All those flyers you find on your car after a concert are the result of illegal activity.
"It's considered littering," says Steven S., who used to "paper" parking lots for several local bands. "If someone complains to the cops, the city cites the club owner.... The club owner gets pissed about getting cited, and then any band on the flyer gets blacklisted from playing there."
Some promo people try the legitimate route and secure permission from property owners. Jamie Gardner, formerly a promoter for First World Productions, tried this with area colleges.
"I called San Diego State," Gardner says, "and they wouldn't allow anyone to put flyers on cars on the campus; the same with Grossmont. In fact, they won't even grant permission to hand flyers to people."
Collage Menage makes their own stickers, which they affix all over town.
"I put them on cigarette machines in bars and on public trash cans, video game consoles, power poles, places like that," says singer Hans Jensen. "Or someplace where somebody else has already stickered." The group gives out band stickers at their shows.
"[The band's original paper labels] were indestructible and would stick so hard that, to peel them up, you had to shred them with a razor," says Jensen. "Then we'd get in trouble when some idiot would stick it on someone's Rolls-Royce."
Several years ago, according to Jensen, somebody stuck one of the Collage Menage stickers on a prize-winning pig at the Del Mar Fair.
"We were supposed to play there and didn't know anything about the sticker.... They banned us from ever appearing at the fair."
The band will pass out stickers -- now manufactured on easy-to-peel plastic -- when they appear October 11 at Second Wind in San Carlos.