About Jean-Michel Basquiat Tote Bag - Carrot 85 - Pintrill
This Jean-Michel Basquiat Tote Bag represents one of the artist's most recognized work: Reok (1985). This beige cotton tote bag comes with a large carrot pin completing the famous painting.
Reok is an awe-inspiring canvas stretching up ten feet and measuring nearly seven feet wide and contains many of the iconographic symbols and elements that pervade Basquiat's work . The word "reok" is written along the bottom of the canvas and may be an invented homophone for the word "rock." By 1985, the hip-hop movement was in full force and as a connected member of a downtown conglomeration of young street minded artists, Basquiat was exposed to the lyrical, rhythmic stylings of these up and coming musicians who frequently altered language to suit their creative needs. More details on Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a New York City born and raised artist, musician, and producer. As part of the street art group named SAMO, Basquiat took advantage of a larger exposure of his art. Their art was known for their enigmatic epigrams displayed throughout the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Basquiat art style focused on themes such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation. His unique combination of text and image contributed to his fame. His pieces, such as Irony of Negro Policeman, were strongly political and direct in their address of power structure and systems of racism.
Basquiat’s young life ended tragically at the age of 27. However, hundreds of artists still honor his risky and subversive artistic insight. His countercultural focus helped usher in the idea that street art was, in fact, real art. Moreover, his social commentary has had a lasting and powerful effect.