Sticker Graffiti Art

At church on Sunday, there was a truck in the parking lot that had a vinyl shark sticker on the back window. It was just like the shark sticker street art I posted two weeks ago for Graffiti Wednesday. I didn’t have my camera with me so I missed getting a picture of it.

Sticker Graffiti Art

In case you’re unfamiliar with sticker art, it is a form of graffiti. It’s sometimes referred to as sticker bombing, and is a form of guerrilla art. Most of the stickers used are self-adhesive, but some are applied using a technique known as wheat-pasting.

Two nights ago, I discovered a sticker bomb of the whimsical sharks. They’re on a rusted rain gutter in the back of a local art gallery located in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley.

Sticker Bomb of Colorful Sharks at the Flaming Lips Art Gallery, The Womb
Colorful Shark Stickers

Each of the sharks seems to have a different personality. And, really, I’m only guessing that these are sharks. Anyone have a different opinion?

Small stickers of sharks represent a sticker bomb in Oklahoma City
Small stickers of sharks represent a sticker bomb in Oklahoma City

The sharks remind me of tadpoles. They start out small at the bottom of the rain gutter and the higher up the gutter they go the bigger they get. I wonder if this graduation means something?

Giant sticker of a shark is part of a sticker bomb, a form of graffiti
Giant sticker of a shark is part of a sticker bomb, a form of graffiti

I wonder if the sharks represent children growing up? This is what I love about art. We bring to it our own life experiences and apply meaning accordingly.

Hot pink shark is part of a sticker bomb at the Flaming Lips gallery in OKC
Hot pink shark is part of a sticker bomb at the Flaming Lips gallery in OKC

Like the vinyl stickers, sometimes, the meanings don’t stick. The fact we’re making an effort to make sense of our world and lives is the important thing. I think art, whether it’s a sticker bomb, graffiti or a world-famous exhibit of impressionism.

All of the sharks seem to have a different personality. This hot pink sticker is showing his fangy shark teeth.

Sticker Bomb Shark
Sticker Bomb Shark

The sharks appear in all different colors including black, gold and silver (mirror). They’re also drawn with different facial expressions.

Sticker Bomb features a green shark
Green Shark

All the different textures and features on the back of the building — from the rusted rain gutter to the new chains and old brick — complement this fun street art exhibit.

Brick warehouse art gallery features a sticker bomb of sharks
Brick warehouse art gallery features a sticker bomb of sharks

I dig it.

Gold Shark with Braces Sticker
Gold Shark with Braces Sticker

This sticker is one of the reasons I wonder if the sharks represent children growing up. This gold shark is wearing braces. The large shark vinyl at the very top has straight teeth.

Graffiti Stickers on a light pole
Graffiti Stickers on a light pole

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m really wanting to see a yarn bomb. Don’t want to bad enough to drive to Bartlesville though.

    Love your stickers. Very, very cool. The eyes creep me out a little bit though.

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