Create a Tag!

In Hollywood Africans, Jean-Michel Basquiat included words and images that refer to the kinds of stereotyped roles that African American actors have been asked to play in the movies. He also added his self-portrait on the right, and a crown on the bottom left that is his graffiti tag, or signature. Basquiat invented special signs and codes that have different meanings, and he often crossed out words or phrases in his works. He said that crossing them out made people want to read them even more!

Create your own tag! Use a piece of paper and colored pencils or crayons to combine pictures, words, numbers, and symbols that represent you. Add lines or cross things out to draw attention to certain parts of your tag.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983. Acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 84 1/16 x 84 in. (213.5 x 213.4 cm). Gift of Douglas S. Cramer 84.23. © 2015 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat/ ADAGP, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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