Today we are proud to spotlight long time DLC compadre Bishop203. As a teen without train yards, Bishop203 turned to the concrete canvases of abandoned factory buildings of Connecticut. On an artists journey that led him south to the train yards of Virginia he further developed his craft. Eventually landing back east in Brooklyn, New York City, where you will find pieces of him all over the city. We sat down with Bishop203 for a few to catch up ask a few questions. Enjoy!
Tell us about your process from inspiration to execution. My process varies depending what I am going for in a piece. But usually I am going after the same general concept having to do with insecurities that I feel every one has. Then to go about showing them in a light hearted manner. As far as inspirations go, the things that usually grab my attention are color concepts. I was in a tattoo shop the other day and saw a picture of a coy fish that was filled with pink and yellow. Pink and Yellow!!! The best thing I have seen in a while.
What do you listen to on a normal day of creating? That really depends. The last piece I finished I put on a song by Florence And The Machine on repeat for hours.
If your work had a soundtrack what would it be? I would have to say pretty much anything by Aesop Rock or probably The Postal Service.
We have seen your bangles all over Brooklyn. Who are they, whats their story. I created a little army of characters (still growing) that I call Bangels. Originally for “Bishops’ Angels” but when I bring them out to the streets I like to think of them as “Brooklyns’ Angels.” They are what I see myself as for the most part. Goofy little guys with hollow heads and empty hearts, but some how always keeping a smile on, hoping for the best.
What do you want people to take away from your work when they see it. Mostly, a smile.
Whats the future hold for Bishop203. Oh shit. My dream is for a small gallery where I can show peoples work. If I could make a living by rooting for the little guy I would be a very happy clam. But if nothing else, more doodles and stickers on your pretty streets…