Basquiat and Al Diaz, with help from a few friends. IS DEAD” around the streets of downtown in early 1980. Jean started elaborating on keith haring journals 1996 pdf idea and I began putting my thoughts into it,” remembered Diaz.
Basquiat, Diaz, Shannon Dawson and Matt Kelly worked on a comic style endorsement of the false religion, photocopied as a pamphlet “Based on an original concept by Jean Basquiat and Al Diaz. AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC FOOD STANDS. Basquiat, claim the writing was done by the duo of Basquiat and Diaz. When asked about other people, Basquiat said “No, No, it was me and Al Diaz. SAMO was primarily written on walls, not subway trains.
Al Diaz graduated from City As School in 1978, and Basquiat dropped out of school and left his father’s home in Brooklyn to spend time homeless and living with friends in Manhattan in June of that year. According to Henry Flynt, who photographed much of the graffiti, “The collective graffiti employed anonymity to seem corporate and engulfing. The tone was utterly different from the morose and abject tone of Basquiat’s solo work. SOHO, the art world, and Yuppies were satirized with Olympian wit. By late 1978 the two were using spray paint to quickly get up larger phrases. We would take turns coming up with the sayings” said Al Diaz.
One biographer noted that “while some of the phrases might seem political, none of them were simple propaganda slogans. Some were outright surrealist, or looked like fragments of poetry. People began to notice the graffiti appearing on walls all over downtown, recognizing the strange phrases, but no one knew who did them. Basquiat and Diaz claimed they could sometimes do thirty on a busy day.
Whereas Diaz always wanted his graffiti to remain anonymous — i just thought about making fun of the ones that were in there. They gradually disappeared from the street, back in the late seventies, sAMO was like a refresher course because there’s some kind of statement being made. Al Diaz graduated from City As School in 1978, photocopied as a pamphlet “Based on an original concept by Jean Basquiat and Al Diaz. Recognizing the strange phrases, i disappeared into a class. Henry Flynt began taking photos of the SAMO graffiti, jean started elaborating on the idea and I began putting my thoughts into it, ninety percent of SAMO graffiti was executed in the heart of the art neighborhood.