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This t-shirt design is in admiration of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Jean-Michel Basquiat became a very successful artist in a very short space of time. Just as well because he died tragically young at 27 of a heroin overdose.
After an unsettled childhood and dropping out of high school, Basquiat lived with friends in Brooklyn. New York city became his canvas and before long “SAMO” graffiti was seen throughout the city. “SAMO” standing for ‘same old shit’ was the result of a collaboration between Basquiat and Al Diaz in 1977. Two years later Basquiat had declared this graffiti based endeavour over when “SAMO IS DEAD” was sprayed over walls in SoHo.
From June and July 1980 Basquiat took part in the large group exhibition “Times Square Show” within a vacant building over 4 floors at 41st Street and Seventh Avenue. Organised by Fashion Moda and Collaborative Projects Incorporated, Basquiat was allotted one wall, but nevertheless made a considerable impression within the art world.
It was a chance encounter with Andy Warhol which resulted in their collaboration on canvas. Basquiat approached Warhol in a restaurant, handing him postcards decorated with his artwork. Warhol saw his raw neo-expressionist style and didn’t pass up the opportunity to work with the young artist.
From graffiti artist to bona fide seller of large canvases for even larger money, and a musician to boot, Basquiat acheived so much during his short life. To me his work still looks fresh and is inspiring while the work of many of his fellow artists appears tired.
“Believe it or not, I can actually draw.” “SAMO”
We Admire Jean-Michel Basquiat. If you do, wear our Basquiat t-shirt too. We admire Basquiat so much we have two t-shirt designs in his honour.
These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.
The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.
The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.
These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.
These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.
The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.
The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.