Interview: Stephen Powers Talks to Vice
The latest video on Vice’s Art Talk series features Stephen Powers, the artist formerly known as ESPO. The video is really well done, interesting and worth watching. In it he talks about his influences behind his recent Love Letter to Brooklyn mural project, why he hates the phrase graffiti artist, and why his studio is filled with yellow paintings.
Here’s what Vice had to say:
“Known in his early days as graffiti icon ESPO, Steve Powers has been a charismatic figure in New York’s art and graffiti world for the past 20 years. Seen all over the streets of Philadelphia, New York, and Brooklyn, his flat top and name have been synonymous throughout these street scenes since the mid-90s. However, after ESPO’s success for several years, Steve decided to step away from the shadow lands of graffiti and establish himself as a sign painter. In this episode of Art Talk we accompany Steve to explore his new project “Love Letter to Brooklyn” in the heart of downtown at the old Macy’s parking garage. We get a behind the scenes look into his career as ESPO, how his work has developed over the years, and his life as a dad.”