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Watch as participants including Fab 5 Freddy and Jean-Michel Basquiat discuss their intentions behind works of art

In 1981, during an era that would create the foundations to art and Hip Hop culture today, the “Fun Gallery” quickly became the epicenter for artists in NY’s Lower East Side (LES). Staples in the graffiti community made their way from local known figures to global symbols of the culture; from street life, to Hip Hop, and even punk.


Jean-Michel Basquiat, a member of the 27 club, found new light and relevancy as the culture which he helped propagate revived his image. As artists in the music business became business men, they eventually gave back by paying homage to their childhood heroes. For example, when Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross did everything they could to lift Reebok‘s campaign from the graves of Nike‘s reign, by re-releasing Basquiat themed apparel.

As we speak, communities like LES of the 80’s are now brewing new talented visionaries. Soon enough we will look back at today’s daring young artists and pay respect as they become yesterday’s story for today’s opportunity. These were once just young kids from a busy city trying to make their mark. Well done, these pioneers have helped to influence an entire generation.


– Hurtjohn