Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Illustration & Samo tag

While perusing my photo files, I came across this gem: an illustration by Jean Michel Basquiat published in the SoHo Weekly News on October 5th, 1978. This may, in fact, be Jean Michel’s first published artwork.

Note that this copy has been signed by the young master himself using his graffiti tag “Samo,” short for “same old shit.” In this context, the tag seems to be a reference to our nation’s love of money.

This illo appeared two months before the famous Village Voice article that really introduced Jean Michel to most of the downtown scene.

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