Wednesday, June 30, 2010



The artist who introduced Jean Michel-Basquiat to the A Train and who originated the styles of others, such as MF Doom and Cypress Hill, has passed.

He was an eccentric, outsize figure almost never photographed without wearing one of the elaborate science-fiction inspired masks and costumes that he made along with the sculpture and paintings that became the mainstays of his career in later years. He fashioned himself as an urban philosopher, whose overarching theory, which he called Gothic Futurism, posited that graffiti writers were trying to liberate the mystical power of letters from the strictures of modern alphabetical standardization and had inherited this mission in part from medieval monks.

They just do not make them like this anymore...

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