I have an unsubstantiated love for stickers. My first-grade teacher would spread all her stickers on a long table in the front of the classroom, and we students would get called up in small clumps to select one to place on our graded quizzes and tests. ONE?! As in ONE sticker?! I couldn’t think of something more preposterous. Even one sheet was something I couldn’t accept. I’d stand at the front of the room, tempted by all the glorious, cartoony fruits chirping punny, playful things like “Berry Nice!” and the scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers categorizing smells in the most appealing way possible, and I couldn’t choose. So I helped myself to all the full sticker sheets I could get away with and pranced back to my desk, giddy with glee. I was eventually found out and my teacher swooped in to snatch my stolen stickers away and scolded me in front of the class, but I admit I never felt bad about it—that’s how sure I was those stickers were meant to be mine.
Even now, I’ve even been holding onto a couple sheets of stickers since literally grade school, still waiting to use them perfectly. I know such a time will never come. No project is good enough for these stickers. I will probably have to be buried with them.
Meanwhile, Chad Gordon has no such qualms, finding lots of interesting ways to incorporate stickers into his art. Check out more of his work on his Instagram at http://instagram.com/chadgordon/.
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