Speaking with DC-Based Artist, Author and Curator iwillnot

Wildly passionate and distinctly experienced about about sticker artwork, DC-primarily based iwillnot has posted two celebrated publications and has curated 5 extraordinarily outstanding expos on the topic. On my modern pay a visit to to DC, I experienced the option to pose a few thoughts to him and capture up a little bit:

Considering that you initially released me to the DC road artwork sticker scene about 14 many years ago, your contributions to the tradition have been huge — expos, textbooks, giveaways and a lot more. What is it about stickers that charm to you?

I appreciate that they are a brief and easy way to get a information — or basically your name — out there.

Can you notify us one thing about your title — “iwillnot?”  When did you purchase it? And why did you opt for it?

I started applying iwillnot in 2009. It was a assertion of defiance and opposition. I did not like what was happening close to me. I could not support the way DC was having, particularly in conditions of its gentrification. And I was not satisfied with the way my community was evolving in the name of renovation and advancement.

You had been pasting, gathering and buying and selling stickers for quite a few a long time just before you conceived of curating your first Street Sticker EXPO at The Fridge DC. What determined you to start this kind of a large venture?

It was a normal development. I, myself, currently experienced amassed a large assortment, and I understood numerous lively sticker artists out there. It was a way to share the art form that I love with so numerous other folks and to introduce these artists to a wider audience. Also, the streets in DC had develop into fewer hospitable to stickers.

How did you at first get the phrase out?  Over a thousand artists have participated in your Sticker Expos.

At initial it was largely term-of-mouth. We were a pretty limited team, Skam, RWK, V0xx Romana…and extra. And social media, generally Instagram and my web site, are essential to having the word out.

Your most latest Road Sticker EXPO took area all through the pandemic. Did that current any distinctive problems?

Sure. It was stress filled. Among the the worries was obtaining and opening packages of stickers even though we were being all worried with getting to be contaminated with COVID-19…Just storing the bins until finally we opened them was problematic!

Your 2nd ebook, Unsmashed, options about 1200 coloured images of stand-by itself stickers from artists across the globe. How did you decide on which stickers to include things like? 

I took 1 sticker from each pack that I experienced acquired for the 2020 Expo. Each individual of these stickers was then photographed by fellow sticker artist Cheer Up, who also did the format and design for the guide.  It evolved into the best discipline guideline that can conveniently join any person to the sticker artwork local community.

Yes! It is perfect! What is in advance?

SMASHED 2. is underway. It will cover the final two EXPOs, the showings at the 2020 Outsider Artwork Good and Tribeca Artwork Night in NYC, the execution of the collage portrait and the phenomenon of sticker demonstrates all over the environment.

What about EXPOs? Any forward?

In 2023, we will celebrate our 10-year anniversary.

Congratulations! I’m seeking ahead to that!

Be aware: Be positive to check out iwillnot’s internet site to buy his guides and assorted merchandise. And if you’d like to acquire a no cost sticker pack, fill out the type on this web page!

All pics courtesy iwillnot photograph 2 characteristics El Toro and Chris RWK collaboration image 4 – a collaboration with Mr. Zimbro