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fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.
For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.
The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.Thank youStephen

fifteenthandfirst:

200 cans of spraypaint, 100 gallons of latex, 81 conversations, 33 words, 12 hand painted signs and 9 walls are the stats (so far) on Love Letter Baltimore. The number of conversations doesn’t include all the sidebars, periphery comments, anecdotal discussions and inquisitive concerns I’ve engaged in almost everyday for the last two years. People love Baltimore—sure the TV show plays a part (pick one, theres a few)—and the auteur and the poet and the musicians and the sports teams make people care where they sprang from. But beyond the cultural contributions, people everywhere have a red-brick nostalgia for the city that belies its small stature.


For me, it was the hardest city we’ve painted in so far. We had to operate in the gulf between riches and despair, and in that space create work that actually works for the community. What made our job easier is that the community, on every wall, had ideas and demands for what the walls should accomplish. So Ricky in Westport was thinking “People should know this is home,” and Glenn on the East Side was thinking, “Break the disconnects and change the game,” and ICY SIGNS was the visual sound system to broadcast these signals.

The ICY Signs shop at 224 N. Paca is still there, waiting on more wall permissions and accepting commissions (email us at icybaltimore@gmail.com to see if your  Baltimore business qualifies). We look forward to continuing the visual communication of conversation soon (soon, soon).

Back at the home base in Brooklyn, we have this new screen print dedicated to the Stagger Home, my nightly dance move on the 2 train. It is a 24” square of violet riches and black despair, in a signed and numbered edition of 75. It is $200 plus shipping. Please email us at espoprints@gmail.com with your mailing address and we’ll send you a paypal invoice. Proceeds in part will pay off the ICY sign mechanics, because in love and art, labor costs the most and pays off the best.

Thank you
Stephen

Pete Ross, celebrated banjo maker, has finished a banjo he’s been working on for many years, helped by Nolen Strals on some design elements. 

And we get to admire it and hear it played by it’s happy owner, Seth Swingle, who’ll be joined by Pete, and Kristina Gaddy on fiddle.

Seth is an award-winning banjo and kora player. A curious and dedicated practitioner of traditional music, he has studied Southern banjo styles with folklorist Mike Seeger, been a finalist in the Clifftop banjo competition, and is 2-time Virginia State Banjo Champion. He plays a variety of archaic regional banjo styles on several banjos in several tunings. 

Seth has also studied the n’goni, a banjo ancestor, with griot Cheick Hamala Diabaté, with whom he has performed at the Kennedy Center and at Merlefest. Most recently, he received a Fulbright Scholarship for traditional Mandé music and has spent several years learning to play the kora, a 21-string W. African harp, in Mali.