We love USA altogether!

The Heart Sticker logos in the most simplistic descriptions are community identification of people who love their place and in particular the state they live in.   A heart in Oregon represents the community of people who love Oregon.  Those people are either residing in Oregon or not.

Every place has people who love that place for one reason or many.  Our designs give that community the ability to recognize, meet and discuss what they love about the place.  And it is from this stage where the real magic begins.  It is our belief that the more people who love a place will discuss what they love about this region or what makes them a group of people of this place, good for them.  And ultimately better for all of us.

So, again, Heart Stickers identify the community of people who love: Oregon, Washington, California, Texas, Rhode Island, Maine, etc, etc.  Then all those places together make up of one map and that is United States.  It is the bottom up approach to continue to strengthening our nation. The emphasis is on the communities from the smallest groups to larger ones.

Based on this model, a state with a custom designed heart, we are making our best educated guess at creating a local and appropriate design.  This is hard.  Here are few reasons:

1. I am an Oregonian particularly and not a Texan, Floridian, or anything else.  We simply do not have the local knowledge that individual citizens do.  But we do our research and do our best.

2. Some of our states are so large, so diverse, and have so much population that to have just one unifying symbol is a challenge.  An example is Northern California is very different from Southern California.  And then in our research, we discovered there is the Central Valley and Central Coast of California.  And as you would expect, the needs and culture of each of these places vary as much as the weather, landscape, occupations, and culture.

But, we as an organization and I as an individual will do our best job, we will invite mistakes and failures, make adjustments till we find the best one that we can. So, it’s about us doing a good enough job to help the communities have identification so that they can find each other and start talking about the place they love.  Because when a community interacts, it is always a global connection!

Heart In Michigan

Heart in MichiganHeart in Michigan design is one of my favorite designs.  It is a green state with 2 blue hearts, one in the Lower Peninsula, and one in the Upper Peninsula.  The green part represents Michigan’s forested outdoors and Michigan State University. While the blue hearts represent all of the great lakes and rivers that Michigan has and the University of Michigan. This is the first design that I chose to borrow from the university systems.  I chose to use both rather than one.  We can call it my strong attempt to unify these two parties.

Two hearts together in one sticker hold a tough reason.  It is the simple fact that although there is upper and lower Michigan, they are two totally different places.  Also for this reason the Heart Sticker designs is two separate stickers.  They peal out independently.  This gives the consumer the option to stick both Upper and Lower areas on or just one of them.  For this reason, giving the consumer a choice, this is one of my favorite Heart Stickers.

I have a theory that more folks from the Upper Peninsula (UP) then the Lower Peninsula will only stick one of the shapes and the lower will stick both.  We will have to wait and see.

I can really only speak to the UP because I lived there as a child at 12 years old in the early 80s.

Coming from Chicago, it was an interesting transition from suburban Chicago to a small town on the upper Michigan / Wisconsin / Green Bay boarder.  The simplest way to describe this was like living in rural Canada.  It was bitter cold in the winter, Green Bay completely froze over and we all added an “-A” to the end of every sentence.  Hunting, fishing, sailing, snowmobiling, x-country skiing, it was a 12 year old dream.

So my heart was in the upper peninsula of Michigan.  I look forward to visiting again and crossing the Mackinaw bridge in the “Mittin” and checking out the LP.

Heart In Idaho

Since my first visit to Idaho,I was fond of the beautiful wilderness.  Heart in Idaho is simple state shape with a red gem cut shaped heart.  I chose this design because Idaho is the gem state and the state gem is the ruby garnet, hence the ruby red garnet gem cut heart.

The first round of design, the state was brown because in the hot, Idaho is mostly high desert with unforgiving heat and rough rocky landscape.  Brown really demonstrated this feeling but it did not lend well to the design.  So we lost the brown and it really makes the heart pop out now.

The town of tensed while in the 90s I drove from Moscow, ID to cout’ d’ Alene for some swimming in the lake.  While on the way, we passed through a town called Tensed.  I found the name to be interesting, almost comical. I joked,”Hey, I’m In Tensed,” then “Past Tensed.” and so on. As chance has it, I met a Idahoan who set me straight on the story of Tensed.

Down the highway from Tenses, there is a town named De Smet named for a priest who was special in the area.  However, there was another town that wanted the same name.  So they settled on naming their town De Smet backwards, Temsed. When they submitted the name to the county recorder, he mistook them for an ‘n’ and ever since it has been named the town of Tensed.

If you want a rough wilderness, Idaho is your place.

Heart In Montana

Heart in Montana is one of my favorite heart sticker designs and is drawn as a simple figure of the state with an oversized blue heart.  Specifically, it encloses deep sky blue heart and is whopping because Montana is called “big sky country”.

 It’s one of my favorite designs because of its simplicity, the pride of the Montanans and as design flows, it is pretty conventional and adapted quickly.

It took us only two rounds to come up with the final heart in Montana design.  The shape and oversized heart was always part of our design but it was the color of blue that troubled us. In the first design the heart was “sky blue” but when it was printed, it was too pale.  We wanted a deep rich blue that looked more like the sky with whiffs if high clouds.

A few notable places I have been in Montana are: Moose’s in Kalispell: A bar where you carve your name into the table and through your peanuts on the floor. It felt great while engraving the name on it.

And between the I-90 and Lolo hot springs, we found a huge log cabin bar in the middle of a long gravel road. One Saturday night we spent few hours rocking to a cover band, dancing the night away and slamming Foster’s oil cans.

Finally, the most impressive place I have ever seen is “the going to the sun” road.  Simply put, it’s outlandish that this road was ever built. From sheer cliff walls to passable road, incredible yes?

Enjoy Montana.

Heart In Texas

The heart sticker design of the heart in Texas is originated as the shape of Texas with the Texas state flag heart.  In contrast to one of our earlier designs, I felt this was relatively easy as I identified the passion of people belonging to Texas.

So what exactly do Texans love about Texas? Well, on a recent layover in DFW, I polled several locals. 

Me: “What is your favorite thing about Texas?

The #1 answer was: “The weather”. Wow! Interesting enough! Yet, the most disagreed answer was again “The weather”.

I’m not sure what folks love about Texas weather but I did conclude what they did not like- when it’s hot, it’s hot as hell and when it cold, it’s as cold as ice. Fair enough!

The other popular responses I heard were, this is home, family, and the Dallas cowboys.

One interesting note to make about DFW – Dallas Fort Worth airport is.  It’s huge.  I was told it is 24 square miles and has a heavy running through the center of it.  All I can say is, I’m glad i was not in a rush to get to my plane.  The rail system took much longer than I expected and I was constantly wondering if I should get off at terminal c1-20 or c21-39. Overall, I managed to figure out one thing that is common to every state’s citizen and that is the love and compassion they hold for their state. Be it for home, people, friends or just places. Well, same goes for Texans in Texas.

Heart in Oregon Design Explained

The shape of the state of Oregon with green heart.  What gives?

Heart in Oregon

The heart of Oregon is green because it best represents Oregon’s forest.   A few minutes hike in any Oregon forest and one can notice how lush and green everything it.  That is why the Heart in Oregon heart is green.

We have heard many alternative meanings to the green heart–Green living, Green Party, Eco-friendly, and even some not worth mentioning.  Those too are all important ways of Oregon life, it is the green of forest for the official meaning of the green heart.

What is a Heart Sticker?

What is a Heart Sticker?

The Heart Stickers themselves are just stickers.  Simple designs, the shape of a state with a heart inside of it.  The  Oregon stickers were simply created by saying, “My heart is in Oregon.”  The same can be said for Washington, California, Florida, Montana and so on.  This part was simple.

What do Heart Stickers mean?

I love it here!  Here can be the place where my home is, a place I’m visiting, or a place I long to be.

What unexpected has happened?

Community.  I have many examples of community that has evolved out of Heart in Oregon.  Folks with flat tires and others stopping to help because of the Heart in Oregon sticker.  People far from home feeling closer to home when they meet others with patches on their backpacks.  The simple shape of a state with  heart in combination with a person representing it means others may approach and of anything start that conversation.

Ultimately Hearts tickers are:

Just stickers.  But the magic is in the people who display and look and gain a feeling from them.

Follow your heart it will lead you home.

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If you LOVE your Nation, then Show that—>

It was magical. Everywhere you looked there were ♥ stickers. Everyone was united in every state.

At Heart Sticker, over 5000 ♥ stickers were given out.

And at other concerts all over Portland, Oregon USA, people always asked me,

“What are the ♥s all about?”
“What do they mean?”
“What does it stand for?”

They mean love, I guess.

They’re just there to remind US, to unite US, to love US, and to love each other.

And now, it’s time for showing the love to your country and your state with a ♥ sticker.

There will be hearts everywhere! On notebooks, in diaries, on cameras, on mirrors, and cars, cellphones, light posts, walls, street signs.

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Be a part of this valuable and precious survey conducted by Heart Sticker.

Here you go: ♥ sticker

Get your Heart Stickers, Heart T-Shirts, Love My State Merchandise, Green Gifts

We offer our services on designing stickers and T-shirts, along with each and every part that relates to an American’s heart.

We have great scope of arts that resembles the true spirit of the nation. All the states are our tremendous assets and we are the heart of the same. We design our stickers in the heart of states and we truly show our spirit in the form of unity that’s being shown to the world. HeartSticker.com,  as the name itself proves the glory in serving our citizens in textile or custom designing approach.

One sticker at a time, HeartSticker.com is providing people with symbols that express love for their home. When you say, “My Heart is here.“, you are saying, “This is my home. This is my community.” Select your home from the map to purchase your Heart Sticker.

Community involvement is a very powerful ‘Green’ activity. The term ‘Green’ Living indicates our conscious intention to honor and care for the Earth. Our goal is to help people identify and proclaim the places on this Earth that they love. To discover and participate in how we support community, visit our Community page.

Our first design was Heart In Oregon and it has become the symbol of Oregonians. You cannot drive down any city street without seeing a Heart In Oregon sticker on a vehicle. Heart In Oregon was created with the intent to support and develop community. It started as one man’s dream and became a line of stickers that build a renewed sense of community, generate regional pride and are an inspiration to everyone who sees them.

Our ‘Heart In’ line of stickers has been picked up by retail outlets in California, Texas, Vermont, New Hampshire and Colorado. If you know of a retail store that should carry our stickers, let us know.

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