The name first came about 14 years back now. I’d picked up a super baggy tie-dye hoodie (Hell of a find) from a charity shop to skate in, it had ‘NEVADA STATE UNIVERSITY’ in badly sewn-on letters across the back so I picked them off and put ‘NEVER A SIR’ on in it’s place after hours past thinking of something that sounded cool!
So, the ‘origin’ sucks but the name stuck with me through my angsty teens, scribbled on anything I owned, used as a pseudonym for everything I made and eventually it ended up in a hardcore song called ‘Never a Servant, Never a Sir’.
now the song sucked even more than the origin but it’s meaning stayed with me for years – you are no better or worse than the next man.
While hanging round skate shops and gigs in my hometown I noticed more and more stickers and pastes that weren’t linked to a brand, a venue or a band popping up and started to obsess over what they were about. After seeing stickers all over the country, I finally started getting my own up in 2011.
Show me a person that doesn’t like stickers? From a young age as kids we’re almost instantly into stickers from magazines, sticker books, decals on toys.
Even people who roll their eyes at someone putting stickers up on the streets still curiously look at them once they’ve gone.
Stickers still hold that mystery of ‘what’s it all about?’ that got me fascinated with them in the first place.
Same scrapes and brushes as everyone else really, these days I get more hassle from your weekend hardman than the law.
I guess stickers specifically are a subculture within a subculture, it has it’s own separate community inside of street art and illustrative graffiti because you have folks who solely produce, trade and collaborate on stickers now.
I love how each city seems to have it’s own tight sticker community and you can spot it’s members from just walking around different spots.
I’ve seen this debate go on for years. Art? tagging? graphic design? advertising? To me, it all depends on each person’s intention and style. My version is a straight 50/50 split between art and design to me, coming from a graphics background most of my printed stickers have a logo feel to them almost like branding with repeated motifs but art sensibilities stop using the same design or style for too long. There’s multiple versions of multiples characters for a lot of my hand drawn stuff.
Moon Ape (originally named Ape Lord) started as a tongue-in-cheek dig at the Christian visual of an omnipotent Deity, portrayed as a bearded old man. Humanising the infallible, the ultimate example of narcissism.
I really like looking at the funny side of the Human Condition.
Always making up new stuff but i’ve got a bunch of ideas for some Miami Vice style designs for a trip to Florida coming up and working on putting together a show soon hopefully.
They go everywhere I go! I don’t think there’s anywhere I’ve been in the last five years that hasn’t had stickers put up. The furthest is Australia. I’d love get one in an important time capsule just to mess with future historians.
Do it completely your own way, some people like meeting up with their local community, so like going it alone but if you want to get deep into this then be ready to put the effort, the money and the time in.
Remember that what you’re doing won’t be to everyone’s taste. ‘It’s art’ won’t always be a valid excuse for people so keep safe.
Try not to get bogged down with competing or comparing methods and styles with others in the scene, your own stuff will stand out far more than you first think.
Most of all, enjoy your self!
The day this stops being fun for me is the day I pack it in.
A ton of people have inspired me. locally from the early days Tempo 33, Liskbot and Angry Face then folks like Obit, Arrex, D7606, Voxxromano the list goes on mate!
I’m going to call Smile up to the stand because i see that guy´s infectius grin all over Europe and every sticker show I enter, the dude is a machine!.
NEVER A SERVANT, NEVER A SIR!
Thanks to my loving Wife for putting up with this shit!
Thanks to all the artists I’ve seen over the years, keep it coming!
Thanks to anyone who’s ever supported me in my work!
Keep an eye out, there’s much more to come.