The Brooklyn-based artist is a cult figure in the sneaker and street scene who counts Nike, A Bathing Ape, MEDICOM TOY, Neighborhood, and Casio as some of his many long-time collaborators. His works have been exhibited at and collected by MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. He is best recognized for his iconography, which includes spray nozzles, arrows, and splats often sprayed or scribbled in blue.
Franklin has exhibited with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Futura, among others, and was the first graffiti artist to go into streetwear in the ’90s. His releases are highly-prized, collected by the likes of Virgil Abloh, Kanye West, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Fraser Cooke and Nigo. In 2019, some of his pieces appeared in a Sotheby’s auction of Nigo’s collection.
May 14, 2021