We have a 2006 Honda Civic, the color is either Champagne Grey or Metallic Sad. It looks like most every other car that was made that year or the year after/before. So I wanted to differentiate it from the others. Mudhoney put out a record that year, Under a Billion Suns. Another in a long and continuing line of great records they’ve released. I ordered it online for a free bonus e.p. and I got a great sticker. The cover was designed by Jeff Kleinsmith and it seems like it was inspired by Richard Powers who was an amazing artist and did a lot of old sci-fi covers. The sticker was taken from Kleinsmiths art. I know I’m making more of this than I should but this was a perfect storm of coolness. New car + Mudhoney + Richard Powers + sticker = Goddamn! So I proudly put it on the Honda, marking it from all other Honda’s.
A few years later, Maggie my step daughter gave Carrie a sticker that had a Pomeranian on it and I “heart” MY. It was cute and it went up via magnet on the fridge with hundreds of other cute/sentimental things. A couple of months ago as I was walking back to the car in a parking lot I saw the Pomeranian sticker on the car. My heart sank, well the part that thinks I’m cool and have great taste sank. Of course I love my dog but I don’t need a sticker on my car announcing it, although the same could be said about the Mudhoney sticker.