The OFFS First Record Cover, Art by Jean-Michel
Basquiat, "The moment graffiti met punk."
David Ferguson, Impresario, CD PRESENTS, Record
A Brief History of the Work
A year after the release of “Beat Bop” (Rammellzee, K-Rob)
in 1983, Basquiat was involved in another record cover, this time for seminal
punk rock outfit The Offs.
Basquiat illustrated the work for the album cover for his
friends, The Offs, a Punk/ Ska band originally from San Francisco. The band
moved to New York and soon became a regular act at underground venues such as
The Mudd Club and Max’s Kansas City, which were popular with artists in the
East Village scene.
With the help of their friend Andy Warhol, the band was
signed by San Francisco punk label, CD PRESENTS, and their first record was
released in 1984. David Ferguson, President of CD PRESENTS, chose to reverse
the original image done in blue and black oil stick, to white on black, keeping
more in line with the punk sensibility of the times.
In Basquiat’s typical Neo-Expressionist, primitive,
instructions-infused style, the artist repeats the band’s name three times in
the composition, placing the album’s simple title at the bottom. Using images
and symbols found throughout his work during the 1981-1983 period, in The Offs
First Record, raw oil stick lines delineating the body extend to form a crown
of thorns above the skull. This same imagery is also found in a cycle of
totemic figures realized during this early period: perhaps emphasizing the
band’s role as hero or martyr caught in the travails of the then shifting
cultural landscape, as Basquiat too saw his career experiencing this same
Venice Modern Art is pleased to exclusively present large
format Limited Edition screen prints of the image illustrated by Jean-Michel
Basquiat for The Offs First Record. Available in two sizes, editions of
85. Each print is accompanied by a numbered authentication certificate
from Venice Modern Art.
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The OFFS First Record Cover, Art by Jean-Michel Basquiat
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