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Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. Early on, Basquiat displayed a proficiency in art which was encouraged by his mother. In 1977, Basquiat, along with friend Al Diaz begins spray painting cryptic aphorisms on subway trains and around lower Manhattan and signing them with the name SAMO© (Same Old Shit). "SAMO© as an end to mindwash religion, nowhere politics, and bogus philosophy," "SAMO© saves idiots," "Plush safe he think; SAMO© ." In 1978 Basquiat left home for good and quit school just one year before graduating form high school.

He lived with friends and began selling hand painted postcards and T-shirts. In June of 1980, Basquiat's art was publicly exhibited for the first time in a show . Basquiat continued to exhibit his work around New York City and in Europe, participating in shows along with the likes of Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger. Basquiat had a fare amount of success throughout his life. He was an excessive drug user and on August 12, 1988, he died as the result of a heroin overdose. He was 27.

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