In August 2015, during a period of global financial crisis and consequent slowdown in work, Steve’s focus turned from the commercial to the personal: he began to write his life story, working title Steve Stachini - My Life Naked And Raw. He found great self-therapeutic solace in writing as he started to talk on paper about his traumatic, abusive, negative upbringing. This process seemed to open another avenue too, and Steve turned away from commercial design to concentrate on what he calls ‘Bowie creations’. Reinvigorated, his creativity roared into overdrive, and though he was earning no monetary reward, he says he just instinctively knew that the change in direction was the right path for him to take.
Even at this point, long before the passing of his idol, Steve continually told friends and family members that “next year is going to be a big year for both David Bowie and myself.” Little was anyone to know the significance of the new year to come. When I spoke to some of Steve’s friends and family, they all felt that there was never any doubt of his determination to see the project though. Although he may not have realized it at the time, there were quite a few who knew him who who probably had more faith in Steve’s ideas than he did himself.