Considering the Thai propensity for elaborately embellished surfaces on traditional architecture and decorative arts, it should come as no surprise that stickers can be found plastered on everything from taxis to concrete city walls to electrical poles in Thailand. In a country where censorship is all too common, the stickers provide a platform for freedom of expression, and factoring in the low earnings of many citizens here, the designs yield an inexpensive way, albeit temporary method, to add color and ornamentation to otherwise bleak environments. In addition, it is often a way for many Thais to assert their sense of humor and playfulness. Through the investigation of various types of stickers produced by street artists, young designers, and regular folk in the kingdom, one can come to a better understanding of the national psyche, as well as specific Thai preferences and particular aspects of contemporary Thai culture.
|Keywords:||Stickers, Cultural, Thailand|
Senior Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Division, Mahidol University International College, Bangkok, Thailand