(Remember when this sticker was all over New York?)
DB is what you call an “old-school-New Yorker”. Tried and true. A successful DJ among many crafts he’s dabbled in, DB has experienced the deep history within the city’s nightlife. There is also one more fact. Everyone loves DB. He’s been a mentor, participator, contributor, and enthusiast of New York’s street culture for as long as we can remember.
In all those years we never knew he was snagging stickers from the street. His monster collection is being published into a book. It includes mementos from punk bands, graffiti kids, skaters, political activists, and anything else plastered on a street pole since 1996. There is even a large section that focuses on non traditional sticker mediums, such as wheatpastes, tiles, mirror or anything else an artist chooses to work with that utilizes adhesive materials.
Here is a trailer for the infamous book called Stuck-Up Piece of Crap by DB Burkeman with Monica LoCascio. It’s due out Sept 14th, 2010 on Rizzoli books.
On the YouTube chat board, one of the readers wrote “its fun to watch it multiple times and pause the video randomly”. We couldn’t agree more. Go ahead, you know you want to…
The selection of stickers in this blog post are a few we fondly remember ourselves —some old friends, some companies that folded, some artists that soared past the streets and flourished into art galleries. These are just a tiny peek at what to expect… Entertainment Weekly called it “the bible of stickers” while Time Magazine eloquently said “Holy Fuck”.
So the moral of the story is… if you have an obsessive compulsive habit of collecting little irrelevant things like a pack rat, maybe one day you can publish a fine retrospective such as this one.. and encapsulate the history of a vibrant art, music, and skate movement at one fell swoop. And maybe one day, there will be a big bash thrown in your honor where everyone comes together to celebrate and get drunk over a beautiful body of work (hint: last night was the big party at The Standard, New York’s Le Bain to launch the book).