Tyler "Sour Steve" Stephens Official Dossier


"The collage art of Tyler "Sour Steve" Stephens continues to reveal new connections upon each study and poses many interesting questions about the reality of our world today and how we got here. The complexity of the many collage elements and references to well-known pop culture images surprise and intrigue." - Jenna Bailey


Tyler “Sour Steve” Stephens is the living embodiment of a new generation of DIY punk artists. At only 25-years old Sour Steve is a master of all trades from hand-crafted, surreal, tongue-in-cheek collage bits to writing, recording, and producing three full length punk rock albums from his studio apartment, Sour Steve is a quintessential DIY artist of our time.

Sour Steve has been combining gripping punk lyrics with thought-provoking collage works since 2019. By combining vintage pre-war and post-war adverts of 1930’s-1950’s with more modern imagery of our current political/social landscape, Sour Steve’s art challenges the viewer on all fronts to confront the incongruities and hypocrisy of our modern society.

In 2020, Sour Steve became a member of Oakland, CA-based art collective, Destroy Art Inc. Together, the team use their art as activism to fight off bigotry, hatred, and injustice as seen fit and use their talents to promote love, empowerment and community.


Art Shows


Eat Your Heart Out / Market of the Beast online group art exhibition. 2021

May Day! / Market of the Beast online group art exhibition. 2021

All Riot on the Western Front @ Caldwell Arts Council. Solo Exhibition Lenoir, NC 2022

Fallout! (Grand Opening) @ Fallout SF group art exhibition. San Fransisco, CA 2022

Off With Their Heads @ Fallout SF group art exhibition. San Fransisco, CA 2022


Competitions

Trade Alley Art Competition / Trade Alley Arts *Honorable Mention* - Hickory, NC. 2021

Caldwell Visual Arts Competition / Caldwell Arts Council *Best in Show* - Lenoir, NC 2021

Open Arts Competition / Rock School Arts Fnd. *Honorable Mention* - Valdese, NC 2022

Trade Alley Art Competition / Trade Alley Arts *Honorable Mention* - Hickory, NC 2022


Commission Work


LiveDirty-Douglas / Live Dirty Skateboards. 2020

LiveDirty Panoramic / Live Dirty Skateboards. 2021

Sportz (Fun with Balls) / Personal Consumer. 2021

A Question of Authority / Destroy Everything Fanzine Issue #2. 2021


Discography


Age of Disconnection / Sour Steve Wrote, recorded, published. 2019

Life in a Cage / Sour Steve Wrote, recorded, published. 2020

All Natural, Organic Delirium! / Sour Steve Wrote, recorded, produced, published. 2021

Klandemic / Dead Fucking Serious - Lyric book artwork. 2021


Videography


EMP Over DC Official Music Video / Sour Steve Music Video. 2019

Rest in Profits Official Music Video / Sour Steve Music Video. 2020

DK Barbed Wire Promo / Winston Smith + Destroy Art Inc. Social media promo. 2021


Art Zines

Destroy Everything Issue #1 / Destroy Art Inc. Art fanzine feature. 2021

Cut, Paste, Destroy/Destroy Everything Issue #2 / Destroy Art Inc. Art fanzine feature. 2021