Band stickers aren’t just something you come up with so that the kids who can’t afford your CD and shirts would still have something to take home with them. Well, sure, that too, but that’s not the main reason. Do not underestimate band stickers! They not only help you brand your band, they’re more visible compared to a band shirt and other merch. If they stick your sticker to their laptops or to their cars, voila! All their friends would see it and ask questions. If they stick it to their mirrors, then they’d be reminded of the greatness of your band every single day. Something as powerful as this should be expensive, right? But it’s the cheapest merch you can make!
To make sure they will really stick your sticker, it has to look really good. These kids encounter so many stickers and band merchandise during concerts. You have to make sure that yours stands out. Here are some examples of awesome band stickers:
THE RAMONES BAND STICKER
Not sure if this was actually sold on their website, but caricatures of band members certainly is a good idea for a band sticker especially if you’re already as popular as The Ramones. It’s something cute and since it’s a sticker, it would bring out the fans child-like side.
THE WHITE STRIPES BAND STICKER
What I love about this is that there’s no band name or faces but the design automatically says “White Stripes.” It’s something that the other fans can easily identify which makes it a sort of secret.
SIGUR ROS BAND STICKER
I simply love the simplicity of this. It stands out because the design itself is catchy without trying too hard.
GRATEFUL DEAD BAND STICKER
This one works because of the concept. We see the colorful moon and sun and nature which suggests life and then we also see a skull which signifies death.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BAND STICKER
The vintage design never goes out of style.
TON-A-HOPE BAND STICKER
GUNS AND ROSES BAND STICKER
A lovely logo always works especially if you already have a name.
PRETENDERS BAND STICKER
KISS BAND STICKER
All of these stickers have good designs but what makes a good and effective design? What if you’re not yet as popular as KISS or The Rolling Stones, what kind of stickers should you make and how should you distribute them? Watch out for our article next week on how to make an effective band sticker. Meanwhile, if you want to inquire about our merch printing service, visit www.unifiedmanufacturing.com or e-mail [email protected] if you want a quote.
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.