Speaking with DC-Based Artist, Author and Curator iwillnot

Wildly passionate and distinctly professional about about sticker artwork, DC-dependent iwillnot has revealed two celebrated publications and has curated 5 extraordinarily outstanding expos on the theme. On my current stop by to DC, I had the opportunity to pose a couple of inquiries to him and capture up a little bit:

Since you initial introduced me to the DC road art sticker scene about 14 years back, your contributions to the culture have been tremendous — expos, textbooks, giveaways and a lot more. What is it about stickers that charm to you?

I love that they are a brief and straightforward way to get a information — or simply just your identify — out there.

Can you inform us anything about your identify — “iwillnot?”  When did you acquire it? And why did you opt for it?

I started applying iwillnot in 2009. It was a statement of defiance and opposition. I didn’t like what was happening around me. I could not help the path DC was having, especially in terms of its gentrification. And I was not content with the way my community was evolving in the identify of renovation and improvement.

You experienced been pasting, gathering and investing stickers for many several years ahead of you conceived of curating your initially Road Sticker EXPO at The Fridge DC. What inspired you to start such a large undertaking?

It was a natural development. I, myself, now experienced amassed a substantial collection, and I understood numerous lively sticker artists out there. It was a way to share the art variety that I love with so a lot of some others and to introduce these artists to a wider viewers. Also, the streets in DC had turn out to be considerably less hospitable to stickers.

How did you initially get the word out?  More than a thousand artists have participated in your Sticker Expos.

At very first it was largely word-of-mouth. We have been a rather restricted team, Skam, RWK, V0xx Romana…and more. And social media, mainly Instagram and my web-site, are important to finding the word out.

Your most current Avenue Sticker EXPO took location for the duration of the pandemic. Did that existing any unique problems?

Of course. It was nerve-racking. Amongst the difficulties was getting and opening packages of stickers although we were being all involved with turning out to be contaminated with COVID-19…Just storing the bins until eventually we opened them was problematic!

Your next guide, Unsmashed, capabilities around 1200 colored photographs of stand-by yourself stickers from artists across the globe. How did you decide on which stickers to incorporate? 

I took a person sticker from each individual pack that I had obtained for the 2020 Expo. Each individual of these stickers was then photographed by fellow sticker artist Cheer Up, who also did the format and layout for the ebook.  It evolved into the excellent field guideline that can conveniently hook up anyone to the sticker artwork local community.

Sure! It is excellent! What’s ahead?

SMASHED 2. is underway. It will cover the final two EXPOs, the showings at the 2020 Outsider Artwork Reasonable and Tribeca Artwork Evening in NYC, the execution of the collage portrait and the phenomenon of sticker displays close to the globe.

What about EXPOs? Any ahead?

In 2023, we will celebrate our 10-12 months anniversary.

Congratulations! I’m looking ahead to that!

Observe: Be certain to examine out iwillnot’s web site to acquire his guides and assorted merchandise. And if you’d like to receive a absolutely free sticker pack, fill out the kind on this website page!

All pictures courtesy iwillnot photograph 2 features El Toro and Chris RWK collaboration photo 4 – a collaboration with Mr. Zimbro