[Al Diaz image via Instagram]
Diaz grew up in the Jacob Riis Houses on Avenue D. He started writing graffiti at age 12. As a teen in the late 1970s, he and his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat collaborated on a series of cryptic messages seen around the city signed from SAMO©.
We covered a lot in 30 minutes, from the early days of graffiti in NYC to Sara Driver’s recently released documentary, “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat,” which features Diaz, to the return of SAMO© after Election 2016.
Take a listen… or download it for later…
His work will also be featured in a new gallery via Adrian Wilson coming to 57 Great Jones St. … where Basquiat lived and worked at the time of his death in 1988.
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