Speaking with DC-Based Artist, Author and Curator iwillnot

Speaking with DC-Based Artist, Author and Curator iwillnot

Wildly passionate and distinctly educated about about sticker artwork, DC-dependent iwillnot has published two celebrated textbooks and has curated five terribly remarkable expos on the concept. On my modern stop by to DC, I experienced the possibility to pose a number of questions to him and capture up a little bit:

Because you first released me to the DC street artwork sticker scene about 14 a long time back, your contributions to the tradition have been huge — expos, textbooks, giveaways and much more. What is it about stickers that appeal to you?

I like that they are a speedy and uncomplicated way to get a information — or basically your identify — out there.

Can you convey to us something about your title — “iwillnot?”  When did you get it? And why did you opt for it?

I started working with iwillnot in 2009. It was a statement of defiance and opposition. I didn’t like what was occurring all-around me. I could not support the path DC was taking, significantly in phrases of its gentrification. And I wasn’t pleased with the way my community was evolving in the identify of renovation and growth.

You experienced been pasting, gathering and trading stickers for numerous decades just before you conceived of curating your to start with Avenue Sticker EXPO at The Fridge DC. What enthusiastic you to start these a massive undertaking?

It was a organic progression. I, myself, now had amassed a substantial assortment, and I knew lots of energetic sticker artists out there. It was a way to share the artwork sort that I enjoy with so numerous others and to introduce these artists to a wider viewers. Also, the streets in DC experienced become a lot less hospitable to stickers.

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

At very first it was largely phrase-of-mouth. We were a really restricted group, Skam, RWK, V0xx Romana…and far more. And social media, predominantly Instagram and my web page, are crucial to acquiring the word out.

Your most latest Road Sticker EXPO took location for the duration of the pandemic. Did that existing any distinct troubles?

Sure. It was tense. Amid the challenges was acquiring and opening deals of stickers though we were being all involved with getting to be contaminated with COVID-19…Just storing the boxes right until we opened them was problematic!

Your next ebook, Unsmashed, features above 1200 coloured photographs of stand-on your own stickers from artists across the globe. How did you find which stickers to involve? 

I took just one sticker from each and every pack that I had acquired for the 2020 Expo. Each and every of these stickers was then photographed by fellow sticker artist Cheer Up, who also did the structure and design for the e-book.  It evolved into the ideal field manual that can simply hook up any individual to the sticker art local community.

Certainly! It is fantastic! What is in advance?

SMASHED 2. is underway. It will address the very last two EXPOs, the showings at the 2020 Outsider Art Reasonable and Tribeca Art Night in NYC, the execution of the collage portrait and the phenomenon of sticker displays all around the planet.

What about EXPOs? Any in advance?

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

Congratulations! I’m looking forward to that!

Notice: Be certain to check out iwillnot’s web site to order his books and assorted merchandise. And if you’d like to acquire a free of charge sticker pack, fill out the variety on this webpage!

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