Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection just launched with two eyeshadow palettes, one blush palette, three lipsticks, three eyeliners, and a few makeup bags (which I think may be all sold out). There is (was?) also a Vault edition, which included all of the products (except the makeup bags) within a box. Each of the palettes (along with the Vault itself) is designed to be hung on the wall and has a cut-out on the back for hanging. I just received everything late yesterday and finished editing photos mere moments ago, but I will do my best to get reviews up ASAP!
While Basquiat’s state approached Urban Decay to create the collection, the collection is not without concerns from those who have been drawn in and inspired by Basquiat’s work. Some of the artist’s supporters have expressed concern over the commercialization of the artist’s work (generally) and the lack of a model of color in the collection’s campaign, both said to be inconsistent with some of the themes shown throughout Basquiat’s body of work. A third issue raised is with respect to Urban Decay’s usage of drug-related names (like Junkie, Druggie, Bump, etc.) when Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at 27 years old and how those two can be reconciled. Others who enjoy Basquiat’s work are excited for the collaboration and the acknowledgment of the artist’s influence, along with the possibility of making his work more widely known. As always, we invite thoughtful and critical discussion and debate but ask everyone to be respectful.