- He's the only visual artist to be named in Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People';
- Has worked with Kanye West to design his Graduation album;
- Collaborated with then Louis Vuitton creative director, Marc Jacobs, to put his own spin on the monogram to create the 'Multicolore' monogram collection;
- Teamed up with Supreme, Off-White™, Vans, Visvim and COMME des GARÇONS, interpreting them through his psychedelic, anime-inspired lens;
- His work is consistently showcased at various major galleries around the world; and
- Briefly broke the Internet by falsely identifying a bag carried by Virgil Abloh as the Louis Vuitton accessory designed by Abloh. (The faux pas was corrected when it came to light that the bag was actually a Kim Jones design.)
Okay, that last point isn't an accolade or collaboration, but it is a testament to Murakami's influence over the pop culture lexicon. You get our drift.
Murakami's latest effort sees him teaming up with two other Japanese giants—Uniqlo and Doraemon. The Doraemon UT collection has Murakami reprising his work, 'Anna koto iina dekitara iina', that was taken from the famous comic strip and first shown at the Doraemon Exhibition in Tokyo last year. The capsule collection consists of 15 items ranging from men's and kid's T-shirts, and even a Doraemon plush toy.
For the artist who has made his mark straddling the dichotomy between high and low art, this could be his greatest work yet. Alongside the iconic Doraemon, and distributing the pieces through Japan's fast fashion retail giant, this affordable capsule collection is one that truly blurs the line between commercialism and art.
In the ethos of Murakami's recent focus on melding eastern and western influences, check out this video of Childish Gambino—Doraemon mash-up.