Basquiat first gained popularity in New York City as a graffiti artist in the early 80's and then later as a successful 1980s-era Neo-expressionist artist. He had firends with big names like Andy Warhol and habits that included some nasty drugs like heroine which eventually took his life. During his young days as a tag artist in NYC he and his buddy used the tag signature of SAMO which was short for same old sh*t.
Here he is in his setting.
Here are the shoes that pay tribute.