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What is Sticker Bombing?

By David Willis © 2019

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A form of street art

Sticker bombing (also known as sticker art, or sticker slapping) is where stickers are used to cover a surface and in doing so to create a form of art, or to promote a certain message. Sticker bombing is a form of graffiti art.

A common form of sticker bombing involves covering the whole or part of a vehicle in an assortment of colourful adhesive vinyl stickers. The persons who perform sticker bombing are known as sticker artists. These artists tend to use free promotional stickers, sticker giveaways, and extras requested from sticker printing companies, in order to perform their work.

full colour vinyl stickers used in sticker bombing

In the United Kingdom, sticker bombing cars is becoming increasingly popular with custom car enthusiasts, eager to stand out from the crowd.

Although some artists use home-printed labels, produced from a low-cost label printer, these labels are often of a poor quality and do not last outdoors in poor weather conditions. If sticker bombing is to be successful a good quality vinyl sticker needs to be used. Self-adhesive vinyl is waterproof and has properties that allow stickers to endure extreme hot and cold temperatures. Screen printed vinyl stickers and laminated digitally printed stickers also have scratch proof qualities ensuring longevity to the sticker bomb project.

assortment of stickers for sticker bombing

As well as vehicles, it is common to sticker bomb skateboards, racing helmets, skis, snowboards, laptops and trailers.

Give it a try

My advice on sticker bombing is, if you are considering it for the first time, start small. Most artists that begin sticker bombing for the first time underestimate the amount of stickers you need to cover a surface. Get practice by sticker bombing a skateboard before covering your car, for example. With experience you will be able to better work with vinyl, understand its properties and know what it can and cannot do. Sticker bombing can be fun, but it also can be time consuming, so give yourself enough time and don’t rush it!

David Willis
David Willis
This article was written by David Willis, a print entrepreneur and respected industry expert.

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