04. Zombie Art Squad

01. How would you define Zombie Art Squad?

Zombie Art Squad is loosely-knit artistic collective of the living dead, with a shared passion for public art and human rights.

02. How did all begin? How long have you been with this?

I have admired graffiti since childhood and started seriously painting public walls in 2001. I started uploading my art to flickr and in 2008, I discovered the world of street stickers. The more I saw of it, the more I wanted to be a part of it. Since childhood, I have been drawn to images or death, decay and angst, all of which flowed into my sticker art. I began trading stickers almost immediately, and have been fortunate to trade with most of my sticker heroes over the past decade.

03. Why do you attaching stickers?

I put up stickers to share ideas around this planet. Collectively, street stickers promote a global culture of kindness, trust, sharing, collaboration and public activism.

Individually, stickers are memetic viruses that burrow into our minds, transforming us and how we see the world; their power increases through repetition and placement. Study RAMMELLZEE’s Treatise on Gothic Panzerism for more details on how you can change this world with art.

I create zombie images as an act of solidarity with strugglers worldwide, and as a reminder of our ongoing existence to those who decide who lives or dies.

04. An interesting anecdote?

My art has reached the streets of at least 46 countries, most of which I will never be able to visit in person. One image that really stuck with me was sent to me on flickr (I have sadly forgotten who sent it), showing my art on a mailbox in the midst of an otherwise completely flattened village in Southeast Asia, recently devastated by a storm; the contrast was striking and made me deeply question my artistic purpose.

05. How do you see the sticker culture? Is there really subculture?

Almost all of the sticker artists I have met have been friendly, generous and socially progressive. In the sticker world, I have encountered very little of the egotism that one sometimes sees in other art forms. Sticker artists are misfits and nerds, generally shy and often emotionally disturbed. DB Burkeman’s Stickers: Stuck Up Pieces of Crap, does a good job of describing different sticker cultures.

06. Do you considerer this movement like an art? What do you try to transmit with this?

“Everything is art. Everything is politics.” – Ai Weiwei.

“Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” – Cesar A. Cruz

“The medium is the message.” – Marshall McLuhan

Stickers are repetitive, concise, destructible, accessible, affordable, democratic, engaging, challenging, and freedom-loving.

07. Anything new in mind?

I am always looking forward to the next sticker exhibition, and I strive to make art every day.

08. Farthest place where do you have gone? Where would you like see your stickers?

The furthest I have travelled from my birthplace is about 6640km, to Tallinn, Estonia, close to where my parents were born. My stickers have travelled even further. I would like to see more of my stickers in Africa and India, to exchange ideas with more of the artists who live there, but I haven’t yet found many sticker traders there.

09. Some advice for the people are beginning in this art?

If you are doing it, make sure you do it for a cause. Know your purpose. Consider your audience, and the environment. Make something you can be proud of and own it.
Study those you admire; reach out and connect with them.

10. Someone who had been a reference for you?

I follow 14,000 artists on social media and each one inspires me to some extent, but the efficient lines of Moebius & Bilal set the standard I strive for.

11. Whom would you offer next month?

I recommend feelings_boi because I have long admired their work around Toronto for great high-visibility placements and thoughtful philosophical artistic statements. I had a chance to meet them recently and it only confirmed my appreciation for their message and approach. A solid artist who deserves more recognition..

Do you have anyting to say? Greatings and thank you?

Thank you for promoting sticker art and for this opportunity to share my views. Cheers to PUA69, SLURG, GSWW, SSOSVA, TLD, Misfits & Nerdz, ZONE, PELT, GREYOWL & all sticker traders worldwide! Keep doing your thing!

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