Basquiat’s Early Years As An Anti- Establishment Graffiti Poet

The Early Graffiti Poetry of Jean-Michel Basquiat

A brief historical essay exploring Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work as a graffiti poet when he was a young artist. This essay touches on the era of the SAMO© IS DEAD collective, the meaning of the SAMO tag, and the souring of Basquiat’s relationship to his former collaborator, graffiti artist Al Diaz.