Sticker Stories: The World Cup

I grew up in a sports town – mostly football, but also hockey, and a baseball team that didn’t have a winning season the whole time I was growing up – but I was never into soccer. I even lived near a park where tons of kids would flock to play soccer every Saturday. When my mom asked if I wanted to play, my response was “meh.” My younger self was a hipster for sure. (I did play basketball, though.)

So if you had told me a year or two ago that I’d be stoked for the World Cup, I would have been skeptical. I remember watching some games at a bar the last time it happened, and the whole thing was well, foreign to me. But that’s one of the things I love about soccer now – it truly is a global sport, and America really needs to get with it.

World Cup soccer FIFA sticker

World Cup sticker

Admittedly most of my knowledge of soccer comes from Netflix’s hilarious Club de Cuervos, but my newfound fondness for the sport comes from someone else I’m quite fond of – my boyfriend. (Getting into sports for a guy? I’m such a cliche.) He watches games and commentary even more than I watch the Food Network, and that’s saying something. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy seeing people enjoy things. And I’m  a curious person, so I wanted to see if I would enjoy it too.

I’ve always loved how sports can bring people together, and the communities surrounding soccer teams are straight up impressive. The energy level the fans maintain throughout the game rivals the players sometimes. So my World Cup sticker is my little tribute to this great sport and the culture around it. Yes, my stickers are first and foremost fun little doodles, but just know that they’re made with love, too.

In the Beginning

Vintage cameras. That’s the last thing I remember before I decided I wanted to make stickers.  When I first started, my friends and family asked how I got the idea (you know, besides being inspired by the million cool stickers already out in the world), and all I could say was, “well I was at work one day looking at cameras on Etsy and then…?”

Something about the art, the process, must have clicked with my brain. I had already been dabbling in digital art for a while and had even printed a few things out on my Little Printer That Could. Realizing all I needed was sticker paper, I did a little research (and am still doing it today) and ordered some Avery paper. Then of course I took it to the group chat – what kind of stickers would my friends want? Unicorns were a popular answer, so I drew my Winking Unicorn, printed it, and cut it out.

Unicorn Sticker

I was so EXCITED. Sure I was lucky that it turned out well on the first try, but.. Something that I could take from an idea to a tangible result on my own? An outlet for amateur doodles besides the endless hashtag void? A potential ~side hustle, even? Yes yes yes. “Stickers are exactly what I needed” is a funny sentence, but it’s true for me.

Eventually, I felt ready to open my shop, and talk about the whole experience on the internet, so that’s what brings me before you today. Not only do I love documenting things for my own personal amusement, but I hope that reading about my experiences can help other handmade sellers, sticker makers, and artists. So get ready for everything from product tests to social media woes to visual envy – I mean inspiration. And thanks for reading. Really.