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San Marcos, California

I graduated from CSUSM back in 1996.
I received a Bachelor of Science in Business with enfaces in High Technology Management.


I became a stickers and label devotee back in the 90's. I enjoyed collecting them and briefly operated a Label Printing Press for Label Exchange. I also instructed students in the art of Flexography. I joined the Flexo in Education Program located in various parts of the United States. This program was to form a partnership between education and the Label / Stickers industry to fill a requisite for skilled workers. The program brought together the support of the Stickers trade, Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute and schools.

There is plentiful information regarding Stickers and the ideas behind them. One division is the much talked about Darwin controversy for enlightenment and the separation of church and state. These stickers which show a picture of Charles Darwin, his height and weight are hugely popular with the college crowd. Textbook stickers also read, "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things." The disclaimers were put in the books by school officials in 2002.

Other sought-after uses for stickers are to highly promote music bands. Scores of start-up bands are anxious to get their names out there and most use stickers. These band stickers usually have the band name and the band's web address and are handed out at concerts.

Messaging is what printed stickers are about. Getting the message out there and promoting your business. The theory is to be able to print your message and make it visible to the public. Stickers and labels are very widely used for describing an idea. They are frequently distributed as part of promotional, advertising, and political campaigns. Bumper stickers, are often used as a way of manifesting support for subjective causes.

Thermal transfer printing is a preferred approach for producing quick and on demand labels. From barcodes to address labels, this type of label printing is fast and easy.

How stickers and labels are processed: The stock is a large roll of material that has 3 parts to it. - the liner, the adhesive, and the face stock. The face stock is what eventually becomes the finished label and consists of all different type of surfaces: Matte, Gloss, Foils, Holographic, vinyl and more. The second part is the adhesive substance which is applied to on the back of the face stock. There are different types of adhesive: removable, permanent or repositionable. There are also specialized coated adhesives that carry words or logos in them for Void stickers applications. The third part is the liner. The liner acts as a carrier for the label. The liner has various thickness and can be printed on the back. Additional elements to sticker and label printing are Lamination, UV coatings or varnish. Lamination is a clear material with adhesive that is applied on top of the final sticker for protection from scuffing or harsh weather conditions.

Sticker and Label Adhesive Library Science. Learning that a number of adhesive manufacturers may be facing the disappearance of certain grades of polychoroprene rubber next year, the Adhesive and Sealant Council is exploring options to help the industry maintain an adequate supply of these materials for their operations.

I once handed some business cards to the 2006 Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis, hoping to design some stickers for that sweet machine that he rides!