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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Once told his father,
"papa, I will be famous one day!"
 He began his first art project as a collaboration with Al Diaz a friend and former classmate, it was a graffiti project called SAMO (Same Old Shit). 

They'd simply tag their character all around the streets of Manhattan.
Jean-Michel had the talent and the ability to paint on whatever was in front of him and he often did.

At the beginning of the 1980s, the tag "SAMO IS DEAD" began to appear all over New York City signalling the end of his collaboration with Al Diaz.

Basquiat (who sometimes spelled it Basquit) came into prominence around this time, propelled by an article by Rene Ricard for ARTFORUM magazine titled, The Radiant Child
The article brought him into public consciousness and he became famous. 
It was exactly as he'd told his father when he was very young.
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