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When walking around in town you – well I don’t really know about you, but I do for sure… – frequently see stickers attached to lamppost, traffic signs and other public areas. Some of them are simply advertising gigs or nights at clubs or even albums (I still pass Are you gonna be my girl stickers that were put up when the Jet album was released a few years ago frequently). And others are more obscure with their point or message not being apparent at all.

The fun thing about this is that once you see an interesting sticker, you’ll keep looking for more (err, once more, I don’t know about you, but I do for sure). When passing street signs, you’ll look at their back to see whether there are any interesting stickers on there. Frequently you’ll have to look up a bit to see anything interesting as the stickers that survive tend to be out of the easy reach of passer bys or people cleaning them up.

In fact, a few years back, I started seeing another trend: people using the large stickers they have at the post office for the address on parcels to write or draw something on them and then stick them on lampposts, street signs and so on. Since, I wondered why they’re doing this. Just for the cool looks and the extra colour coming from the sticker? Or to be quicker when putting their stuff up? Or, possibly, because attaching a sticker is considered a lesser offense than writing on things directly? I have no idea.

arrrgh sticker on a lamp post Most of the stickers you see have some local reference. So I was quite surprised to see one kind of sticker appear in numerous cities. I saw it in Göttingen, Bremen, Hannover and Berlin at least. It just consists of a number of black and white circles which look a bit like an eye. And once I realised that those stickers seem to be widespread, I started to develop an eye for seeing them and discovered more and more of them.

Only this weekend, I happened to walk past one of them which was at a convenient height to see the tiny reference to arrrgh.org printed on the sticker and I visited the site to see what it’s all about. And it’s what they call ‘street art’. You are encouraged to download their design, print it on a sticker and put it up. Quite a cool idea. And a good explanation for the stickers being widespread. Apart from being a Flashy mess, the page is quite interesting, with photos of the design in different places and links to many other like-minded sites.

Have you seen any of these around where you live?

arrrgh sticker on a public rubbish bin

[Photos nicked from the arrrgh.org website.]

February 27, 2006, 1:57


Comment by ARRRGH!: User icon

hello! i am really stoked to see this really nice article about streetart. seems you like my stuff eh? ;) thank you for your attention when walking the streets an thank you very much for this nice feedback. right now i am waiting for warmer weather to come.. but then i´ll be back on the street to bring you some more tiny eye candy! :)

keep up the goooood shit!


visit: http://www.arrrgh.org

March 12, 2006, 23:49

Comment by ssp: User icon

Thanks for your project and opening my eyes for this to begin with!

March 13, 2006, 23:52

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