When I was a kid I used to collect stickers, just like any normal kid did. I loved my stickers, they were so important to me. I would literally carry my albums with me to school and back every day so that at lunch I could make some swopsies. These things were like pieces of sticky gold.
Now I loved all my stickers, I had fuzzy ones, glow in the dark ones, shiny ones, neon ones, ones that smelt like lemon when you scratched them (remember those?). I had material ones, glittery ones, big ones, puffy ones. I loved them all BUT my most favourite one was a puffy sticker of Garfield wearing a t-shirt that said Bad. Holy crap I loved this sticker. It used to sit on a page of it’s own and I wouldn’t swop it for anything. It was my pride and joy. I don’t know what it was about it but it meant the world to me. Ahaa.
Anyway yesterday I was cleaning out my passage cupboard and I came across 2 of my sticker books. They bought back such cool memories and when I held old Garfield in my hand I could still remember how happy this puffy piece of paper made me feel. I know this sounds weird, but it’s the truth.
Do some of you guys still have your sticker collections or are you reading this and thinking I’m as nuts as a bar of peanut brittle?
I also thought I would show you what I did with some of my wobbly eyed stickers for an exhibition a few years ago. I made a cooooo-lage out of them. I took some of most favourite ones from my album and then built a pattern all around of them.
I also made a few out of novelty erasers, novelty buttons and one out of some original band badges that I still had from when I was a kid. I wanted to make a badge one but realised I didn’t have enough pins, then Shane and I came across this crazy shop in Pretoria called Gabbie’s Disco that still had all sorts of things that were literally from the 80’s. Turn-up Micky Mosue jeans (we bought a pair, obviously), Reeboks, LA Gear, stone washed denims and jackets, coloured jeans. It was like you were in 1981 trying to decide what to spend your hard earned pocket money one. They had these pins too, which were exactly like the ones I had kept all these years. So I got to make a band pin coooo-lage and the only new band pin I popped in was a Desmond and The Tutus one, because they rule.