The Art of Sign Painting with Steve Powers
"Known in his early days as graffiti icon ESPO, Steve Powers has been a charismatic figure in both New York’s art and graffiti world throughout 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 life as ESPO, how his work has developed over the years, and his life as a dad."
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This came from a street kid earlier who thanked me before he got off the jeep because I gave him some Pringles. Damn, the simplicity and sincerity of what he has said really made my day because I seldom get a reply like that whenever I give something to street kids…
I felt really good that time and the feeling’s indescribable.
Rudimental - “Not Giving In” ft. John Newman & Alex Clare
East London quartet Rudimental have premiered their video for forthcoming single ‘Not Giving In’ which will be released on November 18 via Asylum Records and follows the ground-breaking, multiple award-nominated video ‘Feel The Love’.
Directed by photographer Josh Cole, the ‘Not Giving In’ video mirrors the extraordinary true life-story of Josh’s close friend and 3-times World Champion B-Boy, Mouse. Cleverly narrating two parallel stories - that of the young Mouse (played by B-Boy Allen) and that of an older brother (played by Tugo) - Mouse discovers the dance sub-culture of Manila, while his brother follows a less fortunate path.
The video was shot entirely on location in Manila; all the actors are regular local residents. Rudimental provide the perfect backdrop to this cinematic visual that alternates between both brothers’ lives on the streets. The uplifting record, a sound clash of live instruments, beats and soulful voices, conveys a spirit of hope with the soaring vocals of two heavyweights, John Newman and Alex Clare.
In real life, Mouse’s mother left the Philippines for the UK in a bid for a better life when he was just 8. He soon found himself on the streets, where he first discovered and got involved in dance. His mother returned to Manila when he was 16 years old and broought him back to her new home of Birmingham. Mouse quickly became involved in the UK B-Boy scene and by the age of 18 he was winning competitions. By age 26 he had risen to World Champion, which he then won again twice: once in Singapore and once in San Paulo.
A comp I did for our event this coming October 21, 2012. We’re almost set for this Tumblr meet-up but the Manila City Hall suddenly changed its mind and suggested a different location but we didn’t like it so we decided to cancel this meet-up immediately.
But don’t you worry, we’re already planning a new and much awesome Tumblr meet-up so watch out! We really hope to see you there. :)
By the way, please message me if you want to help us. Your help is much appreciated as always!
My stand about the Cybercrime Prevention Act (RA 10175) is that we really need one. I just don’t want the oppressive, vague and unfair provisions there (e.g. 12-year imprisonment period for online libel) because these provisions are also susceptible to abuse and sadly, the law doesn’t even reflect our best interests because there is no sufficient public consultation while the bill was being discussed.
I urge the Supreme Court to declare this law unconstitutional. I want a law that will surely protect us, not threaten and/or censor our online voice.
A photo with THE Maria Ressa and some friends from Lyceum’s official student publication, The LPU Independent Sentinel. This photo was taken last Saturday during the Social Good Summit 2012 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM).
The Social Good Summit was indeed a great experience. Also, the timing of the summit’s perfect because I’m organizing a seminar in our college next month about the responsible use of social media, consequence of cyber bullying and the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Wish me luck! :)
The LPU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student Council A.Y. 2012-2013. Taken last night during the CAS’ Acquaintance Party. Find me! :)
Photo by RJ Molas.
Dumaan lang saglit sa Tumblr fair kanina. Good to see some friends! :) Photo by @lawtapalla
Poster I did for LPU’s College of Arts and Sciences 1st General Assembly held last July 27, 2012 at JPL Hall of Freedom.