Hazy Dayze started as my electronic music persona in my college years. I started off as a musician/producer but I decided to take a break from that. Now I found a new love for art and the sticker community as a whole, and eventually I would like to work on projects that combine both worlds.
I started dabbling in stickers in the winter of 2019 after being introduced to it by Whit the Misfit, who is also my fiancee (fun fact). It really took off for me though around January of 2020 after coming off of a rough year (little did I know that was just the pregame for 2020). After that I started using stickers as a form of personal expression, which I also find very therapeutic especially these days.
I love the idea of stickers because of how versatile they are. The very first stickers I made on my Instagram were digitally made using only a free iPhone app. I was able to make these on the go, which was perfect because I was commuting a lot at the time and couldn’t bring art supplies with me. After exploring the community more, I learned about drawing on 228 labels to collaborate with other artists which I find insanely cool. Imagine if Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were doing that. I’m also a huge fan of blank eggshell stickers, and all of the variations people make. Overall stickers are perfect for quickly spreading your art around cities, and when you engage in trades your art travels around the world. I’ve done trades all over, and it’s still wild to me that my art is on a dock somewhere in Ireland or in the streets of London. You can’t get that in any other medium.
When Whit and I moved to our small new town we didn’t see any stickers anywhere. We started putting some up here and there. We had to leave for a few months, but when we came back we saw a huge boom in stickers around town. There’s one artist in particular who showed up and really put his stickers up EVERYWHERE. We’re currently playing tag, pun not intended haha
Sticker culture is remarkably diverse. Due to the accessibility of it I think it gives anybody the chance to make any sort of art they would like and display it for the world. You see literally everything; graffiti tags, character illustrations, memes, political satire, pop culture, anything you could possibly think of. There are no rules to it. When you have that much freedom there’s literally no limit to the content and styles you see. With the community growing as much as it is I think subcultures are bound to grow. There are absolutely going to be cultural and regional influences that go into the art. Since trades are also a huge part of the culture, you get exposed to other artists’ styles which in turn pushes your style, especially when you collaborate with other artists.
I see the sticker culture as a subculture of graffiti, but in my opinion is it more easily accessible and much more welcoming than the graff scene.
I consider any form of personal expression art, including stickers. To me they’re art pieces that unbound by limitations. Art historically used to be critiqued and deemed good or not by judges who followed very strict rules. That’s how the art countercultures were formed, and those rulebreakers are the ones who paved the way for us to do what we do. We’re just passing the torch so to speak.
I’m currently having fun with poured paint pieces. I also want to start working on letters more to broaden my horizons since my background is more digital and illustrative.
The farthest place where you’ve gone? Where would you like to see your stickers? Why?
The farthest place my stickers have gone is Japan, which still blows my mind that my art is all the way over there. I would love to send stickers to Australia since I’ve always wanted to go there, but covid and their spiders keep me away for now.
Just let yourself have fun and don’t be afraid to try it. The community is very welcoming and supportive, and I’ve made some lifelong friends with people around the world doing this.
I’m inspired by my crew mates. They push my style to new heights just through their diversity. I’m also largely inspired by music. Oftentimes when working on a piece I have a particular song stuck in my head that drives the mood of my piece. Right now I’m inspired by Mac Miller and Logic’s music.
For the next interview I’m calling Elias Chapter. He’s one of my crewmates who’s always grinding on his pieces. He style definitely encompasses the sticker style with some graffiti influences. He’s also deadly with his thermal sticker designs.
Thank you so much for getting to know me and if you’re interested in making stickers, go for it! You only get one life, make it yours.