NO, BASQUIAT WAS NOT THE FIRST
LEARN THIS NOW and you'll be so much more interesting:
Okay so before SAMO was around, before I was even thought of, and I think even before like Watergate, there were taggers emerging in NYC.. The Graffiti scene moved from Philly to NYC in the early 70s and the big "bombers" were called TAKI 183 (see right) and TRACY 168. TAKI was one of the most influential writers in its history. His "tag" was short for Demetraki, a Greek alternative for his birth-name Demetrius, and the number 183 came from his address on 183rd Street. They basically just wrote their names everywhere: even got in the New York Times.
Then stuff got fun and ppl started bombing subways so the trains would take their tags throughout the city.. God, its so beautiful. Imagine having this train pull up at the station for your daily commute. The bubble letters mainly started gaining popularity in the BRX and the style soon was expanded on to create the "wild style"
Unlike today these taggers started gaining so notoriety and the following are a few who are credited with some of the first real gorgeous pieces.
This is PHASE 2:In late 1972 that Phase 2 first used an early version of the "bubble letter" or "softie", a style of graffiti writing which would become extremely influential and is considered a "giant leap" in the art form. The marshmallow-like letters drawn by Phase 2 were soon copied by other artists who added their own variations. Phase himself quickly embellished on his original form, creating and naming dozens of varieties of softies such as "phasemagorical phantastic" (bubble letters with stars), "bubble cloud", and "bubble drip." He is also credited with pioneering the use of arrows in graf writing around this same time.
Lady Pink studied at the High School of Art & Design in Manhattan. and began writing at age fifteen. She painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985 and In 1980, she was included in the landmark New York show “GAS: Graffiti Art Success” at Fashion Moda, which traveled in a modified form downtown to The New Museum of Contemporary Art. She was one of the only Female Artists so she clearly rocks.
So all the pretty subway cars that had the art on them were scrapped.. man, how cool would it be if some one had one somewhere. I bet it would be worth hella.
By the 80's the graffiti scene had kinda moved downt ot he LES and ppl were taking it more seriously by offering some of the artists shows in galleries etc. That's when Keith Harring and SAMO got lucky enough to have the ability to legally show their work in studio spaces and Andy Warhol started getting all up on their shit..
So obvi I don't know that much but I am sick of ppl of obsessing over Basquiat. So just know there was way more that happened before he made millions, played at the Mudd Club and ODed on Heroin. Life is harsh.