Wicked awesome 80’s stickers!

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Last post was all about centuries-old woodcut print masters, y’know, all high-artsy and stuff, so for the sake of balance we’ll take it down a notch or two and bring things screaming into the 80’s.

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As, according to some people, we’re about to enter a new craze fueled by the pending release of the biggest budgeted ninja movie ever made, I’m looking back to the original American craze with some low-brow merch. These vending machine stickers are so wicked mint and totally tubular, my 80’s new wave balls are about to explode…

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If you look at enough 1986 issues of Black Belt, you’ll find all the original photos or advertising illos these are knocked-off from. The head above was from an Asian World of Martial Arts magazine ad if memory serves.

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A direct lift from Ninja III the Domination, albeit in day-glow safety colors, can only be matched by the awesomeness below:

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I adore vending toys and stickers and whatnot. You find some really great knock-off art, and these unlicensed gems are just superb.

2 Responses

  1. Velocity Prime

    Oh man! I had all of those stickers except the Chuck Norris one! So awesome. HAHA!

    Anyway, just found your site and love it. Keep up the good work.

  2. Vintage Ninja

    […] Capsule-dispensing machines can cost upward of $2.00 nowadays for their near-worthless plastic junk, illustrated hologram stickers¬†and granite-like gobstoppers half the size of a kid’s head, but during the 80s ninja craze, […]

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