Brother in Sticker Art: JesseRobot / JesseRWK
Stickers in the street from: 1997
1 - Introduce your sticker art project
‘Baxley the Bad Brown Brag Bag’ is the name of my character. His grandfather and friends were members of a WWII rogue guerrilla group and they used bags to hide their faces. The day Baxley saw a picture of these war heroes, he wanted to fight evil as well and said to himself: ‘If such a small ‘Band of Brothers’ could conquer a big army, I could also make a difference today’. Further inspired by his favorite superhero ‘Batman’, he got himself a bag at the local grocery store, made two holes for eyesight and off he went into the night doing good... so the story goes but time will tell if all went well.
I also got another character that I use a lot. He's called ‘Nozzle’ and is just a few lines, easy to draw and very recognizable. It's good fun to transform him into a bot or droid. Further, there is my combat unit the ‘D-Bots’, heavily armed and operated by a droid (see collab with ChrisRWK) or sometimes a male / female pilot. The message behind my project: Keep it sticky !
The message behind my project: Stay sticky ! It is always good fun walking down a street whiles scanning all surfaces for sticky spots. Also discovering fresh stickers from new upcomers makes it worthwhile. As a kid I was fascinated by the classic Kung Fu Karate Sticker album. You had to collect them all and place them in the folder. The most trading I ever did between friends was to complete the one and only Bruce Lee sticker album. That’s what we still do but now in a different format and with befriended artists all over the world. Using stickers offers may possibilities for expression and it challenges you to adjust your image, keeping one alert and interested. For example, you really have to think about and process your iD, chose colors, level of detail, font etc. that fit the purpose and try to figure out how it will look on a small or large sticky piece or if it is even possible to use on a flat surface or drain pipe.
For make my stickers anything goes! I make originals, marker and vinyl - paper are a match made in heaven. They're easy, fast and low cost to make. Sometimes I use a stencil, but silk screening is a good way to make stickers because the ink on vinyl smells so good - it gives you a natural high, large quantities are no problem and they are weather proof, which is a bonus. I feel very honored to be in the books: IZASTIKUP and PEEL the Art of the Sticker (RWK crew).
2 - In what creative ways have you collaborated with other sticker artists?
As a member of the ‘Robots Will Kill’ (RWK) crew I've done a lot of collabs with the other members and especially with ChrisRWK (founder of RWK). He's the master in collabs and stuff. It's always good fun to open a goodie bag from New York! We mostly do those handmade drawn on a label 228 - those work the best! ChrisRWK and I also did a couple of silk-screened sticker collab designs to hand out all over the world. Some of the other collabs are with SNUB23, Street Grapes and 14BOLT,... All my collabs are equally imported to me. It’s about combining forces! Together we try to find the right balance, fill in the gaps and see how far we can go. The challenge is not to ‘overdo’ it, knowing when to say stop.
3 - Have you ever organized an event about sticker art? If not, you can write something about an event you have attended
Three friends and I organized one of the first street art-sticker art expo's in Ghent (Belgium) in 2004, called ‘Beyond the Streets’, which represented many local and international sticker artists. Due to its success, a second edition was held in 2006.
Over the years I've also participated in many sticker events organized worldwide.
4 - What are your future projects in the world of sticker art?
It's a never-ending story! We ongoingly plan events for the future and beyond. Let's stick together !
5 - What sticker artists do you admire or are important to you?
ChrisRWK, Bolt14, SNUB23, NOL, Luke Da Duke ,Lempke , Bo130, Billy Kid, Mike Die, VengRWK and many, many more...