“I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say‘figment.’ “
Andy’s tombstone states his name, birth and death dates but no “figment”. Warhol was an artist who was more the inspiration. Much of his work was a collaboration based on his ideas. In that way, Andy lives on through his inspiration and imagination maybe not through his own ideas but through his message that you can do it, no matter how weird it may seem, just follow your imagination.
There is a museum in Pittsburgh dedicated to his work. A must see for everyone. It is interactive, fun, always changing and engaging. Often, I have done much of my Christmas shopping from the gift shop. Oh, and be sure to park in the adjoining parking garage where the floors are identified by some of his famous paintings.
You may think you know Andy and that was good enough for him.