OT – My Inspiration (Pt 1) Takashi Murakami

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Our environment shapes who we are without a doubt. As such, life experiences and objects of inspiration are especially influential on how we think and what we produce with our lives. At this point, any regular reader of this blog keeps coming back because you share similar interests to my own. I don’t have any automatic check list for making blog entries, I just simply share whatever I think is exciting and fresh. My interests and style is a result of a lifetime of experiences and influential figures.

Since we already share some of the same interests, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of the inspiration that resonates with me. Maybe it will excite or inspire you as well. I’ll do these posts from time to time (this being the first), lets start off with the first influential figure:

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

I first discovered Takashi Murakami in Tokyo about 5 years ago. I was walking around a new major city development called Roppongi Hills. Roppongi Hills is a futuristic, luxurious and expertly designed city in the Tokyo area. As I enjoyed the buildings, malls and gardens of the city I noticed something interesting. This new city continues to have a specific and unique identity, clearly a brilliant marketing move. Everything from posters advertising the city to sculptures to full out buses outfitted with graphics (both outside and inside the bus) were all featuring the same characters and imagery, uniquely from the mind of one man. This man is Takashi Murakami.

(this poster below was the first thing I saw and truly started my obsession with Murakami. I bought one back then (just the poster) for my home and later bought an actual signed print which is still on our wall at the office.)

Takashi Murakami


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