Speaking with DC-Based Artist, Author and Curator iwillnot

Wildly passionate and distinctly experienced about about sticker artwork, DC-dependent iwillnot has released two celebrated guides and has curated 5 terribly spectacular expos on the theme. On my current pay a visit to to DC, I experienced the opportunity to pose a handful of issues to him and capture up a little bit:

Considering that you to start with launched me to the DC street art sticker scene about 14 several years ago, your contributions to the tradition have been huge — expos, guides, giveaways and more. What is it about stickers that enchantment to you?

I really like that they are a quick and uncomplicated way to get a information — or simply your identify — out there.

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

I commenced utilizing iwillnot in 2009. It was a statement of defiance and opposition. I did not like what was happening all-around me. I could not aid the course DC was taking, specially in conditions of its gentrification. And I wasn’t satisfied with the way my neighborhood was evolving in the identify of renovation and growth.

You had been pasting, accumulating and buying and selling stickers for various decades before you conceived of curating your initially Avenue Sticker EXPO at The Fridge DC. What enthusiastic you to launch this sort of a massive project?

It was a normal progression. I, myself, already had amassed a substantial selection, and I knew numerous lively sticker artists out there. It was a way to share the artwork kind that I enjoy with so several many others and to introduce these artists to a wider viewers. Also, the streets in DC had develop into much less hospitable to stickers.

How did you in the beginning get the phrase out?  Around a thousand artists have participated in your Sticker Expos.

At to start with it was largely term-of-mouth. We were being a quite limited team, Skam, RWK, V0xx Romana…and additional. And social media, primarily Instagram and my web page, are crucial to finding the phrase out.

Your most new Avenue Sticker EXPO took position for the duration of the pandemic. Did that present any distinctive issues?

Sure. It was stressful. Among the the challenges was acquiring and opening packages of stickers though we were all involved with turning out to be infected with COVID-19…Just storing the boxes until we opened them was problematic!

Your 2nd book, Unsmashed, features about 1200 colored photos of stand-on your own stickers from artists throughout the world. How did you select which stickers to include things like? 

I took a person sticker from every pack that I experienced received for the 2020 Expo. Each individual of these stickers was then photographed by fellow sticker artist Cheer Up, who also did the structure and design for the ebook.  It developed into the great industry guideline that can very easily join any person to the sticker art neighborhood.

Yes! It is best! What’s ahead?

SMASHED 2. is underway. It will deal with 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 reveals about the entire world.

What about EXPOs? Any forward?

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

Congratulations! I’m hunting ahead to that!

Be aware: Be guaranteed to verify out iwillnot’s site to invest in his guides and assorted goods. And if you’d like to get a totally free sticker pack, fill out the variety on this webpage!

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