The Most Famous Stickers of All Time

Every sticker has a story, and some even become ingrained as cultural symbols or reminders of our childhood.

In this blog, we’ll highlight 4 of the most famous stickers and reveal the story behind them.

Many more stickers could have made this list, but we’ve chosen our favorites.

1. ‘I voted’ Sticker

The first thing that pops into your mind when you think about stickers is probably not politics. However, this sticker has its firm place in the political consciousness of many voters throughout the United States of America.

Its origin is somewhat mysterious but dates back to the 1980s. It was mentioned by a Miami newspaper in 1982, reporting on shop owners who offered discounts for people wearing this sticker.

Janet Boudreau, who redesigned the sticker five years later, speaks of the power of the sticker, reminding people to vote. ‘I voted’ stickers recreate the feeling of a community of voters – pretty powerful for a simple sticker!

I voted stickers on a roll

2. Santa Cruz’ Screaming Hand

If you are a skater or into skate culture, you’ll be familiar with this legendary sticker.

Created by Jim Phillips in 1985, it has become one of the most timeless designs. Santa Cruz describe it as “‘The Scream’, Edvard Munch’s famous expressionist painting, for the skateboarding community” (Source).

Screaming hand logo sticker on table

Jim’s very own hands sparked this idea. As an artist, he used his hands to express himself. A screaming hand amplifies the power of artistic expression and comes to stand for an entire subculture.

3. Chiquita Sticker

Close up of the Chiquita banana logo

If you need to name a brand of bananas, chances are Chiquita will be the first (and probably only) to come to your head! This demonstrates perfectly the power of stickers.

The US-based business was the first to brand a banana back in 1963. Today, not only its name but brand colors are known worldwide and immediately associated with the fruit.

The company still celebrates its stickers by offering limited edition campaigns or design contests. This is a true gift that keeps on giving.

4. ‘Hello my name is’ Sticker

Possibly one of the most well-known stickers of all time. Created in 1959 by C-Line Products, it has quickly become an inherent part of conventions and exhibitions.

It is brilliant in its simplicity, and the white space has been used in cultural production. Especially graffiti and street art culture played a huge part in making this particular sticker iconic. It was and still is, mainly used as a tagging symbol, and that means it functions to mark or invade other artists’ turf.

Through this, the ‘Hello my name is’ sticker has been exposed to hundreds of people outside formally organized events.

A lady putting a hello my name is sticker on her tshirt

You probably recognized most of these stickers. Isn’t it amazing how a small piece of paper or vinyl can have such a large impact? Make sure to not sleep on the power of stickers and make them work for you!

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