I love to bring characters into the world which have a distinct personality and whose faces reflect their inner feelings. According to the shown feelings I carefully choose them and put them next to other artists stickers, paste-ups, stencils or graffiti in order to react to them. Sometimes I also interact with advertising posters or the surroundings. It’s great fun and only the interaction makes my art complete and satisfying.
In 2013 I began to develop serious interest for street art and started taking pictures. In 2014 I came into contact with the Danish artist TEJN which set in motion a chain of events finally leading to me becoming StickermaidBerlin.
Back in school I loved drawing and wasn’t too bad but after leaving school I stopped for no reason. In 2016 I began to draw again, made my first stickers and was very excited to paste the first pieces on Berlin’s walls.
They are easy to handle. I can always take along lots of different stickers in different sizes. Since I react to what I find, I am always prepared when an opportunity arises and I see a good place for one of my stickers. Also important – I won’t get into serious trouble if I am caught in the act.
I was on a sticker fair talking to an artist I know and who had a sales booth there. A guy recognized his stickers and was over the moon to see him in person. He was like “Wow, that’s fantastic to meet you. I love your stickers so much. I have a big collection at home and whenever I find a new one in the street I am so happy. It’s like a scavenger hunt. So cool to see you.”
You have to know that this artist hates people from the bottom of his heart who remove stickers and take them along. Normally he has a lot of different swearwords for them. But this guy was so enthusiastic and had not the slightest idea that something could be wrong with what he’s doing. So the artist surrendered to the enthusiasm of his fan and just took on the expression of a man who had just bitten into a lemon. It was really funny, I had problems to stifle my laughter.
Yeah, stickers are so sub that most folks don’t even see them. They are too small, people just miss them. Once they notice that they are surrounded by stickers they start to actually see them all the time and how very good some of them are and then – wham! – they are no longer sub but culture.
Yes, it is art respectively the reproduction of art in case of printed stickers. Usually I just want to communicate with others or the surrounding but at times I do stickers for a good cause, for example against the Brexit and for the European Union.
Yes, I always have lots of new ideas, problem is, there is never enough time to put all these ideas into action.
The most distant place I have been to put up my stickers is Cyprus. But my stickers are all over the world, friends take them along, I change stickers with other artists or send them to people I know through social media. I have a lot of photos with my stickers pasted by others in all continents besides Antarctica. But I have to admit that I want to see them in much more far away countries. I love to see them in places I have never been myself, it feels a bit as if I am there.
Yes… think twice before you put up your stickers, show respect to other people’s stuff and feelings and paste them with good judgement.
Yes, the before mentioned Danish artist TEJN who is not only a fantastic artist but also a lovely person. From him I have learned, that street art isn’t forever and there is no reason to make a fuss over stolen stickers… I really don’t… I am a good student.
My friend Mesiasoners, a unique Berlin sticker artist who has taught and still teaches me a lot of important things. And with whom I constantly fight over the best place for our stickers – high above ground where nobody can reach (and see) them or at eye height, where they are easy to see, to photograph and to remove. Guess who likes to put them at eye height?
I would very much like to thank TEJN for his kindness and awesome generosity with which he indeed has changed my life, lovely EmmanBerlin, who always supports my ambitions and is forever ready for anything and last, but not least the great Rubinski who is the amazing voodoo master of sticker collabs and whom I thank for recommending me for this interview.