Saip is an orange creature. He wants to give the streets a lot of cosiness. Give the people a smile on their face when they go to work or do something in the city.
Sometimes he says what he don’t like about people and the way people think about each other. The biggest thing is that he wants to give people a smile on their face and make them happy.
I’m drawing already since I was a 7 or 8 years old child. So that is 10 years ago. As a young skateboarder I felt impressed by the HipHop-people. Most of them were street-artists, so I got in contact with graffiti and stickers.
I started designing stickers for almost a year now. It all started when I met some artists in a big town in the western part of The Netherlands( Rehf, Chiek071).
I really enjoyed their work and style. So I was very impressed what they did and how they’re doing their job. Then I started to draw some characters on labels and stuck them in and around my town. My first impression was kind of fun and thought I want to see my stickers in the whole city. Still this day I’ll make stickers and stick them in the streets.
I want something which was less severe than graffiti. After what happened with me and graffiti I decided to do be more laid back but still I wanted to show my characters to the world. So I started writing on stickers and labels.
I thought I actually liked it so much, and almost a year later I am still doing it. When the evening falls and everybody goes home after a long day at work. I’m going to attack the streets with stickers. I also do it at a normal daytime. It’s easy to remove the sticker from the paper.
So when I am walking or bicycle along a good spot I can stuck the sticker very quickly, no one engages with you when you do that. I can spend hours and hours at home on drawing stickers, and the next day they’re all stuck in a couple of seconds. That’s why I put stickers.
They’re a couple of funny things I’ve experienced. First of all I started I get recognized outside my hometown Leiden. I get a message from people who have seen my stickers in their city. I send my stickers to other sticker-artists around the world.
They paste my stickers in their country of city. I really like that to see my stickers in other countries. A post on Facebook showed one of my stickers in Thailand, so very cool! The other day I received a picture from a very huge billboard in Rotterdam with one of my stickers. It was shown for 24 hours at the outside of a shopping mall. I don’t know who organised this. But I am very proud of it.
In the 80’s of the 20th century graffiti started as an underground and an illegal activity. Nowadays graffiti is more or less integrated in “normal art”. But it’s still illegal, with big fines and a change for a criminal record.
To put my stickers somewhere is easier and quicker. If people don’t like my stickers they can easily remove it. Yes I do think it’s a subculture, none of my school mates and sport mates are involved. On the other hand I do have contacts all around the world with sticker-artists. It’s hard to say how big the subculture really is.
I think that there will never be an agreement about the fact that graffiti, stickers and street-artists will be considered as art.
Art is in the eye of the beholder so there will be always people who think this is art, but this is a minority.
I am busy with some new vinyl stickers designs. And changing my character and add details on it. I’ll make some shirts and hoodies with my name or character on it. In greater perspective I’ll probably change my education career, I think about going to go to a design academy. I’m still a young person, idea’s can still change.
Summer 2015 I was with my parents on a summer vacation to France. Of course I stuck many stickers in the city’s. The farthest place where I stuck some of my stickers was in the streets of Bourg en Bresse (France).
I trade a lot with sticker-artists or people how like to stick my stickers in there city. Sending stickers to different countries like Brazil, Thailand, USA, India or in my own country is something special for me. It makes me happy to see that other people have fun with my stickers or stickers from other artists.
I would like to see my stickers all over the world on all different continents. So I still searching for persons in Africa or Australia. One of my dreams in life is to travel to Bora Bora, very little island in the South Pacific Ocean. It would be weird to travel to the other side of the world and be confronted with one of my stickers.
Draw, draw, draw. Keep on drawing characters or your name. Practice, practice and practice. On paper, hardboard, wood, canvas. Keep it simple. Develop your own character. Try to get in contact with some local artists. Everyone started at the bottom and makes their own way to the top.
Chiek071, Rehf, Jimmy Granti.
I called Zachaire Brodson, sick artist from France.
A very big thanks to everyone who stuck my stickers in their neighbourhoods and streets. Shout-out to my friends Rehf and Chiek071 for supporting me.
Special thanks to my parents that they allow me to do this and supporting me. Thank you all for doing this. I hope that I’ve not forgotten anybody. Keep it simple and do what you want to do. I hope you smile when you recognize one of my stickers. Much love from Saip.