Radio Juxtapoz Podcast, ep 19: Live From the RVCA World Tour, A Tokyo Connection with Steve "ESPO" Powers
"Speaking with pictures" is a great way to introduce Steve "ESPO" Powers, a true icon in the contemporary art world, who can claim graffiti, sign painting, museum installations, books, major public art projects, gallery shows, international recognition, Art In the Streets, Beyond the Streets, Street Market, The Art of Getting Over. I list all these things because ESPO has been a pivotal figure for me in understanding art, and especially, the art that I feel belongs to me the most. He has added wit, humor and wry observations to the art genres I love, and before there was ever meme culture or Instagram, ESPO was creating these perfectly poetic fine art sign paintings that almost seemed to predict the future of communication.
At the end of July 2019, Juxtapoz joined the RVCA World Tour to Tokyo, where one of the highlights was the re-imagining of Beautiful Losers, the seminal art exhibition and movement where ESPO was integral and has grown ever since. On episode 019 of the Radio Juxtapoz Podcast, we caught up with the 3x Juxtapoz cover artist in a phone booth in the basement of the Cerulean Tower in Shibuya. At the end of the trip. it was a bit of a reflection on the "reunion" vibe of the RVCA World Tour and Beautiful Losers show. We talked about ESPO's unique relationship with Tokyo, his history with the Beautiful Losers artists, the family vibe of RVCA, finding respect in the Philly graffiti scene and how he speaks with pictures.
Follow Stephen "ESPO" Powers at @steveespopowers