William Van Meter’s interview with Futura 2000 for Artnet is full of memorable details. When asked about his role in the early 80s downtown art scene in Andrew Rossi’s unexpectedly poignant docuseries The Andy Warhol Diaries, he candidly acknowledges that he felt uncomfortable in that world due to homophobia. “I was batting eighth on a starting lineup,” he claims (inaccurately) as he compares himself to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He reminisces on his days as a bike messenger — shades of Quicksilver — and his role as a designer for Mo’Wax. Sadly, the piece doesn’t mention his visual work for Celluloid and his goofy but fun 1982 single, “The Escapades of Futura 2000.”
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