MASK OFF

By Sassage Stickers

MASK OFF

By Sassage Stickers

Shoe Size:UK 10

Shoe Name:Fila Disruptor II

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Sassage Stickers

Student (Laksha) & Graphic Designer (Nakul)

Founded by Bangalore-based Laksha and Nakul Ayappa, Sassage Stickers is an all-inclusive sticker store with stickers ranging from themes of mental health and self-care to LGBTQIA and aesthetic art. Laksha, currently pursuing her Master's in counselling psychology, has always had a special place for art. Sassage Stickers is her dream, where she can highlight the importance of mental health through stickers and art. Nakul Ayappa is a full-time graphic designer with a special interest in film photography and metal music. Constant efforts to speak up for the queer community in India form a major part of their work.

The Story

Prior to the pandemic, we were wearing a lot of masks: the societal masks of the perfect student, perfect citizen, and perfect child. Lockdown got us all into survival mode, separated us from the outside world and really got us thinking. These masks were broken from within, to reveal who we really are on the inside. Using the elements of simplistic lines, darkness and a whole lot of color, Masks asks you: Who are you? When you remove these masks crafted to please everybody around you, what are you? These dark yet vibrant illustrations speak to the uncomfortable feeling one experiences when they start understanding themselves - the cumbersome process of breaking out of the self-doubt and brain clutter to get in touch with yourself. It was through this process that I, Laksha, even found art, met Nakul and started my own business. I now don new masks that give me more purpose. We chose this particular design as it represents both of our styles. Bold colors are something I love to work with, while typography and graffiti are Nakul’s forte. It felt like the perfect amalgamation for this project.