The 2004 Nike "Artist Series" included this Air Force II (2) designed by ESPO which featured the first ever translucent rubber on the upper of a Nike shoe. The toe box and side panel was made of clear rubber and gave way to the special socks that were included with the release. Other details are seen on the shoe like the phrases "Have Knots, Lemme Gets" on the back heels, a "Wants, Needs" clashing gloves symbol on the inner tongue lining, and "PAYDAY" on the translucent outsole. The release of this model gave way to the popularity of the Nike Air Force I (1) "Invisible Woman" edition that released in 2006 as a part of the "Fantastic 4 Pack". The "ESPO" AFII is a must have in any sneaker collection.
Steve Powers, aka ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach), is an artist from Philadelphia who is most recognized for his graffiti art throughout New York City and Philly. In the 1990's graffiti was at a peak and NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani took a strong stance against the art form in his mission to clean up the city. In 1999 ESPO was arrested for protesting against the mayor's support and attempt to shutdown the controversial art show "Sensation" at the Brooklyn Museum. Shortly after he took his career mainstream and gained much popularity leading to this 2004 collaboration with Nike.