Collection: AL Diaz

SAMO©... NOT DEAD... by Al Diaz T-Shirt

SAMO©... NOT DEAD... by Al Diaz T-Shirt

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Samo©... Since 1978 T-Shirt

Samo©... Since 1978 T-Shirt

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SAMO©... NOT DEAD... by Al Diaz Hooded Sweatshirt

SAMO©... NOT DEAD... by Al Diaz Hooded Sweatshirt

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SAMO©... Cross by Al Diaz Knit Beanie

SAMO©... Cross by Al Diaz Knit Beanie

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SAMO©... 4 The Masses T-Shirt

SAMO©... 4 The Masses T-Shirt

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SAMO©... NOT DEAD... by Al Diaz T-Shirt

SAMO©... NOT DEAD... by Al Diaz T-Shirt

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$ 42.00
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$ 42.00
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Samo©... Since 1978 T-Shirt

Samo©... Since 1978 T-Shirt

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$ 42.00
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$ 42.00
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SAMO©... 4 The Masses T-Shirt

SAMO©... 4 The Masses T-Shirt

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$ 45.00
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$ 45.00
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SAMO©... 4 The Masses Hoodie by Al Diaz Hoodie

SAMO©... 4 The Masses Hoodie by Al Diaz Hoodie

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SAMO©... 4 The Masses Hoodie by Al Diaz Hooded Sweatshirt

SAMO©... 4 The Masses Hoodie by Al Diaz Hooded Sweatshirt

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Al Diaz

 Al Diaz is best known for his friendship with Jean-Michel Basquiat and collaboration on SAMO©…, a well-known graffiti project appearing in lower Manhattan from 1978 to 1980. The tag and text slogans became known quickly on the streets and in the local newspaper media because of their wit and sardonic humor. Since Basquiat’s rise to fame, the SAMO©… legend has become a globally recognized graffito and has been celebrated as cutting social commentary throughout contemporary art history.
Al Díaz’s career spans five decades. Born and raised Puerto Rican in New York City, he was known by age 15 as a prolific and influential, first-generation subway graffiti artist. During the early 70s, his popular and recognized name was “BOMB-1.” After high school and the SAMO©… period, Díaz began to practice musical percussion, and created recordings, including a performance on Basquiat’s collectible 1983.
“Díaz is an utterly credible figure in the evolution of illicit public art, but we wouldn’t be talking about him now if he weren’t doing something that is still noteworthy.”
                       – CARLO MCCORMICK, longtime art critic for Paper Magazine