Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crowns

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s enduring legacy in street art and popular culture is thanks, in part, to his unmistakable signature motif—the three-pointed crown. The simple design, a cartoon-like drawing outlined in black and often colored in yellow, was adopted by Basquiat from greater street art culture in the 1980s—the three-pointed crown was historically used as a tag to show respect for another artist’s work. Basquiat borrowed the motif for his own politically-charged visual language, transforming the crown …

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