Boom for Real

25 November, 2017

"So I just had to step up how I was doing it and the moment that I stepped up and the moment I focused all my energy on that is when things started to happen.  So there's a direct relationship between my inspiration and my output."

Talib Kweli, Poet

 

Jean Marie Basquait has inspired artists and musicians in 1980's and beyond.  Visiting his first exhibition in London UK re-emphasized to me his original appeal.  I think the thing that inspires me the most about him was his fearlessness.  Without Basquiat you wouldn't have Banksy.  Without Basquiat, Hip Hop would not be as rich.  He looked for and found avenues and conduits for ways to express himself that didn't always involve painting on a canvass.  The saying Boom for Real sums up his attitude and work output, talk is cheap and actions are real.  Shit doesn't just happen.  You have to make it happen. Basquiat was an unknown penniless artist, who approached Andy Warhol in an expensive restaurant and sold him one of his postcards for 1 dollar.  Basquiat then ran home and made a painting of the transaction and hand delivered it back to Andy Warhol in the restaurant still dripping with paint - that is what I mean by making it happen.