Frequently Asked Questions
Is the set of 40 random stickers (the $20 pledge level) likely to include at least one or two of each of the 14 stickers in the campaign?
We will first fulfill all the custom orders first, then the full set orders and afterwards siphon out the rest to the random sticker packs. We will most likely be able to include at least one or two of each but there is no guarantee!Last updated:
We weren’t able to reach or receive direct permission from the families because of the amount of press and media that has surrounded them. However, I see this project similarly as a group creating t-shirts with the names of a victim, or groups carrying signs in a demonstration donning posters of artworks of the names. These names are of very powerful figures who are going down in history because of what they now represent and we need to scream their names so they aren’t forgotten. As artists we do ask for our creative liberties and these stickers are just another contribution to the canon, and a part of something much greater.Last updated:
This project is also STRICTLY not for profit, the money we are raising will go directly to the stickers that are being produced and for the talent of the artists and each artist is receiving a small stipend for their contribution. Over the past two weeks I’ve been discussing with numerous sticker production companies about this project to find a company that would provide us with the steepest discount to maximize the amount of stickers we can produce who also proudly supports and aligns with the values of this project. We are distributing highly durable and laminated stickers for 25 cents - $1 each (depending on the reward level that the backer chooses) which is up to 80% off how much an artist regularly charges for a sticker design.
Find more about the company we are working with, who is proudly supporting this project and learn about our sticker quality or how to make your own stickers at www.stickeryou.com (Thanks again StickerYou for being awesome!)Last updated:
I feel like this project seeks to make beautiful branding out of black trauma and creating decorative "merch" but, isn't critically pointing to a problem.
These statements are all extremely valid and our team has definitely thought about how to approach this project without seeming like we are commodifying this movement.
The project sprouted from the purest of intentions. After hearing about the Alton Sterling shooting, I was in a state of shock for the first few days and didn't know what to do. I felt like this was the only way I knew how to respond. To truly bring the #saytheirnames movement to the forefront, you have to engage with all walks of people, especially those who aren’t familiar with the names. It had to be brought offline and to the streets.
All of the artists involved in this project are POC and a majority of them are students or alumni from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Several of them are affiliated or involved with organizations and collectives that create work solely about black identity, asian identity, gender identity and equality. They are all very passionate about the work they create and very aware of the ever present issue of appropriating themes of black identity, anti-blackness, and black trauma, not just in the art world but society in general.
With this project we also aren’t asking for recognition or anything in return. After the kickstarter campaign ends, the stickers will live on but we aren’t looking for attribution once they are out in the world. This project also isn’t asking for an institutional critique, it is a project put together by a group who just really felt like this is the only way we could increase visibility for the names and push the #saytheirname movement into the real world.
I understand how these stickers can be seen as “merch” but we really hope that people can see that there is so much more that these stickers are doing and it’s a part of a greater movement. And I understand how this isn’t critically pointing to a problem but this project isn’t aiming to encapsulate and fix anything but serves to bring awareness to the movement and the names of these individuals. They are trying to play a small part in an even greater movement.Last updated:
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