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I am just going to come right out & say it. Hi, my name is melsenpai, & I have a sticker addiction. It’s been three weeks since my last sticker purchase. Every time I see a cute sticker, I feel compelled to buy it, even if I have no use for it. I have a better grasp on the art of restraint these days, but there are some days when I feel an overwhelming urge to splurge on the very first love of my life…stickers.

I have been collecting stickers since I was around 5-years old or so, & it has been my passion-hobby ever since. Everyone in my immediate household knows of my addiction, which I sugar-coatingly refer to as my hobby collection, & they neither support it nor are against it. I, for one, am totally, unequivocally for it. Yes, I am here for it bee-yotch! So, that is why I recently went on a mini shopping spree for stickers.

There is one brand I have been following since way back in 2007, called B-Side Label, from Japan. I first saw their decals during one of my first trips to Tokyo with Jian, at my all-time favorite home goods shop Tokyu Hands.  I didn’t pay much attention to the brand itself at that time. However, I remember choosing three designs: a llama, a chicken, & a blue fin tuna fish decal. I didn’t even have a clue as to what the Japanese phrases on the decals even meant. I just liked the designs, & wanted to stick them on my very first laptop that my parents got me for my birthday.

 

It wasn’t until much later, when I became more heavily involved in social media was when I rediscovered this brand once again. I found their Instagram page, & I’ve been “window shopping” ever since. Once B-Side Label announced that they would start shipping internationally to select countries, I immediately went on the hunt for my first purchase. (Finally I won’t have to trek all the way across the Pacific Ocean to get my hands on these sweet little decals.) For my first purchase I got three  small stickers to decorate my tablet, but my recent purchase was my biggest decal haul to date.

Here’s the unveiling of my haul. It took me a couple of days, yes d-a-y-s, to carefully select which ones I was ultimately going to get. There were so many designs I loved, but I forced myself to only choose the ones that would fit me best.

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I won’t go into all the blah-blah-blah boring details as to why I chose each & every one of these designs. Instead, I’d like to explain why I got these decals. One thing that really stands out in my mind about this brand is their attention to detail & quality. B -Side Label stands behind their products, & I can personally attest that these decals are extremely durable.

The main things I love the absolute most about these decals are that they are both waterproof & UV resistant, which means they won’t fade due to prolonged exposure to the sun AND they won’t peel or warp if they get wet. So, you can slap these bad boys on your bicycle, you car window, your laptop, or whatever you want, & the color will still look vibrant & they’ll still stay put. For an example, let me introduce you to my best friend, Richard, also known as my tablet.

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I have had this tablet, Richard, for a little over 5+ years or so, & it’s still chugging along. My tablet has been littered with so many stickers & decals over its lifetime, & so far none of the stickers/decals look used or abused. I’ve even slapped on a couple of the B-Side Label decals on him, & was able to peel off & re-apply them a few times while trying to figure out the best fitting places for each one. That’s another great thing about my B-Side Label decals, you know, the fact that you can peel them off & re-apply them & they still retain their stickiness & still look like new.

So there you have it. This was my latest haul post. It was kind of lame for me to make one whole topic about basic stickers, but I’d say that there’s nothing really basic about the ones I bought. I have no doubt that whatever I slap these babies on to, they’re going to last for a very, very long time. Until my next post, 君に乾杯!

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Well, as you may have heard…I am a huge sticker/decal fanatic.  I mean, I am just BA-NA-NA-S for all things stickers (bumper stickers, decals, deco washi tape, etc.)  This is painfully expressed in my previous posts 1 & 2.  So, what better way to show off my obsession passion for stickers by plastering them all over my laptop!  This is what I have done so far, & I am definitely planning on adding more…

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  1. エステバン (Esuteban) a.k.a. Esteban.  This what I’ve named my laptop.  Yes, that’s weird, but I’m OK with it.
  2. Teriyaki Source sticker.  This is a nod to the Japanese rap band TERIYAKI BOYZ (which you may recognize from the Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift movie soundtrack)
  3. MACKDADDY decal.  MACDADDY is a popular hip-hop streetwear brand from Japan.
  4. Black Icon Urban Garment sticker.  This is one of the many logos from each clothing season of the famous Japanese streetwear brand NEIGHBORHOOD.
  5. B Side Label Fox decal.  The phrase says: 狐の嫁入いです (kitsune no yomeiri idesu), which I think roughly translates to “To be married into a fox” (?)  I’m a bit doubtful of my translation…
  6. BAPE STA sticker.  This is a nod to the Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape (a.k.a. BAPE).
  7. Fragment Design decal.  Fragment is also another popular streetwear brand from Japan.
  8. NEXUSVII (Nexus 7) paper sticker.  Yet another popular streetwear brand from Japan.
  9. HUF ‘H’ decal.  Finally a label not from Japan.  This one’s an urban skater/streetwear brand from San Francisco.
  10. B Side Label Otter decal.  I can’t really make out what the characters say on this one, since the writing is so small and squished together.  I could only decipher the word “safety”, or something like that.
  11. NEIGHBORHOOD Urban Garment sticker.  This is the main logo for the Japanese streetwear brand NEIGHBORHOOD.  As you can see, I am a big fan of this brand (& so is my husband).
  12. Firmament Berlin Renaissance sticker.  Firmament Berlin is a popular clothing shop located in Germany.  They carry various urban streetwear brands, most from Japan.

 

I am the type of person who likes to write letters by hand (not by e-mail), & I love to make birthday cards & decorate them for friends.  I’m kind of an amateur Arts & Crafts maker.  (I have one friend who makes her own pop-up greeting cards, but I’m not quite at that level yet.)  I guess you can say that it’s all the glitter & shiny objects that draw me into this hobby.  I love going to an art supplies store, a hobby shop, or a stationer & picking out materials & such for a new project.  Sometimes my husband thinks I’m a little nutty for being so in love (& extremely picky) with those things, but that’s just me.  Most of my Arts & Crafts obsession comes in the form of decorating cards & letters with stickers & colorful pens, or adding a few beads here & there to random things.

I very rarely ever show my hobby supplies to anyone. This is an extremely rare glimpse into my hobby supplies.  Most of this has been an ongoing collection over a span of many years (about 10+ years).  I’ve been a huge fan of stickers & decals ever since I was a little kid.  This sticker stockpile is approximately ⅓ of my entire collection.  (I’ve given quite a few away to friends & family.)  I’ve also recently become a fan of gel ink pens (my favorite is the Zebra Sarasa Gel Clip pens in 0.44mm size).  Most, if not all, of my letter sets & greeting cards I’ve purchased in Japan.  There are two home goods department stores in Japan that I absolutely love & must visit every time I go back to Japan…& I almost exclusively get all of my hobby supplies from: Tokyu Hands & LoFT.  Hopefully after this, I’ll be able to showcase a few of my latest creations.  Enjoy!

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