Graffiti Legend Al Diaz Talks Dropping Acid With Basquiat In New Documentary Clip [Exclusive]
Boom For Real follows Jean-Michel Basquiat’s pre-fame life in New York City, where he develops the New York art scene.
In the three decades that have passed since Jean-Michael Basquiat death from a heroin overdose, his legend and legacy have both grown to mythic proportions. His work, however regular it might seem (a piece of a wall or a door with his SAMO tag), goes for multiples of millions of dollars. His pieces have been seen all over the world, while fellow important figures in art like Jay-Z and others purchase his items as investment for future generations.
Before all the fame and infamy, Basquiat was an aspiring artist in New York City, which is being spotlighted in a new documentary titled Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Directed by Sara Driver, viewers are transported back in time to when the East Village was a hub of highs, lows, creative milestones, and when Basquiat was still finding his voice. We were fortunate enough to get an exclusive clip featuring New York graffiti legend Al Diaz putting color and context on just how wild that time was by detailing a moment where he and Basquiat dropped acid together.
Boom for Real features never-before-seen works, writings, photographs and more from Basquiat’s life pre-fame, as well as commentary from friends and other artists from that time period. Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quinones, Jim Jaramusch, Patricia Field, and many others are featured in this must-see, must-own work of art. It is an intriguing look at what made New York such a draw for out-of-towners, plus serves as a timestamp of how Gotham looked before Giuliani changed everything.
Watch the Boom for Real exclusive clip above, and be sure to cop your ticket to see the project in full when it drops Friday, May 11 in select theaters.