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Jean-Michel Basquiat - King Pleasure - Skate Deck

$220.00
Color
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Description

Presenting a custom skate deck that beautifully showcases Basquiat's iconic crown and his mesmerizing 1987 painting, King Pleasure. This deck is meticulously crafted from 7-ply North American Maple, ensuring both strength and flexibility, while the use of Epoxy Resin guarantees a smooth and reliable ride.

Whether you're cruising through the city streets or proudly displaying it on your wall, this skate deck is guaranteed to turn heads and evoke a deep connection to the spirit of creativity and self-expression that Basquiat embodied throughout his career.

The artwork featured on this deck, King Pleasure, holds a fascinating backstory. Created by Basquiat in 1987, the title references both a renowned jazz vocalist and a beloved song. The bebop-loving bartender turned singer, King Pleasure, gained fame with his hit track "Moody's Mood For Love" in 1952. This song was a favorite of WBLS DJ Frankie Crocker, who played it at the end of his show every night during the 1970s. Interestingly, Jean-Michel's father, Gerard Basquiat, also had an affinity for this tune.

Additionally, King Pleasure refers to the highly acclaimed exhibition, Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©, organized and curated by Basquiat's family. Initially displayed in New York City, this groundbreaking exhibition is now taking place in Los Angeles. It features over 200 never-before-seen and rarely shown paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera, and artifacts. The exhibition offers an intimate perspective into Basquiat's life, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal experiences, influences, and the historical context in which he thrived.

By owning this custom skate deck, you not only possess a visually stunning piece of art but also become a part of Basquiat's enduring legacy. This deck serves as a powerful symbol of creativity, individuality, and the profound impact Basquiat had on the art world.

Experience the thrill of riding or displaying this extraordinary skate deck, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of Basquiat's artistry.

© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Licensed by Artestar, New York

Technical Specifications

  • Longer deck life, holds “pop” longer
  • Individually pressed to ensure every deck is exactly the same
  • Every deck is held in a climate-controlled curing room to ensure no warpage
  • Graphics utilize both single-level and raised ink areas
  • Contributes towards the National Forest Foundation tree planting program
  • Each board measures 8 x 31.6 in. (20.3 x 80.3 cm)
Basquiat

Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the best known artists of his generation and is widely considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. His career in art spanned the late 1970s through the 1980s until his death in 1988, at the age of 27. Basquiat works are edgy and raw, and through a bold sense of color and composition, he maintains a fine balance between seemingly contradictory forces such as control and spontaneity, menace and wit, urban imagery and primitivism. The Basquiat brand embodies the values and aspirations of young, international urban culture.
The conjunction of various media is an integral element of Basquiat's art. His paintings are typically covered with text and codes of all kinds: words, letters, numerals, pictograms, logos, map symbols, diagrams and more, and featured multi-panel paintings and individual canvases with exposed stretcher bars, the surface dense with writing, collage and imagery.
Photo Credits: Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982 - Andy Warhol © The Andy Warhol Foundation

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