I have always been something of a hoarder. As a tiny child I had my own desk in the spare room, a magical sanctuary away from the room I shared with my brother. In its drawers I accumulated collections of erasers, stickers, writing paper and shiny 20 pence pieces from the tooth fairy. When my cousin came to stay, I insisted we play a game of 'post office', which involved pretending to sell the contents of my desk to one another.
As adulthood loomed, the contents of that desk were mostly neglected, the sticker collection being the part which survived the best. However, it was seriously harmed by the lack of decent stickers available in York and the fact that, when I did find some, I often stuck them on things quicker than I could replace them.
Times have changed. Not only do I now have the option of buying pointless things on the internet, but even high street shops like Paperchase are shaping up to sell some pretty nifty stickers. But this obsession really gained momentum during my time living in Taiwan. Yes, I have mentioned the stationery shops of Taiwan before, and no doubt I will again. Forget Stationery Box. Forget Rymans and WH Smith. How much of their stationery is adorned with impossibly cute creatures, inanimate objects with faces and nonsensical English with a nevertheless overwhelmingly positive message?
I love these guys
Luckily I still have friends in the Far East kind enough to send me stickers. I have also bought a few on the internet and in the few decent stationery shops around these parts and have recently been forced to relocate my sticker collection to a larger tin.
Incredibly girly new tin/carry case
The best of my stickers bought in the UK
As if this wasn't all nerdy enough, I also bought a sticker album in Taiwan in which I keep the ones I like the most and which I'll never be able to replace. The book has illustrations on most of the pages so it's nice to look through even though I haven't actually put many stickers in it yet.
Stickers from a Japanese photobooth I visited with my friends
This is the web version of classic cut'n'paste fanzine Ghost in the Machine (art/lies/culture/truth). It features different, web-only content.
The production of the actual zine has slowed down after the first issue as I spent over a year living in Taiwan then doing a load of other hectic stuff, but am now working on putting together issue #2! I have some great contributors and am very excited. Those wishing to obtain a copy of #1 or contribute to #2, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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