I am not the next Pac or Biggie
Nor Erykah, Jermaine Cole, or Ms. Hill
Their expertise is deep instilled
My knowledge is unripe, and uprooted
The JMB of poetry
Misunderstood but appreciated
Voices of a libraries walls
Our gifts louder than 42nd Street
New Yorkers at heart
Foreign by blood
Bohemian by passion
Do what you feel
Three spiked crown
One more than Lucifer
Brain graffitied by illness
Hands graffitied the illest
[02/13/14 8:03 PM]
Jean-Michel Basquiat can be described as three things: misunderstood, misguided, and a legend. Misunderstood by many. Misguided by few. A legend to all.
Although his life was short lived, he accomplished things he could only dream of. Basquiat went from sleeping in a cardboard box, in an NYC park, to a well sought-after artist. He started off as a graffiti artist, by the name of SAMO, and is now the most well-known painter of his time. His name, and art lived on long after he died.
Through all the judgment and criticism, he never changed who he was, or his artwork. JMB inspires me to never conform. I am going to continue to do what I love, and do it my way. All while trying to keep myself together, and remain humble.
Being the “I like art” type girl that I am, I had heard the name Basquiat before. However, I never really knew his story, until the summer of 2013. I came across the documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child on Netflix. After watching it, I was hooked. My journalist instincts kicked in, and I began doing research. It’s safe to say, I became a little obsessed with him, and his journey. I watched the documentary an embarrassingly amount of times. (I am only obsessed with two people, both legends. Robert Nesta Marley, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I am just cool like that.)
This summer I watched his bio-pic Basquiat, also on Netflix, and fell in love with his story even more. (This is not a Netflix advertisement, I swear.) Jeffrey Wright, did an amazing job as Basquiat, in his break out role.
The photos of Basquiat, that are being circulated now, are all the same. They show off his dreadlocks, in his signature hairstyle, and are most likely in color. I want to shine a light on the creator behind the hair, and the colorful masterpieces. A simple, black and white head-shot captures him perfectly.