Stickers are kind of a big deal here at Frisco Fun & Formal. In fact, by volume we sell more stickers than any other category.
I have a weird relationship with stickers. As a kid I would collect stickers and then I would never stick them on anything. Which is kind of funny because by definition, the point of stickers is to stick them on things. I’m not sure what my hangup was back then, but it seems to have carried over into adulthood. Although I don’t exactly collect stickers anymore, whenever I get one, I never do anything with it. For instance, I have never once put a sticker on my car. All the normal things people generally put stickers onto—laptops, helmets, coolers—I would never even consider. Years ago I somehow did manage to put two stickers on my snowboard, but that’s about it.
Then something happened that convinced me I needed to make a change and overcome my aversion to putting stickers on things. About a year ago, I got a new car. It’s a black Subaru Outback. So, now my car looks like roughly half the other cars in any given Colorado parking lot. I need something to help me identify my car, and stickers are an obvious choice. Then, after I recently visited the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, California and got the awesome yellow bumper sticker I have always wanted, I decided it’s time to make this happen.
However, putting stickers on my car seems like an awfully big, permanent commitment, something I need to work my way up to. (You can see now why I have never gotten a tattoo.) So, I decided to start with some smaller, baby steps.
First, I put a small wood sticker of a sea turtle on my phone case. (I love sea turtles, so I decided to carry these in the shop. I do stuff like that sometimes, just because I can.) Wood stickers from Dust City are awesome and have a VERY strong adhesive and a protective coating. You can put one on your car (and I plan to, eventually!) and it will withstand even our harsh Colorado winters.
Next, I decided to go really crazy and put stickers ON A STICKER DISPLAY. This is basically what everyone in the world does when they have a sticker display in their shop, yet for years my Steamboat Sticker display has had two bare wood surfaces just begging to be covered with stickers. So I psyched myself up and started peeling the backs off stickers and STICKING THEM TO A THING.
It was liberating. Magical. I felt like finally, on a deep and meaningful level, I understood the true purpose of stickers.
The next day I came to work motivated to find another sticker-worthy surface. As it happened, I also needed to place an order with Grasshopper’s Mermaid, a local company with some of the coolest designs I’ve ever seen. So, I had the stickers laid out on the counter next to my laptop and…wait…my laptop.
Now I’m feeling ready to move on to the final step in conquering my sticker phobia. The car. There’s only one problem—my car is filthy right now. I will update this post when I have actual bumper stickers on my car!