Michael Anderson vs. Steve Powers

Michael Anderson laughed off recent criticism by fellow artist Steve Powers aka ESPO over a graffiti sticker collage he created for the Ace Hotel, telling ANIMAL, “I think it’s just completely ignorant and I don’t think ESPO knows anything about my real work.” Powers told New York magazine that “stickers are meant to be ephemeral, not to be poached and hoarded” and called Anderson a “fanbot” for his collection. White Wall mag has joined the fray and thinks Powers is a hypocrite:

Graffiti takes something that already exists, the street, public property, architecture, and adds to it. It’s public work in its purest form and therefore can be taken and added to by the public… Since when does a graffiti artist get angered by appropriation?

Photo by Trudy Chan