Quick Art Lesson Behind 50 Cent’s ‘Forever King’ Mixtape Cover

50cent_mixtape - forever king

I’m sure all of you blog/mixtape heads are familiar with the mixtape art seen above. Ever wonder where it came from? Of course you did, that’s why you’re here. The original artist behind this piece is THE richest contemporary artist of our time. His name is Damien Hirst. He dominated the British art scene in the 90’s and is the richest living artist to date. In September of 2008, he sold a complete collection for £111 million ($198 million). Not bad huh??

The original piece used for the 50 Cent cover is titled ‘For The Love of God’ (2007) which is a sculpture. The sculpture consists of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds. It was on display at London’s White Cube gallery with a generous price tag of £50 million. Yea….see below for a pic of the original piece. Class dismissed…..

damien hirst - for the love of god

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