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Giant Sticker Art Show and Wu-Tang Coming to West Brighton

By Nicholas Rizzi | July 26, 2013 6:56am
Ink Monstr: Sticky Situation 2
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WEST BRIGHTON — It's a sticky situation for the Staten Island art scene.

The “Sticky Situation” art show, which started three years ago in Denver, will make its first venture outside of Colorado on Saturday — bringing giant art pieces, a DJ and performances by members of the Wu-Tang Clan to West Brighton.

The show,  which kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Richmond Hood Company on Castleton Avenue,  takes digital photos of artists’ work, turns them into stickers and puts them onto an outdoor wall, said Reed Silberman, CEO of organizer Ink Monstr, a print shop.

“It’s just our way of giving back to the community and letting people know we appreciate them,” said Silberman, 37, who grew up on Long Island. “Everybody in the neighborhood is pretty excited about it.”

Sixteen artists from the five boroughs, Colorado, and as far away as Japan, each created pieces that will go on the building next door to the Richmond Hood Company. The stickers, which are, on average, 4-feet-high by 3-feet-wide, are made from a textured surface wrap, and could last anywhere from three to five years depending on the weather, Silberman said.

Artists at the show will include Chris “Robots Will Kill” Chillemi, Mike Shane, Michael Coriano and more.

Aside from the stickers, the show will feature a DJ, live music from local hip-hop group the Rising Sun Allstars, tattoos from Milk & Honey Tattoo, and appearances from rappers Redman, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Consequence, and Shyheim the Rugged Child.

The idea to bring the show from Colorado to the East Coast started when Silberman did sticker work for Redman and met Richmond Hood Company owner Tariq Zaid.

“We just kind of hit it off and I pitched him this idea,” Silberman said. “I wanted to bring the art show to New York and they provided me with the resource and the event to do it.”

Silberman said he’s already planning to bring the show back to the Island next year — and wouldn't think of doing it anywhere else.

“It’s true that Staten Island doesn't get a lot of cool things,” Silberman said. “It’s got to start somewhere, someone's got to break the mold.”