We had the good fortune of connecting with London Basquiat (King) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi London, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think that the most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is my drive . My constant WANT to succeed. To win. To get better, and be better. I did not come from much growing up. I was never given the necessary tools in order to succeed. With every obstacle that has been given to me throughout my years on this earth, I refuse to give up. I drive through pain. I’ve driven myself through homelessness, being outside painting with nowhere to go, no where to be and being hungry.. everything I have now is because of art. When I first started making art, no one was supporting me, but I started to love it. It made me want to live, want to do something and get better at it. I witnessed other artists being able to make money off art and so I drove myself until I could do the same . Now I am selling stuff all over the world, working with celebs, and big corporations like Macy’s and traveling to drop big paintings off. Drive will get you everywhere you need to be. No car necessary.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what sets me apart from other artists is my raw approach. I’m wanting and willing to let all of my emotions go and even write them on the canvas . Everything I do is authentic and from me even if it was created before . It’s an interpretation of me. Everything I create is 1 of 1 and for a single individual making it authentically different . I also hand paint everything I create and I do everything I do at a high level.
One of my most proud moments was getting my works of art in my first gallery space ,. The constant celebrities that contact me for work and receiving love from all over . I have soo much in the works and I’m thankful .
It’s been a long road and long journey. From being on the streets to painting inside of a Macy’s store . Getting invited to events around the world and talking to celebrities and feeling like one yourself . Nothing is easy and never has been. It’s actually been really hard, and I feel as tho as you continue to succeed it’s harder to get through certain doors because people know what will happen if you get just a bit more help. Everything has been taken and nothing given. Most of my oppertunity I’ve worked for , asked for it , or it’s come from me being consistent and creating the way I do. It’s the work that has gotten me where I am. I’d like people to know how must of a pure human being I am before my work. I think if anyone could sit with me for a half hour, they’d love me and understand why and how I create .
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I wouldn’t really say I’m much of an itinerary planner lol. I’m more of a ( I’m fine with doing nothing ) . My life is literally consumed with work, and when I do want to go have fun it’s not in my city lol I’d much rather take a trip. Covid has been a real downer for trips, but I would say just about anything . Going to create , the beach, arcade , amusement park. Or yea just take a trip lol I’m a home body
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give thanks to my best friend @indicaluv96 her names Tatyana ..my best friend, my assistant and my right hand . I’ve gotten assistance throughout my life in regards to small things I’ve wanted to do, but I’ve never been given the help and love until I met this woman. She helps me with my daily duties with my brand , emails, calls, messages, helps with my daily life and with anything I need she’s there. With her being in my life , everything has doubled as well as my oppertunity. She’s able to talk to people I can’t, and won’t. She’s able to receive the love from certain people that won’t give the same to the male gender. Team work makes the dream work and I’ve learned that with her being in my life . I’m thankful for her .
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