Quotes by Artist Jean Michel Basquiat


“I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist or I’d draw a ram’s head, really messy. I’d never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman.”

“I had some money; I made the best paintings ever. I was completely reclusive, worked a lot; took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people.”

“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.”

“I am not a black artist, I am an artist.”


“SAMO as a neo art form”

“SAMO as an end to mindwash religion, nowhere politics and bogus philosophy.”

“SAMO as an escape clause.”

“SAMO as an end to playing art.”

“SAMO as an alternative 2 playing art with the ‘radical chic’ sect on Daddy’s $ funds.”

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See more SAMO Graffiti at the following links:




Goodreads Inc. (2014). Jean-Michel Basquiat Quotes. Retrieved March 4, 2014 from http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8245.Jean_Michel_Basquiat

ArtQuotes.net. (n.d.) Jean-Michel Basquiat Quotes. Retrieved March 4, 2014 from http://www.artquotes.net/masters/basquiat-quotes.htm 

Jay. Thou Art History. (n.d.) SAMO quotes by Jean Michel Basquiat. Retrieved March 4, 2014 from http://thouarthistory.blogspot.com/2009/03/samo-quotes-by-jean-michel-basquiat.html

Image References

Henry Flynt. (n.d.) The SAMO © Graffiti:27.[Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.henryflynt.org/overviews/artwork_images/samo/27.jpg

Henry Flynt. (n.d.) The SAMO © Graffiti:6. [Photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.henryflynt.org/overviews/artwork_images/samo/6.jpg

Centro Art. (2000). Jean-Michel Basquiat. [Art, Photograph] Retrieved from http://www.centroarte.com/Basquiat%20Jean%20Michel.htm

John Seed. (2013). Jean-Michel Basquiat: 80 Percent Anger and 20 Percent Mystery. [Photograph:Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1988:Photograph by Dmitri Kasterine. Website: www.kasterine.com. Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.] Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seed/basquiat_b_2750666.html



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