SAMO©... by Al Diaz Collab


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SAMO is a graffiti tag used on the streets of New York City from 1977 to early 1980. It accompanied short phrases, in turns poetic and sarcastic, mainly painted on the streets of downtown Manhattan.

The tag, written with a copyright symbol as "SAMO©...", and pronounced Same-Oh[1] has been primarily associated with the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, but was developed mainly as a collaboration between Basquiat and Al Diaz, with help from a few friends. Diaz had previously been part of the New York graffitiscene (he knew the first writer of sayings, FLINT.i..For Those Who Dare when they both attended the High School of Art and Design) using the tag "Bomb I". Later Basquiat took on the tag himself, creating some non-graffiti work on paper and canvas using that tag, just before and after killing off the SAMO graffiti by painting "SAMO© IS DEAD" around the streets of downtown in early 1980.