stickers by andres
Something to challenge complacency and spread some zombie love, one hapless con$umer to another; unable to stop feeding, even as it kills us all...

I have sent stickers to more than 45 countries, including: Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, America, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Germany, Hawaii, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Wales ...

I love to trade. Hit me up.

Most of my stickers are individual blockprints/monoprints on adhesive vinyl, using either speedball oil-basic printing ink or speedball water-based, heat-set screenprinting fabric ink.

The first ink makes for more opaque, crisp, clean prints that unfortunately release acetone (which destroys my nervous system) as they dry over 3-5 days. So they look good in the short term, but sometimes the ink flakes off the vinyl.

The second ink dries quickly and releases no fumes I can sense, and is permanent when posted on a hot surface, with the downside that until baked on, it easily wipes off and sometimes is repelled by, and beads up on vinyl.

I have often debated using more toxic/permanent inks, but for now I farm that work out to private sector professionals. The ethical struggle over which materials to use is deep and painful, attempting to justify long-term environmental costs with short-term needs like joy and sanity.

No matter how I do it, printmaking produces garbage, some of it poisonous, and some very long-lasting. I look at this pollution as shell casings, some of which can be reused or repurposed, but some of which will endure as food for some weird futuristic microbes. Generally, for me, the scale tips towards the merits of enduring messages over most environmental costs, but that debate continues.

Zombies embody this struggle, between an all-consuming hunger and its resulting devastation. They emerged as a central theme in my work since 2008. Tens of thousands of them have been sent forth around this planet, to lurk in street corners & alleys, on dressers, bikes, and cellphones, from storm-ravaged Philippines to to the streets of Sao Paulo & St Petersburg. They rage with searing angst, yet always accept other zombies, no matter how damaged. My kind of people, except I'm mostly vegetarian.
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