Your Stickers Are Your Double

By Jack Doverspike, Feature Editor

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In the mesh pockets of North Face and Jansport backpacks, vinyl decals stick out on Nalgene, CamelBak, and Hydro Flask water bottles, flooding the halls and classrooms of Zionsville Community High School: Yay! Outside. #OptOutside. Indy CD and Vinyl. Along with stickers on laptops, these accessories show the personality of the owner, as well as whom they want to be.
A 32oz Hydro Flask – preferably a light color – with stickers covering 75% of the exterior shows the observer the interests of the owner of the water bottle (as well as showing they are in Show Choir). Maybe, these stickers are just an illusion or a façade, showing the public what they wish they were like.
For example, any item with stickers on it will usually hold a decal that involves the outdoors, specifically mountains. This is an attempt for the owner to express the person that he or she wants to be – an outdoorsy, easy-going young lad that spends all of their time in the great outdoors.
These mountain stickers show the denial in the psyche of the owner. Maybe the sticker is a relic of their past – a trip to Colorado or Wyoming. The sticker is showing that they wish they could go back to this place or even wish they did not live where they currently reside.
Another sticker that is commonly seen in the halls of ZCHS is the decals from Indy CD and Vinyl, a record store in Broad Ripple. Now, collecting records on vinyl, or according to the people that own these stickers, “vinyls”, is not only a hobby, but a lifestyle! It may be a “lifestyle”, but the people with the sticker probably do not own a record player. However, I am sure the owner of Indy CD and Vinyl appreciates the free advertising.
Let’s say you were “born in the wrong generation”, how will we show that? Slap a sticker on your water bottle or computer of a 1960s VW Bus, or Jerry Garcia’s The Grateful Dead bears dancing across the surface, or a brand’s name in a wavy, 70s-esque text font.
However, I too am a slave to this growing trend. I currently have a display of stickers on my Nalgene water bottle. One from New River Gorge, West Virginia, representing the part of me that frequently reminisces on the powerful moments of that trip, and a sticker of a single leaf that my sister threw on there when I left it in the green house where she used to live in New Hampshire, reminding me of the beauty of that farm.
These stickers are not only accessories that we share with the world, but are advertisements of the images that pop into our brains every now and then – an image of the perfect landscape, the image of a different time, the memories of moments we desire to relive day in and day out. Phony or truthful, they are the way to show the world who we are and what we represent.

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