The Sticker Dude is at once a state of mind, an avid graphic artist, poet, printer, editor and appropriationist, with a penchant for the generation of easily accessible, low cost art. He often distributes his creations -- stickers, memo pads, etc. -- compulsively and free of charge. Better at conceptualization, organizing, production and distributing than illustration or even writing original material, The Sticker Dude prefers collaboration with others.

A friend, Irving Wexler once remarked of The Sticker Dude, "Usually when people get upset it's more than enough to put their own room in order; Joel seems compelled to put the whole country in order."

Always in the back of his mind is a constant challenge to the corporate dominance of the status quo, and the unlimited possibilities of human transformation.

Which puts The Sticker Dude in mind of inspirational words from Robert Hunter:

Some come to laugh their past away
Some come to make it just one more day
Whichever way your pleasure tends
If you plant ice you're gonna harvest wind
-lyrics from Franklin's Tower
© 1975 Ice Nine Publishing Co. Inc.
Reprinted with permission

The concept of this Sticker Dude was born in 1989 in the parking lot on the second night of a Nassau Coliseum gig of a Grateful Dead Fall Tour. After he released "We Are Everywhere," his first Grateful Dead Sticker the night before, the word spread rapidly. Deadheads came running after him yelling, "Yo Sticker Dude, gimme some of them stickers." It was on that evening that his identity was cast.

Of course, the story of how the Grateful Dead inspired The Sticker Dude starts much earlier... for instance:

Went to see the captain
strangest I could find
Laid my proposition down
Laid it on the line;
I won't slave for beggar's pay
likewise gold and jewels
but I would slave to learn the way
to Sink your Ship of Fools
-Robert Hunter, lyrics from Ship of Fools
©1976 Ice Nine Publishing Co. Inc. Reprinted with permission

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