Cool Clones, the print made before this presented a couple of corporate clones in front of an anonymous office building. Expresso Expression presents its antithesis, a couple of serious looking guys dressed in dark tee-shirts scowling their dislike of that world. It can be seen as a companion piece, a lower keyed obverse of the shiny environment the Cool Clones have unquestioningly assimilated.
The title is an obscure pun on 1950s Beatnik counter-culture and their adoption of espresso coffee as a fashionable statement of their difference to 'straight' culture. Existentialist philosophy also played an important role in forming the Beats' thinking and this is acknowledged by the building's name, Hotel Existenzia.