Urban Decay x Jean Basquiat Collab is Awkward, But The Palette Pigments Are Amazing
Basquiat was so anti-materialism.
This new collection begs the question of whether the late black artist, Jean Basquiat, would approve of the way that his work has been used in recent years to market corporate brands. Basquiat began as a graffiti artist in the 1980’s movement, counter-culture at its peak, signing under the name of “SAMO” (same old shit). One of his most popular early pieces of graffiti wrote, “SAMO as an end to mind-wash religion, nowhere politics and bogus philosophy”.
Alongside artists like Keith Harring and Andy Warhol, he began creating pieces of art that were hung in galleries. The work was anti-racism and anti-capitalism with titles such as, “Irony of Negro Policeman”. He was known not to value money and was often very poor with handling it by storing it under rugs and in books.
Urban Decay who was approached by the Basquiat estate said in a statement, “Like Urban Decay, Basquiat was an outsider who challenged the status quo and used color in nontraditional ways. From his informal graffiti work and the way he mixed mediums and colors to the way he spoke out against social injustice, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect fit for our brand”. The collection includes two eyeshadow palettes, three lipstick shades, a blush/bronzer palette, and three of the familiar glide-on eyeliners with names like “Post-Punk” and “Vivid”. To make the launch even more random, Ruby Rose from Orange Is The New Black and a Basquiat fan, will be the face of the campaign.