David Choe (born April 21, 1976, Los Angeles, California) is an American painter, muralist, graffiti artist and graphic novelist of Korean descent. He achieved art world success with his "dirty style" figure paintings—raw, frenetic works which combine themes of desire, degradation, and exaltation. Outside of galleries, he is closely identified with the bucktoothed whale he has been spray-painting on the streets since he was in his teens.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist, He started as a graffiti writer in New York City, Basquiat incorporated words into his paintings. Before his career as a painter began he produced punk-inspired postcards for sale on the street, and become known for the political–poetical graffiti under the name of SAMO. and in the 1980s produced Neo-expressionist painting. Basquiat died of a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988.