My DEVANDALIZING series repurposes and re-contextualizes stickers, graffiti tags, signaling tape, and similar fragments "vandalizing" the streets of New York and of other cities around the world. 

For over 10 years now, I have been collecting - "devandalizing" - these artifacts of the urban environment as the source material for my collages and paintings on canvas and other materials.

Applied in a chaotic, semi-random, or determined way, these artworks reflect and feedback on the evolving phenomenon of urban visual expression.

The stickers were collected from the streets of cities such as Detroit, Las Vegas, Québec, Montréal, Palermo, Catania, Naples, Rome, Florence, Milan, Havana, and, of course, Berlin and New York. These are the original stickers, the "real thing,” not reproductions.

EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker and signaling tape from NY
CORONA DESCENDING ON EARTH (Götterdämmerung)
2020 (End of July)
Sticker and signaling tape from NY
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm

The 3rd of the Corona Trilogy
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker and signaling tape from NY
CORONARISE OVER EARTH
2020 (Middle of May)
Sticker and signaling tape from NY
48" x 72", 122 x 182 cm

The 2nd of the Corona Trilogy
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker and signaling tape from NY, acrylic paint on canvas
CORONAVIRUS RULES
2020 (Middle of April)
Sticker and signaling tape from NY, acrylic paint on canvas
60" x 72", 152 x 182 cm

The 1st of the Corona Trilogy
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Locksmith stickers from NYC on canvas
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GATES "R" US (Abstract Composition FOR Yellow)
2014 - 2020
Locksmith stickers from NYC on canvas
MULTI-TYCH, 7 panels, each panel 30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

The concept here is to give dignity to some of the most despised pieces of visual communication in NYC.
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY LOVE ME SUPREME DISTORTION (Black)
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY LOVE ME SUPREME DISTORTION (Greys)
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY LOVE ME SUPREME DISTORTION (Colors)
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
SUPREME DISTORTION
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY DISTORTION
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
LOVE ME DISTORTION
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY, SUPREME, LOVE ME
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
SUPREME
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
LOVE ME
2016
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
¥ ≠ $
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and signaling tape on canvas
I LOVE NY
2017
Stickers from NYC and signaling tape on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from Berlin, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
ASYL
2016
Stickers from Berlin, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from various cities on canvas
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MULTI CITY - MULTI PANEL
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from various cities on canvas
9 panels, each 30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

Arrangement variable, see thumbnails. The cities are: New York (3x), Las Vegas (1x), Palermo (1x), Berlin (4x).
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from various cities on canvas
10 CITIES
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from various cities on canvas
10 panels, each 24" x 24", 61 x 61 cm

Cities, top row, left to right: Rome, Palermo, Naples, Milan, Las Vegas. Bottom row, left to right: New York (Manhattan Bridge), New York, Berlin (wall), Berlin (TV tower), Berlin (Brandenburg gate)
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on tape
CURB YOUR DOGMA
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on tape
20" x 77", 51 x 196 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on tape
vEVIL
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on tape
23" x 64", 58 x 163 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas and tape
SEXGOAT
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas and tape
50" x 84", 128 x 214 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas and tape
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Various titles
All 2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas and tape
Dimension and arrangement variable

These are best thought of as modules that can be placed in various dispositions.
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on tape
Art work detailArt work detail
Various titles
All 2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on tape
Dimension and arrangement variable

These are best thought of as modules that can be placed in various dispositions.
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker fragments and leftover tape on unstretched canvas
JUST DID IT
2016
Sticker fragments and leftover tape on unstretched canvas
18.5" x 78", 47 x 198 cm

S. H. & W. K., Berlin
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker fragments on unstretched canvas
ZATO
2016
Sticker fragments on unstretched canvas
18.5" x 45", 47 x 115 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
LOVE ME, CHC & MAN
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
TAG RUNNER (G.one)
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
TAG RUNNER (Now & Then)
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
TAG RUNNER (Jel Amb)
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
TAG RUNNER (Fonse-RB)
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
TAG RUNNER (Smartz)
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker from NYC on canvas
FOOL'S GOLD (blue on white)
2016
Sticker from NYC on canvas
8" x 8", 20 x 20 cm

The mosaics of Pompeii, as seen in Egon’s Latin studies books, were obviously a big influence.

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker from NYC on canvas
FOOL'S GOLD (yellow on black)
2016
Sticker from NYC on canvas
8" x 8", 20 x 20 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
9 x FOOL'S GOLD (on white)
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
9 x FOOL'S GOLD (on black)
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
SHWICK
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

Shwick = Bushwick
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
DANGER
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
ADVNTRS
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
DANGER DANGER
2016
Stickers and signaling tape from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
OBEY-CHC-LOVE ME-STP LANDSCAPE
2016
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
16' x 47", 40 x 120 cm

An alternative title is "Drama & Détente"

K. & M. H., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
4 x PINK ON PINK
2016
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
16" x 16", 40 x 40 cm

K. & M. H., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and signaling tape on canvas
CK ANGELS NYC
2017
Stickers from NYC and signaling tape on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
ONLY LOVE ME
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
31.5" x 31.5", 80 x 80 cm

See also "ONLY" further down, from 2011. I just love the "love me" stickers...
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
ÜBER-TAG II
2016
Stickers from NYC on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

Same "class" of stickers as ÜEBER-TAG I (THE original), but in another "flavor"

T. S., Los Angeles


Definition of über:
- being a superlative example of its kind or class : super- übernerd
- to an extreme or excessive degree : super- übercool
(Merriam Webster dictionary)
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Sticker (my own production) on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (Multiple)
2016
Sticker (my own production) on canvas
10" x 10", 25.5 x 25.5 cm

M. D., New York;
A. L., New York
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic on 4 pieces of raw canvas
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ÜBER-TAG I (Painting)
2016
Acrylic on 4 pieces of raw canvas
71" x 70, 181 x 176 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (White Painting)
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Acrylic paint on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (Black Painting)
2016
Acrylic paint on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
ÜBER-TAG I (THE Original)
2015
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

I. & K. M., Frankfurt

See also: ÜBER-TAG I (Distorted)

EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
DJW4
2015
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

P. B., Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
GREAT COMBOS I
2015
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm

GREAT COMBOS.... or little colorful islands in a drab sea... or something like that...
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
OZ
2015
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

B. H. and U. F., Heidelberg
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
RAT KING NYC
2015 NYC
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
20" x 20", 50 x 50 cm

S. J. D., Perth, Australia
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general)
OZ / RAT KING NYC OVERLAY

This is a digital collage of the previous "OZ" and "RAT KING NYC" paintings, demonstrating that one painting is a continuation of the other, similar to "BROADWAY BOOGIE WOOGIE "
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
HOPE, ENTANGLED
2014
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
2MUCH
2014
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
Diptych, each panel 30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION
2014
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
STAY CRISPY
2014
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
TAG RUNNER II (Tag Robot II)
2014
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
KNOW
2014
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers and tags on skateboard
SUPREME 2013 NYC
Stickers and tags on skateboard
31" x 8", 79 x 20 cm

Sold at auction in support of www.janwaar-castle.org

U. K., Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from Berlin, signaling tape from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
LEBEN
2012
Stickers from Berlin, signaling tape from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
TAG SPIRAL
2011
Stickers from NYC on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and household paint on canvas
TAG SUN
2011
Stickers from NYC, signaling tape and household paint on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm

See also: TAG SUN
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
TAG RUNNER I (Tag Robot I)
2011
Stickers from NYC on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
12 OZ
2011
Stickers from NYC on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

M. & S. H., New York
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC on canvas
ONLY
2011
Stickers from NYC on canvas
30" x 30", 76 x 76 cm

K. & I. M.; Frankfurt
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
PLANET TAG NYC
2011
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm
EGON ZIPPEL / Online Archive Devandalizing (in general) Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
GREY FIELDS
2011
Stickers from NYC and acrylic paint on canvas
48" x 48", 122 x 122 cm