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How Takashi Murakami Became the Mastermind Behind Kanye West’s “Graduation”
In 2007, Takashi Murakami was approached by Kanye West to design the cover for his third studio album, “Graduation.” The result was one of the most iconic and memorable album covers of all time.
Murakami is a Japanese artist who specializes in the style of pop art known as Superflat. His work often includes bright colors and cartoon-like characters, and his designs have been featured on a variety of products, including Louis Vuitton bags and Kanye West’s album covers. West first met Murakami in 2006, when the artist was asked to create a sculpture for the hip-hop mogul’s 30th birthday party. The two hit it off immediately, and when West asked Murakami to design the cover for “Graduation,” the artist was more than happy to oblige.
The cover features a close-up of Murakami’s signature character, Mr. DOB, peering over a row of graduation caps. The image is both playful and ominous, and it perfectly captures the tone of West’s album. Murakami later said that he was honored to have been asked to design the cover, and that it was a great privilege to work with someone as talented as Kanye West. The “Graduation” album cover is just one example of Murakami’s many iconic designs. He has also created artwork for a variety of other products, including the cover of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue in 2006.
Murakami is a highly sought-after artist, and his work has fetched millions of dollars at auction. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of our time.