1800 Tequila have announced that this year’s Essential Artists limited-edition series will celebrate the late, iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat will have the posthumous honor of being the artist featured in the sixth Essential Artist series, which over the years has featured a variety of talented artisans, including Gary Baseman, Studio One, and Shepard Fairey, among others. Known worldwide for his unique style and rebellious technique, Basquiat was selected as the sole artist for this year’s release; this Spring six of his original designs will adorn a limited run of special edition 1800 Tequila bottles.
“We are excited to showcase the works of a celebrated artist who was unafraid to express his uniquely creative spirit so much so that we dedicated the entire collection to one artist for the first time” said a spokesperson for 1800 Tequila. “Basquiat was a visionary, and a nonconformist role model for strength in simplicity and shared the same core values as the world’s most singularly drinkable tequila, consistently refusing to fall victim to gratuitous trend.”
The limited edition 1800 Tequila Essential Artists series bottles (750ml/40% ABV) will be available at liquor stores in select markets beginning Spring 2014 for $30.
The full press release, as well as a feature with art critic Carlo McCormick discussing the life and influence of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his bottle collaboration with 1800 Tequila, can be found in the main article.