The World of Basquiat’s SAMO Recreated in Short Film

The World of Basquiat’s SAMO Recreated in Short Film

Definitely not the same ol’ Basquiat tribute, this short film by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahan brings together vintage footage, animation and original music by producer Squeak E. Clean’s NASA to recreate the atmosphere in which Jean-Michel Basquiat and his friend Al Diaz came up with the “SAMO” tag.

Ubiquitous in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood SAMO’s graffiti was text and message driven, in fact, SAMO was conceived as a name for a drug that was a cure-all for societies ills.

SAMO’s subversive run only lasted from 1977 to 1980 when tags started declaring that “SAMO© is Dead.” Watch the film above and let us know what you think of it.