"Self-Portrait (1981)" by Jean-Michel Basquiat
Let’s talk about the “Curse of the J”. In case you don’t know it, there is a long list of rock musicians, whose names start with J, which died early tragic deaths. Here are a few: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Croce, and John Lennon. It also appears to be a curse for artists as well i.e. Jackson Pollack. Jean-Michel joined the list at the age of 27, tragically dying of a heroin overdose. I think this Self-Portrait done at the age of 21 was a pretty good indication young JMB was a bit troubled. What about Gary Joseph Nay? Don’t worry, too old for an early tragic death.