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New Lows in Lompoc hosts sticker art show for one night only


Most people walk right by them, but they’re there. Stickers cling to street corners, signs, lampposts, utility boxes, and just about anywhere else you can imagine.

Adhesive Assault features a massive collection of sticker art showing for one night only at New Lows in Lompoc on Oct. 8.

We’re not talking your everyday, gold star for a good grade sticker; we’re talking colorful, evocative, graffiti-inspired, sometimes-graphic stickers. It’s an art form linked to the skateboarding and punk rock subculture, but one that has also transcended its origins.

New Lows in Lompoc will host a one-night-only showcase of sticker art created by artists from around the world, as well as some locally based artists. The show, titled Adhesive Assault: A Showcase of Sticker Art, will display an extensive collection of different stickers, from mass-produced to hand-drawn, explained the show’s curator and artist Cleveland Rewind (for simplicity’s sake, we’ll just call him Cleveland).

“Stickers as art, it’s really cheap. [They’re] easy to make, and mass produce,” Cleveland said. “It’s a thing that gets a lot of artwork into people’s hands without spending a lot of money and time-intensive work, as opposed to an art piece that can take 40 hours to make.”

Sticker art is largely an expression of an urban, underground culture of creativity, explained Adhesive Assault curator Cleveland Rewind.

And Cleveland sure has a lot of stickers in his hands. He let out the word online that he was curating a sticker art show a few months ago and has received a massive influx of contributions. He has heard from artists from up and down the state, across the country, and even as far away as Indonesia.

Sticker art is a medium that transcends country and creed because of its simplicity and expression, Cleveland explained.

“A lot of people collect stickers, and I feel like a lot of it came down from the ’80s with the Garbage Pail Kids and the trading cards,” he said. “And everybody has them, so with bands and brands, it’s a way of showing support for people and things that you like.”

Some artists will create sticker art on the spot at the Adhesive Assault show, while some will bring already prepared stickers to show.

Cleveland has put plenty of effort into making Adhesive Assault a fitting tribute to the spontaneous presentations of sticker art. He collected some unwanted utility boxes, newspaper boxes, and signs, arranged as if on a city street. This is how stickers are meant to be shared, he explained, as little accents to our urban world.

The urban scene will appear relatively blank at first, and visiting artists will deck them out throughout the night, Cleveland said. Some of these local artists include Arrexskulls, Drewotr, Enkor, Kruel, Davidicon, Skullandcrossfaders, and Undeadinvasion, who will contribute to the urban wall scene as well as create unique stickers live. There will also be stickers for sale, some stickers for free, and some larger pieces for sale. 

Make it out
New Lows hosts Adhesive Assault: A Showcase of Sticker Art for one night on Oct. 8 from 4 to 11 p.m. All ages are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m., and only 21 and older after 8 p.m. The show is curated by Cleveland Rewind, and will feature interactive exhibits, a large mural-sized showcase of stickers, and artists creating stickers live. New Lows is located at 104 W. Ocean Ave., Lompoc. More info: 741-7982 or

“I really wanted to give these artists something that is tangible, something that everybody sees but that nobody really looks at, and display it in a different way,” Cleveland said. “It’s the idea of creating this one, solid piece, highlighting the subculture, and giving it something else that I haven’t seen at one of these shows.” 

Arts Editor Joe Payne always wants to see something new. Contact him at

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