Stephen Powers: Urban Love Letters

"When all of my classmates were getting ready for the SATs and what not, I got into graffiti. It satisfied my every need that I needed for color, design, adventure, line, design, color, adventure—it was all there for me. And the arts program I was admired into at the time had none of that. So I went on these rooftops and painted these rooftops."

Date: February 14, 2011

Stephen Powers, also known as ESPO, is a graffiti artist turned studio artist turned graffiti artist. A Philadelphia native, Powers moved to New York then back home in 2009 and painted "A Love Letter for You," a series of 50 murals in West Philadelphia. The artist also describes a similar community project that was based in Brazil.