Kitsch of the Moment: Where’s Rene?
If you liked my post on Rene Requiestas’ gargoyle last week, then you’ll want to get your hands on a Rene Requiestas sticker.
Created by artist/entrepreneur Paolo Icasas, the sticker costs P5 each and you can purchase them at his t-shirt store, Happy Days, 2/F Robinsons Place Manila. Paolo also gives them away free to his friends, such as—ahem—myself.
The sticker movement has been around before the dawn of internet and social networking. Remember when bumper stickers were hot in the ’90s? Remember when it was cool for gangs and underground artists to spread their messages through stickers? The sticker movement is still alive these days, although not as flourishing as it was in the ’90s.
We often forget that the stickers we see on notebooks, school lockers, college dorm rooms and street posts aren’t just forms of self-expression, brand promotion or vandalism. They’re ways of spreading positive messages, contrary to some of the negative implications we see in gangster movies and cop shows.
The message behind the Rene Requiestas sticker movement is simple: to pay homage to a Filipino pop culture icon and “to make people smile,” as artist Paolo Icasas would put it.
He produced 5,000 of these stickers in January, and there are about 3,000 left. I want to see how far Rene’s stickers would go. Send me a creative photo of your Rene sticker (kate.alvarez [at] gmail.com) and don’t forget to jot down your name, age, location, and blog/website. I’ll post the most creative photos in my next Rene Requiestas post. Just don’t get into trouble! My friend was chased by a cop after he was caught climbing an electric post in EDSA just to put his Rene sticker on it. Don’t worry; he outran the pot-bellied pulis.
If you don’t have a sticker yet, buy one at Happy Days, 2/F Robinsons Place Manila. And since I’m in a generous mood, I’ll send a dozen stickers to three katewashere.com readers. Just post a comment below, and the three most interesting comments win. I’ll snail mail a dozen stickers to your doorstep. Last day for posting a comment on this post is August 19, Friday.