At the same time, it was during the 1980s that several graffiti artists made the move into conventional art venues, achieving international recognition in the process. The most famous postmodernist artists who achieved this were Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88) and Keith Haring (1958-90), both of whom enjoyed meteoric rises before abruptly self-destructing - from a heroin overdose and AIDS, respectively. See also the collages and street art of New Yorker David Wojnarowicz (1954-92). Since then, a significant number of graffiti artists have achieved success in mainstream postmodernist art - including: Blade, Daze, DZINE, Futura 2000, Mike Giant, Pursue, Rime, Noah, The Mac, and in particular the 123Klan, The Badbc, and the Force Alphabetique crew.
Keith Haring was another well-known graffiti artist who brought Pop Art and graffiti to the commercial mainstream. In the 1980s, Haring opened his first Pop Shop: a store that offered everyone access to his works, which until then could only be found spray-painted on city walls. Pop Shop offered commodities such as bags and t-shirts. Haring explained that "The Pop Shop makes my work accessible. It's about participation on a big level, the point was that we didn't want to produce things that would cheapen the art. In other words, this was still art as statement." [ citation needed ]
Tags , designs , and styles of writing are commonplace on clothing and are an influence on many of the corporate logos . Many skateparks and similar youth-oriented venues are decorated with commissioned graffiti-style artwork, and in many others patrons are welcome to leave their own. There is still, however, a fine line between vandalism as an artform, as a political statement , and as a crime . Bristol -born guerrilla artist Banksy is an example: when councils have removed his works, they have been met by public outrage. Banksy's claim is that official vandalism is far worse than that perpetrated by individuals, and that he is decorating buildings of no architectural merit whatsoever. [ citation needed ]