1800 Tequila recently announced that this year’s Essential Artists limited-edition series will celebrate the late, iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. He is the sixth Essential Artist of the series, which over the years has featured a variety of talented people, 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.
The Essential Artists series is an annual collaboration for the premium tequila brand that celebrates a dynamic range of original artwork and a chance for artists to take their designs and techniques beyond traditional mediums. Each of the artists selected for past series were recognized for being both influential and inventive within their respective genres. Basquiat, who cut his teeth as a graffiti artist, signified a radical spirit and an unrelenting unwillingness to compromise in his work, carving out an entirely individual portion of liquid; housed in a revolutionary bottle, 1800 Tequila is enjoyed best singularly, sans frills, garnishes, and superfluous trends.
“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) is available at liquor stores in select markets for $30.