City Edition


Brooklyn Nets
City Edition

The 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets City Edition uniform is inspired by the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist with generational talent whose true impact on drawing, painting, music, fashion and more would not be felt until after his passing. The Nets City Edition platform aims to celebrate Basquiat’s work by giving a voice to the voiceless, paying homage to the greats and thanking those who have represented Brooklyn and all it has to offer.

The Jersey

The uniform pays homage to Basquiat by incorporating some of the most notable elements of his artwork.


The BKLYN NETS lettering across the chest is inspired by Basquiat’s signature style.


The crown, found on the shorts, is similar to the one present in much of Basquiat’s art. The Nets also see the crown as a representation of our home, Kings County.


The multi-colored stripe down the side of the uniform reflects a style that is prevalent in much of Basquiat’s work.


Basquiat’s signature style of writing his name is also present on the bottom of the jersey, and can be found on much of his artwork.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Born on December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a revolutionary artist and painter whose inspiration came largely from his upbringing. With a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother who resided in Boerum Hill, his diverse cultural background set the stage for much of his artwork.

Basquiat painted in a way that recognized and popularized Black heritage in art. He used his artwork to explore himself, and used his art as social commentary. Basquiat has also been credited with bringing the African-American and Latino experience into the elite art world.

While known for his signature style-art, Basquiat’s signature element was a crown; his way of celebrating Black people as majestic royalty.

Jean-Michel Basquiat died in 1988, but his work remains a fixture in the art world.

To learn more about Jean-Michel Basquiat, please visit the Estate’s official website.

Untitled Skull, 1981

King Alphonso, 1983

Untitled Skull, 1981

The Field Next to the Other Road, 1981


Untitled (Boxer),1982

The Collection


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