November 18, 2013

Notification Concerning the Relationship (or Lack thereof) between Takashi Murakami's Artworks and Ms. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Eyeball Motifs, Etc.

Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. hereby announces that Takashi Murakami has no relationship whatsoever to Ms. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and has never provided any of his artworks to or collaborated with her.
We have been aware for some time now of online comments pointing out the similarities of her eyeball motifs and general design concepts to those of Takashi Murakami. Recently, however, we started receiving an increasing number of queries concerning this matter, both domestically and internationally, and therefore have decided to post this notification.
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Top: Tan Tan Bo Puking - a.k.a. Gero Tan, 2002
Bottom: Tan Tan Bo, 2001

The design in which the eyeballs infinitely multiply came to being in Murakami's collaboration project with Issey Miyake. This resulted from the fact that eyeballs were already idiosyncratic features in Murakami's paintings. Since then, the motif has expanded further in his paintings, sculptures, and animations, generating the multicolor variations in the process. Through his collaborations with Louis Vuitton (2003-), Yuzu (2005-), Kanye West (2007), Pharrell Williams (2008), among others, the eyeballs have been one of Murakami's key visuals.

Kaikai Kiki started receiving queries about Ms. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu immediately after she released the music video of her song, "PONPONPON" (2011). In the video, eyeball motifs were used on her costume and for other visuals. Since then, we have been receiving many queries, especially after the product development of "Mameshipamyupamyu" (TV Dogatch, 2011-) using multicolor eyeballs and when she promoted her costume for the 2012 Kohaku Uta Gassen.

We are now receiving an increasing number of queries as a result of the "Ora2 Kyary Hamyugaki Project" (Sunstar Inc.), which started in October 2013.

As explained above, however, we hereby notify our customers and all concerned that there is no relationship whatsoever between Ms. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Takashi Murakami.

<Examples of Collaborations>

Left: Issey Miyake Spring/Summer 2000 Collection Runway
Right: Kaikai Kiki: SUPERFLAT, Solo Exhibition, Issey Miyake Men, Tokyo, 2000

Louis Vuitton Collaboration Series
Left: Eye Love SUPERFLAT, 2003
Right: SUPERFLAT Monogram, 2003