At one time or another, almost every kid who rode BMX went through a sticker phase; some grew out of it quickly and some still haven’t outgrown it.I was definitely the sticker nerd out of my group of riding friends while growing up. Then again, Bob Scerbo had a “sticker box” too, and it easily rivaled mine. He would periodically check my collection for anything new when he came over to my house and we even went as far as to trade every now and again.
Although my enthusiasm for collecting the vinyl adhesive backs isn’t what it once was, I still have a sticker box to this day. I left my original box at my parents’ house, but since I’ve been working at Ride, it’s been quite easy to amass a new collection. While rummaging through the box the other day, I came across a few stickers that made me laugh and a few I just thought were cool. Below are a few of those I found.
I always thought that Steve Crandall did a really good job of conveying FBM’s image through their stickers. He also manages to do it in a funny way, which I think the examples above show quite well.
Even more funny stickers. I love how the Mike Ardelean sticker looks nothing like him. I always thought the guy on the bike had the face of a G.I Joe character. I have no idea what a donkey and Snafu have to do with each other; maybe they’re a bunch of jackasses? I got the chromosexuals sticker when I was in Massachusetts a few years ago and I only have one, so I could never bear to stick it on anything. Oh yes, and the Satan loves Losey sticker; I think John Paul Rogers made these, but it doesn’t even matter who made them, they’re funny.
Kink made these stickers as both a tribute to Joe Tiseo after his death and to help raise money for his family.
This was the first Animal sticker design. When I was younger I used to draw the flower from the cover of the Green Day album, Kerplunk, all over my books when I was in school. Although this flower looks nothing like it, I somehow got the idea from that. When Ralph Sinisi’s mom first saw the sticker she thought the flower was a shopping cart. Yeah, we didn’t see it either. And don’t listen to Bob Scerbo when he tells you I stole the flower drawing from him.
For those of you who might noot be aware of this (as it seems hardly anyone is), before Spike Jonze directed Being John Malcovich, the Girl skateboarding video, Yeah Right, music videos, and shot skateboarding photos, he rode BMX and shot photos for both Freestylin’ and GO. That’s right, Spike Jonze was a BMXer.
I always thought the Terrible One Team Sticker packs were a great idea. I think the little animal characters are cute and being able to customize their signs is fun too.