& relevant.


these (very) limited edition prints become available . . on the 30th of August 2019.

Distassi Art Presents: 2 Al Diaz Limited Edition Prints . . .
‘Tolerate Civilization’ & ‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’

“With a . . career that spans 5 decades, this first generation NYC subway graffiti artist is bringing his poignant works to London.
Distassi Art is proud to announce 2 very limited edition / prints marking Diaz’s . . debut transatlantic partnership.
‘Tolerate Civilization’ . . sees the New Yorker explore notions of society, with various historical references.
‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’ . . sets military imagery against blooming flowers.
Both pieces contain WET PAINT lettering / i.e. slicing out individual letters & then reassembling them to form socially-charged messages, and SAMO tags.”
these carefully crafted editions will be printed by . . House of Roulx.
~Distassi Press Release

set to sell . . . at 425 GBP / $521.84 USD, the prints will be available via Distassi Art’s ‘Spotlight’ online / portal,
and will be sold exclusively – through this London-based dealer.
~ sized at 18 x 24 in., the prints include a small white border for easy framing.
~ printed on premium Hahanemuhle William Turner matte fine art paper, 310 GSM, they are flat sheets – not off a roll.
~ they are hand-cut, with hand-deckled edges, and are hand-varnished twice post-print.
~ they are printed with archival pigment in the US.
~ this is a limited edition print run of 20 pieces each.
~ an artist proof is also available (600 GBP / $736.71 USD).

see: Distassi Art
see: AL DIAZ – SAMO / Distassi Art
see: SAMO / BASQUIAT & AL DIAZ .. Wikipedia & A GREAT READ !!
see: Al Diaz – artist website

a few golden nuggets from the above resources:
~ AL DIAZ was tagging trains of the New York subway, in the 70s – aged 12, as ‘Bomb-One.’
~ in the years between 1977-79, Al and his high school buddy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, were covering the walls of Lower Manhattan with: SAMO.
so, go back & read those links / they are super fun,
and informative. these 2 kids blew-up the art scene, single-handedly.
it was quite the rebel / collaborative . . moment.

AL DIAZ . . signing the limited edition Distassi print:
‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’.
image via Instagram @albert_diaz

AL DIAZ . . ‘Because War is just a 3 Lettered Word’ / Distassi Art
image courtesy & copyright of . . Distassi Art

AL DIAZ . . signing the limited edition Distassi print:
‘Tolerate Civilization’.
image via Instagram @albert.diaz

AL DIAZ, ‘Tolerate Civilization’ / Distassi Art
image courtesy & copyright of . . Distassi Art