Manhattan is the world’s largest and most significant graffiti capital. Graffiti in Manhattan comprises of a wide range of methods. Artists use the methods they prefer or integrate various methods in their workflow.
Stickers and Paste Ups are to extremely well-known types of graffiti that have gained popularity over the last decades. There are several influential graffiti artists in New York, selling their art in exhibitions for huge sums of money. They disseminate photographs of their art all across the city as graffiti, enabling the onlookers to enjoy works that also appear in galleries and exhibitions.
This post is part of a series of posts about graffiti and street art in Manhattan
Stickers & Paste ups – Graffiti in Manhattan
Street art & Graffiti in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Street art & Graffiti in Bushwick Brooklyn – NYC
Street art & Graffiti in Little Italy – NYC
Artist: Tristan Eaton
Artist: Eduardo Kobra
Artist: DAIN NYC
Stickers & Paste ups are two similar techniques with the main features of both being easy and fast. These techniques allow artists to prepare the work in the studio and hang it on the wall while reducing the risk of being caught by the authorities as the gluing operation is simple and quick.
Graffiti paste ups
The graffiti artist draws, prepares or designs and prints the message on paper and pastes it on the street on the wall.
This technique allows for planning and precision that is difficult to achieve in a quick drawing on the street, but limited in the size of the piece.
The paper is glued to the wall with liquid glue brushed on the wall and the piece.
Another method allows you to cover areas quickly. The graffiti artist prepares the collection of stickers in advance as they consist of the messages he wants to convey and so it is relatively easy to distribute them throughout the city. Many graffiti artists choose to produce a large number of stickers and when they are in the field, they produce a shape / cloud of stickers that together create a uniform graphic language and a message from one. Similar to stickers, the designed stickers come from the printing house with glue on the back.