About Jean-Michel Basquiat – Skateboard Triptych Robot (1983)
Bringing together tradition and contemporary culture, this Jean-Michel Basquiat Skateboard Triptych features a reproduction of Basquiat’s work In Italian (1983). Although Jean-Michel Basquiat titled the artwork ‘In Italian’, several words are included that derive from other European languages such as the word ‘Sangre’, which means blood in Spanish. Instead, Basquiat could have been alluding to the painting’s graffiti style. The word ‘graffiti’ originates from the Italian term ‘graffito’ (scratched) which was used by archaeologists to refer to inscriptions found on the walls of ancient ruins such as the Catacombs of Rome.
This exclusive and limited edition set of three skate decks made in collaboration between The Skateroom and The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat mixes the energies of underground culture and legendary artists. The Skateroom is a platform for promoting, selling and producing art on skateboards that supports youth-empowering organizations. More details on Jean-Michel Basquiat – Skateboard Triptych In Italian (1983):
- Dimensions (Individual Decks): 31″ H x 8″ W
- Material: 7-ply Canadian Maple Wood
- Includes printed Basquiat signature on top
- Each deck comes with a fixture – ready to be mounted on your wall
- Wheels and trucks are not included
- © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
About Jean-Michel Basquiat
Synonymous with New York in the 1980s, the artist first appeared in the late 1970s under the tag SAMO, spraying caustic comments and fragmented poems on the walls of the city. He appeared as part of a thriving underground scene of visual arts and graffiti, hip-hop, post-punk, and DIY filmmaking, which met in a booming art world. As a painter with a strong personal voice, Basquiat soon broke into the established milieu, exhibiting in galleries around the world. Basquiat’s expressive style was based on raw figures and integrated words and phrases. His work is inspired by a pantheon of luminaries from jazz, boxing, and basketball, with references to arcane history and the politics of street life—so when asked about his subject matter, Basquiat answered “royalty, heroism and the streets.” In 1983 he started collaborating with the most famous of art stars, Andy Warhol, and in 1985 was on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. When Basquiat died at the age of 27, he had become one of the most successful artists of his time.