Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Occupation: Artist

From his early start as a graffiti artist, tagging up buildings all over Lower Manhattan as SAMO, Brooklyn-born Jean-Michel Basquiat not only had art in his mind, but he made an art form of the way he dressed. Whether he was wearing a graphic striped button-down shirt, or a slick tweed suit with a chambray shirt and skinny tie, Basquiat inspired a generation beyond his physical art. Basquiat was also noted for his array of unorthodox, creative hairstyle, which have been influencing young, urban-minded, artsy black males ever since.