Burnout: Sticker Wars
Last night Rattray alerted me to the fact that Ed Templeton and Jason Adams were engaged in some sort of sticker collection battle over mobile social media. I don't know if these two started the skirmish, but pretty soon grown men from around the world were digging out their old Airwalk boxes full of sticky-backed gold, sharing it proudly, often boastfully, along with the hashtag #stickerwars. It was on!
Ed's first shot fired. Not bad.
Soon he was showing his home-court advantage, holding aloft prizes unattainable to the nerds of the Midwest.
The Kid would not go down so easily. Multiple Nolders in alternate colorways!
A fuckin' sea of Phillips!!!
Gators. Several Gators.
I entered the fray in a manner typical for someone who knows they can't really compete - I attempted to change the contest. How about worst stickers??!!!
No offense to Brown, Webster or O'Dowd, but these are some heinous ones.
The Tempster fired back with a Godoy .... a STEVE Godoy.
Organized by artists, whatever. Ed had it in spades.
That was, until, a classicly-trained icon entered the arena. Lance Mountain's collection is legendary. Exhibit A - stickers from the fictitious Smash Skates from the movie Thrashin'.
This one is so old it they had to write 'decal' on it for those unfamiliar with the technology.
Tommy Guerrero has been training for this event his entire life - scrapbooks ready to go!
Multiple Ruffs, Pine Designs, he's got it all.
Pretty soon they were raining down like napalm. Can't even remember whose were whose anymore, so great was the reserve of firepower. Sure Grips!
Super insider shit!
Lance matched Ed's Schmelzer and raised him a McDonald's Safe Skater!
Lucero, only scratching the surface.
What were Cheaters? Wheels? Dolphin shorts? What?!!!
Autographed Faction Kinko's sticker.
Ransom's drowning in Mountains!
Not sure what the '87 backstage pass entitled you to but I hope there was at least pizza ... and Grigley access.
Another of my 'jacked posse' groupings
A Jason Adams Roskopp casserole!
My attempt at an 'all stars.' Find the spelling error and win a kick in the crotch, nerd!
I love this one too, Larry.
You gotta either know Steve Saiz or know someone who knew Steve Saiz to get this kinda gold!
Fuckin' Phillips graphic sticker??!!!
with Gullwing bracelet
It's hard to imagine that one of these dudes became a famous artist. Wait, is The Squeakquel considered 'art?'
more controversial than ever
Guaranteed to fuckin' suck, too!
A humble offering from Mike Santabarbara.
Yep, it doesn't get much nerdier than this -- pouring over sticky little pictures and sending photos of them back and forth to other adult males, giggling into the night. At the same time, I fuckin' love these stickers. I really do love them. Anybody got a Blender snake they'd trade for two Ron Allen chairs and a Gonz mermaid?
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