60 sticker-plastered Apple laptops
July 31, 2009 4:22 PM   Subscribe

 
57 computer owners with no design sense.
posted by item at 4:26 PM on July 31, 2009 [5 favorites]


Nice to see Creative Commons and Ghostly International stickers on some of them. Brings back memories of my old TiBook.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:26 PM on July 31, 2009


I have a single sticker on my Mac: over the icy-cool modern apple icon that appears all Macs nowadays, I placed a vintage Mac apple sticker. You know, back when it was a rainbow. Back when Mac was a kinder, gentler company. Folks see that old rainbow apple on the sleek modern Mac laptop and sometimes do a double take.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:27 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Totally Photoshopped. On a Mac.
posted by iamkimiam at 4:29 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Look a bunch of people stuck with their junior high sense of style. Let's all point and laugh.

meh.
posted by oddman at 4:29 PM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


Looking at those was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.
posted by scrowdid at 4:31 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Because I want you to know what websites I'm reading as I sit here in this coffee shop, even from that side of the computer.

Matt, you're losing meatspace, here. Not one of those... things... has a Metafilter sticker.

Actually, it's mostly a crime to do that to a Powerbook (iBooks, I'm like "eh.") but about 5 of them had some thought put into what would work. Can't say that about the majority, though.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:34 PM on July 31, 2009


I like that the vast majority of them leave the apple in the middle untouched, like it's a holy talisman or a beacon light for other cool geeks.
posted by spinifex23 at 4:36 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Gah.

I'm going to give this the benefit of the doubt and not assume that every sticker-loving laptop owner thinks that more is always better.

OTOH, I bet it's a bit of an addiction once you kick it off.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 4:37 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


I predict Apple's new TritebookTM will be their biggest seller yet.
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:37 PM on July 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


Ok, gotta send in mine.
posted by brundlefly at 4:37 PM on July 31, 2009


My HP is currently covered in stickers. On the lower layers there are stickers for brands of computer parts and energy drinks, and as the layers go up, there are stickers for coffee shops, music stores, amoung other things. Stickered laptops are like a core-sample of somebody's psyche.

Also, I figure nobody's gonna steal something so ugly.
posted by hellojed at 4:38 PM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


I was really taken aback when I clicked on the link and it was just a series of photographs depicting Apple notebooks adorned with adhesive decals.
posted by everichon at 4:41 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


...a very long time ago, a laptop came into my possession, an Apple laptop. It was placed on my desk as it was so amazingly hip I found it dreamy. But then, the stickers started. And one by one the laptops had things added... creating... A SIGNIFIER TO OTHERS IN THE COFFEE SHOP THAT I AM CREATIVE DAMN IT SERIOUSLY
posted by Spacelegoman at 4:42 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


I put the old rainbow sticker over the white apple like flapjax did. It looks great on my black MacBook.
posted by bink at 4:47 PM on July 31, 2009


I simply want a single white Apple sticker for my Acer laptop.
posted by sidereal at 4:52 PM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


Makes this old guy smile and remember his kiddie sticker-style: Don Garlits and STP; Hot Rod magazine and the Shelby Mustang...
posted by sporb at 4:52 PM on July 31, 2009


That link had so much hipsterism* in it, I think I broke my mind.


* I have just coined this term. It is free for use under the creative commons license
posted by prufrock at 4:54 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fucking hipsters.
posted by jabberjaw at 4:54 PM on July 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


I count 59.
posted by Rat Spatula at 4:57 PM on July 31, 2009


Hicking fupsters.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:01 PM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


* I have just coined this term.

Hmm... Results 1-10 of about 17,700

Might be some prior art.
posted by wildcrdj at 5:01 PM on July 31, 2009


More, if you can stand it.
posted by Xurando at 5:04 PM on July 31, 2009


Count how many laptops have the following:
Flickr
Laughing Squid
In-n-Out
Firefox
Linux
Ubuntu
Microformats
Technorati
Wordpress

It's like nerd bingo.
posted by djgh at 5:04 PM on July 31, 2009 [6 favorites]


This one gets a pass though.
posted by djgh at 5:06 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hmm... Results 1-10 of about 17,700

Might be some prior art.


Damn, I knew I should have Googled* it first.

* I have just coined this term. It is free for use under the creative commons license
posted by prufrock at 5:06 PM on July 31, 2009 [6 favorites]


The only sticker on my laptop is this one that says PayDay.

Oh, wait, that's a candy wrapping from last week... Anyways, sooner or later it'll come off by itself.
posted by qvantamon at 5:07 PM on July 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


i would really like to see a freeper mac, like with rush limbaugh stickers, NRA, and the like, now. Gaw the conformity. I suppose it's a good thing, I kind of want free culture to be mass marketed. :)
posted by By The Grace of God at 5:07 PM on July 31, 2009


NeXT sticker wins. The vintage rainbow Apple over the backlight is merely for style points.
posted by ardgedee at 5:08 PM on July 31, 2009


ahem, notebooks.

oh, and blech! Item's comment is spot on.
posted by blastrid at 5:10 PM on July 31, 2009


I remember my sister had a sticker book back in the 80s. Technology sure has come a long way!
posted by orme at 5:17 PM on July 31, 2009


I do like the Ghostly Int one. Some fine choonz.
posted by everichon at 5:19 PM on July 31, 2009


The Ubuntu and Creative Commons stickers are making me vomit with irony.
posted by DU at 5:19 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fun-poking aside, does this remind anyone else of their skateboard when they were a kid? Those laptops should have tail skids and rails! Maybe even a lapper, if you want to get rad.
posted by orme at 5:20 PM on July 31, 2009


That's it. I'm never buying another Mac.
posted by 0xdeadc0de at 5:21 PM on July 31, 2009


Doesn't a Mac laptop cost like, $1000? Why in the world would you put dumb stickers on it?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:24 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Waiting to see one with a Van Halen logo hand-drawn with a Sharpie.

Just like junior high!
posted by bwg at 5:24 PM on July 31, 2009



i would really like to see a freeper mac, like with rush limbaugh stickers, NRA, and the like, now. Gaw the conformity. I suppose it's a good thing, I kind of want free culture to be mass marketed. :)


The other day I was at a coffee shop and a dude was playing songs on his guitar and reading the lyrics (I think) from his netbook. He had a McCain/Palin sticker on his laptop. I spent the entire time trying to determine if it was ironic or not, it blew my frickin mind!
posted by slickvaguely at 5:28 PM on July 31, 2009


Doesn't a Mac laptop cost like, $1000? Why in the world would you put dumb stickers on it?

Because, despite rumors to the contrary, a lot of Mac users don't buy them for their looks.
posted by brundlefly at 5:33 PM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


know what they totally need?

PBR stickers for those Macs.

heh
posted by edgeways at 5:39 PM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


I have a slightly mis-cut print-out of this piece from my Tarot deck stuck to the back of my Macbook Pro. Nothing else. It's in lieu of getting off my butt, drawing something for the purpose, and having it laser-engraved...

The older Powerbook has a cute little raccoon sticker, a cute little dragon sticker, and a long coily dragon sticker.

I am soooo not into the "gluer" aesthetic.
posted by egypturnash at 5:40 PM on July 31, 2009


Because, despite rumors to the contrary, a lot of Mac users don't buy them for their looks.

I don't think that this is a collection of 60 people who "don't care how their computer looks."
posted by yoink at 5:49 PM on July 31, 2009


Well, I think some of them aren't as bad (if you like Bleach. Or skulls...)
But I don't get why you would want to turn your laptop into a mobile advertising vehicle? The glowing apple is flashy enough already...
I guess thats the same sort of people who would tattoo a brand logo on their upper arm.
posted by kolophon at 5:53 PM on July 31, 2009


I'm just thinking back to the time I thought it would be a good idea to put stickers on my cellphone. Looked okay until the corners of the stickers began to peel away and I wound up having to remove adhesive gunk from the back of my phone.

That said, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some of those Junko Mizuno stickers.
posted by kosher_jenny at 6:20 PM on July 31, 2009


A tiny bit of editing might have been nice! I liked the ones with the stickers in a neat grid, the one with a background of cartoon heads, and the one where all the stickers had been cut away except in a perfect circle in the middle. Honorable mention to the ones with 1-3 really big black stickers arranged in a scene.

Basically though this is the same boring old laptop sticker aesthetic, which has been documented online for years and years.
posted by grobstein at 6:27 PM on July 31, 2009


i also wonder about the peeling and the dirt and sticker grit and what if you really start to hate one of those things and doesn't the heat of the laptop create a strange smell when mixed with the glue? i make fun of the hippies and high school kids for doing this do their cars and i'll make fun of these guys too.

except for the ones that have a nice sticker design and not just shilling some cause or company.
posted by nadawi at 6:31 PM on July 31, 2009


Funny how most of them plaster away to make their laptops look oh so edgy and yet leaves the apple untouched. Impression is more 37 pieces of flair than Never Mind the Bollocks.
posted by mr.marx at 6:38 PM on July 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


I go a college where every fucking person has the white macbook, so you gotta do something to set your computer apart from everyone else's. Mine just has packing tape on it though.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 6:49 PM on July 31, 2009


Wow. I recognize several stickers from unamerican. My car bumper ca. 2001. Glad that guy is still around.
posted by uaudio at 7:01 PM on July 31, 2009


I'm totally going to put out a sticker that says: "Hi cafe goer. I am cooler than you and working on amazing shit you can scarcely imagine."
posted by scarabic at 7:03 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


I go a college where every fucking person has the white macbook, so you gotta do something to set your computer apart from everyone else's.

This.

And once you've realized you have to make it so you can spot yours at a glance, the stickers are an obvious and readily-available way to accomplish that, and who's going to choose stickers that don't reflect their interests?
posted by George_Spiggott at 7:18 PM on July 31, 2009


Yeah, chill out, people. It's just stickers. It's weird to have a Linux sticker on yer Macbook though, to me anyway.
posted by Mister_A at 7:44 PM on July 31, 2009




The best of the web, what?
posted by peewinkle at 7:53 PM on July 31, 2009


Yeah, chill out, people. It's just stickers.

Nah, there'll be no chilling out. There's no end to the gleeful hatred of Mac users by Windows people. We just have to learn to live with their scorn, content in the happy realization that the Mac OS is so much better.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:55 PM on July 31, 2009 [3 favorites]


It's weird to have a Linux sticker on yer Macbook though, to me anyway.

That person may be running Linux using Bootcamp or something.
posted by brundlefly at 8:04 PM on July 31, 2009


Also, people give you stickers all the time. It's a really common way to promote your brand or band or ideology or whatever.

I am inspired to put some more stickers on my laptop.
posted by box at 8:09 PM on July 31, 2009


It's weird to have a Linux sticker on yer Macbook though, to me anyway..

A lot of Linux users really like OSX, and if you're a unix fan who needs to run very specific commercial and academic applications in a non-fragile way that will be supported by vendors and university IT departments, a Mac is the obvious choice. If the Mac belongs to a student, he probably owns it because it's by far the most practical option, possibly the only one.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:11 PM on July 31, 2009


your brand or band or ideology

And those three are often one in the same!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:13 PM on July 31, 2009


Mine! Some of the stickers courtesy of Mefi's own ColdChef. I've always done this with my laptops, for some reason. There are some on the bottom and on either side of the trackpad, as well. My father does this as well.
posted by brundlefly at 8:15 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yeah, well, but this thread has 61 comments.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:22 PM on July 31, 2009


brundlefly, is that a translucent window sticker over the backlit logo? Good way to confuse the "oh, you just have to let everyone see the brand, don't you?" crowd. This way you don't, until you turn it on, then you do.
posted by George_Spiggott at 8:24 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Quick! Somebody slap a sticker on that comment!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:24 PM on July 31, 2009


until you turn it on

turn it on
tune it in
but don't drop it, out or otherwise.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:26 PM on July 31, 2009


More to the point: Unamerican rocks still, yes. An acoustic guitar of mine proudly sports the "I guess I was punk once" sticker on excellent, durable vinyl.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:29 PM on July 31, 2009


Didn't the two guys who started Unamerican have a big and public falling-out? I don't remember a single detail beyond that, though.
posted by box at 8:47 PM on July 31, 2009


Good lord, the ads! Maybe all of the web is like that now, but my adblock wasn't blocking a thing on that blog, and it was distracting and awful. Christ, they're almost bigger than the content!
posted by graventy at 8:58 PM on July 31, 2009


Yeah, I remember that, box. Seems like one of the guys started another website and they had a semi-public politi-nerd slapfight for a bit. If I remember right, the dude that left (or got booted or whatever) had a halfway decent music-review site for a bit, long before there were hundreds of those. I'd kind of forgotten all about that. Shit, that had to have been nearly a decade ago now.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:59 PM on July 31, 2009


Sad story.

Here's a writeup (and the scathing MRR takedown mentioned therein, and a response from Stickerguy). Here's an email that James sent. Here's one that Srini wrote in response. Unamerican seems to still be a going concern.
posted by box at 9:02 PM on July 31, 2009 [2 favorites]


Holy cow, box. That's one fucked up story.
posted by graventy at 9:10 PM on July 31, 2009


I recognize several of those laptops as belonging to co-workers of mine.
posted by crawl at 9:17 PM on July 31, 2009


Now wacky packs, that would have impressed me.
posted by gimonca at 9:24 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


I have a bunch plastered on my Mini9. I was going to put an InvisiShield on it but those things are a pain to install. So instead I just crapped it up with stickers. When I scratch it I plan on just adding more stickers.

Problem Solved!
posted by djeo at 9:31 PM on July 31, 2009


Holy flashback, box, thanks for digging those e-mails up. That was like looking into my sophomore-year University e-mail inbox.
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:35 PM on July 31, 2009


I have a single sticker on my Mac: over the icy-cool modern apple icon that appears all Macs nowadays, I placed a vintage Mac apple sticker. You know, back when it was a rainbow.

flapjax, you might have liked the day I wore iPod headphones connected to the Macintosh I hoisted onto my shoulder. A bus driver saw it and gave me the devil horns hand thing.
posted by Beardman at 9:49 PM on July 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Without reading over the Unamerican debacle, is my memory correct when the "one of those motherfuckers threw a goddamn kitten out a window over that shit" section lights up?
posted by item at 11:23 PM on July 31, 2009


Ahh, yes: post 536 from metafilter's own mathowie.
posted by item at 11:25 PM on July 31, 2009


man, matt sure talked a lot back then.
posted by item at 11:26 PM on July 31, 2009


* I have just coined this term.

MeTa.

A few years ago, I overheard a group of people enthusiastically discussing The Da Vinci Code, and the latest Dean Koontz. I smugly dubbed them, "The illiterati." Oh, I was so proud of that. 51,900 hits on The Google.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 12:24 AM on August 1, 2009


This one and this one are one in the same, but at different points in time. So it's really more like 59 sticker-plastered Apple laptops.
posted by Lillitatiana at 12:51 AM on August 1, 2009


erm, and the same...
posted by Lillitatiana at 12:52 AM on August 1, 2009


When I worked doing repairs at an apple store, we would judge the stickers on laptops pretty harshly. The general consensus among the hardcore Apple devoted (Apple employees are often this) was, who would sully their beautiful iBook/Powerbook/Macbook/MBP with hideous energy drink stickers?

The worst was when people were getting their top case replaced and they would ask us to peel off the stickers. I mean, was it more cruel to laugh in their face or just hand them a spudger and watch them struggle to salvage it at the Genius Bar?
posted by sleeping bear at 1:12 AM on August 1, 2009


I was more I'm impressed with how many ads that dude could fit on his site.
posted by chunking express at 5:18 AM on August 1, 2009


"This machine kills fascists" or GTFO.
posted by tzikeh at 5:40 AM on August 1, 2009


tzikeh - it would be funnier to have a sticker reading "this machine built by communists"

I have a few old vintage Apple stickers but keep hanging on to them. I did stick one on a Nalgene bottle. It's about the only thing I ever stickered up. But then my wife kept putting it through the dishwasher (no matter how many times I told her I'd prefer to wash it by hand) and now some of the stickers are coming off. The Specialized sticker, mostly. The Apple logo is holding strong, but it's a bit bubbly now. Oh well, it's a $20 Nalgene bottle, and the stickers were all free (well, free with purchase of several thousand dollars worth of bikes, computers, gear, etc.) I'd prefer that the stickers were still flat and unblemished, but I think I'll live.

I thought about putting crap on my MacBook Pro. The rainbow apple, for one. But I decided against it. True, I don't run my MBP through the dishwasher, but I still don't want to sticker it. The only sticker on it right now is a university property tag, and that's only there because it has to be there. At least it's on the bottom of the machine. All the government-owned computers at work have ugly federal property inventory barcode stickers slapped on the face of the machines, in semi-predictable places but not really uniform. Most of them are misaligned to boot. It bothers me. I was happy that the university folks let me choose where my property tag would be placed.
posted by caution live frogs at 6:26 AM on August 1, 2009


Do people leave their laptops lying around often enough that they need stickers to differentiate them? Or is it more of a personal billboard thing?

Aside from the fact that I don't want to mar the surface of an expensive piece of electronics by adding a sticker, I generally hate stickers on things.

A buddy of mine bought a new PC and when I visited, I noticed he hadn't peeled off all the protective plastic sticky film. I took care of it for him.

It also bothers me when people don't peel the "feature" stickers off of things like digital cameras and DVD players. I know, I have a Thing. I do like this one, though.
posted by Fleebnork at 6:27 AM on August 1, 2009


This one and this one are also the same. 58.
posted by lampoil at 6:33 AM on August 1, 2009


With all that clutter on so many of them, my eyes were instantly drawn to this one.
posted by liquorice at 7:35 AM on August 1, 2009


Yes, most of the time laptop stickering is nothing more than Trapper Keeper stickering, and this causes me a touch of pain because I too have a few stickers on an Apple laptop.

I contend, however, that it's a necessity under certain circumstances. For many years I've worked in academic labs where access is controlled, it's safe to leave hardware lying around, and absolutely everyone owns a 15" Macbook Pro. One piece of flair is mandatory.
posted by rlk at 7:54 AM on August 1, 2009


I had this big Obama bumper sticker, but I don't have a laptop. So I wrapped it around my iPhone. But then I couldn't see the screen, so I had to cut half of it off. Now it only says "Ob". Nothing ever works for me.
posted by fungible at 10:17 AM on August 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Vomit.
posted by imalaowai at 10:42 AM on August 1, 2009


"Skate And Destroy"? Really?
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:01 AM on August 1, 2009


I've never sullied my Macs with stickers, until I came across a vinyl Decepticon logo at a con a few weeks ago. I pretty much had no choice at that point.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 12:12 PM on August 1, 2009


See Chapter Two.
posted by vapidave at 8:50 PM on August 3, 2009


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