« I thought I was going to be a bum the rest of my life. » JMB
« I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot. » JMB
» No matter how successful he got, Basquiat always feared failure – as if he felt that any minute the approval he had finally won would be suddenly withdrawn. »He would say, do you think I’m going out of fashion, do you think I’m washed up? That was his favorite expression, » says Torton. But he couldn’t stand being a success either. His real heroes ended up bums, bankrupt, dead « .
from : Phoebe Hoban. Basquiat. A quick Killing in Art. 1998.