Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘In Italian’, The Skateroom
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘In Italian’, The Skateroom
Jean-Michel Basquiat, ‘In Italian’, The Skateroom

We’ve teamed up with the estate of the late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat to produce an edition of skateboards carrying some of the artist’s iconic paintings from the early eighties.
Past and Contemporary street culture come full circle through this collaboration.
Before Basquiat rose to become one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, his work was already legendary on the streets of downtown NYC.
Under the tag SAMO, his poetic and poignant symbols established a visual vocabulary that continues to inspire new generations of graffiti artists to this day.
Needless to say we are very happy with the final results and we hope we’ve made him proud!
Part of the proceeds of this collection helps fund Skateistan’s yearly worldwide operational costs.

Manufacturer: The Skateroom

About Jean-Michel Basquiat

A poet, musician, and graffiti prodigy in late-1970s New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat had honed his signature painting style of obsessive scribbling, elusive symbols and diagrams, and mask-and-skull imagery by the time he was 20. “I don’t think about art while I work,” he once said. “I think about life.” Basquiat drew his subjects from his own Caribbean heritage—his father was Haitian and his mother of Puerto Rican descent—and a convergence of African-American, African, and Aztec cultural histories with Classical themes and contemporary heroes like athletes and musicians. Often associated with Neo-expressionism, Basquiat received massive acclaim in only a few short years, showing alongside artists like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Francesco Clemente. In 1983, he met Andy Warhol, who would come to be a mentor and idol. The two collaborated on a series of paintings before Warhol’s death in 1987, followed by Basquiat’s own untimely passing a year later.

American, 1960-1988, New York, New York, based in New York, New York