXPOs? Any ahead?

In 2023, we will rejoice our 10-yr anniversary.

Congratulations! I’m seeking ahead to that!

Take note: Be positive to test out iwillnot’s web site to purchase his guides and assorted products. And if you’d like to acquire a no cost sticker pack, fill out the sort on this page!

All pics courtesy iwillnot picture 2 attributes El Toro and Chris RWK collaboration picture 4 – a collaboration with Mr. Zimbro

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