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Takashi Murakami skateboard deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (Murakami set of 3 skate decks)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks 2019: Unique, vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art that hangs with ease. Medium: Silkscreen on Maple Wood Skateboard Decks. Dimen...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami skate deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kik...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami skateboard deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami red flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck (Takashi Murakami Flowers as Ohana-Chang): A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks (Set of 2 Murakami flowers skate decks)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 2 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks 2017 & 2019: A vibrant set of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit...
Category

1980s Street Art More Art

Materials

Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard decks: set of 2 (Takashi Murakami skate)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: Set of 2 (2017 & 2019): A vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art set produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit...
Category

1980s Pop Art Figurative Prints

Materials

Wood, Screen

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami black flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck (Black and White) A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Oct...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (Set of 2)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 2 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks 2017 & 2019: A vibrant set of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks: A vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Oc...
Category

1980s Street Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks A vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Oc...
Category

1980s Street Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own Le...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami skate deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kik...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami skate deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kik...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami skateboard deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami skate deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kik...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami skateboard deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami skate deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kik...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Offset, Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph

Takashi Murakami skateboard deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami skate deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skateboard Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kik...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Lithograph, Offset, Wood, Mixed Media

Takashi Murakami DOB Skateboard Decks (Set of 3 Takashi Murakami skate decks)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami DOB Skateboard Decks 2018 A fun, vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series. A brilliant Murakami skate triptych that makes ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami skateboard deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami skateboard deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami red flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck (Takashi Murakami Flowers as Ohana-Chang): A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, MC...
Category

1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples

Materials

Screen, Wood

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki co....
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Street Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Street Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Offset, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Wood

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Street Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Street Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset, Wood

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Deck
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eats Its Own...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck: A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai ...
Category

1980s Pop Art Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Mixed Media, Lithograph, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Street Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami black flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (Murakami set of 3 skate decks)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks 2019: Unique, vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art that hangs with ease. Medium: Silkscreen on Maple Wood Skateboard Decks. Dimen...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (Murakami set of 3 skate decks)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks 2019: Unique, vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art that hangs with ease. Medium: Silkscreen on Maple Wood Skateboard Decks. Dimen...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Screen

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (Murakami set of 3 skate decks)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks 2019: Unique, vibrant Takashi Murakami wall art that hangs with ease. Medium: Silkscreen on Maple Wood Skateboard Decks. Dimen...
Category

1980s Pop Art Mixed Media

Materials

Wood, Screen

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami black flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami & Madsaki Skateboard Deck (Murakami Madsaki Flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami, Madsaki Flowers Skateboard Deck A collaboration between Takashi Murakami and the rising Japanese artist 'Madsaki' (bio below). The impression is an urban twist on ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art More Art

Materials

Screen, Maple

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami black flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck (Black and White) A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in 2018 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai Kiki...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami black flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Takashi Murakami Flowers Skate Deck A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a completely sold out, limited series in 2019 in conjunction with Complexcon and Kaikai K...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Murakami Flowers skateboard deck (Takashi Murakami black flowers)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Murakami Flowers Skate Deck (Black and White) A vibrant piece of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Octopus Eat...
Category

1980s Pop Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks (set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flaming Skulls Skateboard Decks 2018 A vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series. A brilliant set that makes for vibrant on...
Category

1980s Street Art More Art

Materials

Offset, Wood

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks (set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flaming Skulls Skateboard Decks 2018 A vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series. A brilliant set that makes for vibrant on...
Category

1980s Street Art More Art

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami Skateboard Decks (set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flaming Skulls Skateboard Decks 2018 A vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series. A brilliant set that makes for vibrant on...
Category

1980s Street Art More Art

Materials

Wood, Offset

Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks (set of 3)
By Takashi Murakami
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami Flowers Skateboard Decks A vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series in conjunction with the 2017 Murakami exhibit: The Oc...
Category

1980s Street Art More Art

Materials

Offset

Set of 3 Takashi Murakami DOB Skateboard Decks
By Takashi Murakami
Located in Toronto, CA
Set of 3 Takashi Murakami DOB Skateboard Decks. A fun, vibrant triptych of Takashi Murakami wall art produced as a limited series. A brilliant Murakami skate triptych that makes for...
Category

2010s Pop Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Wood, Maple, Offset, Screen

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Takashi Murakami Deck For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact takashi murakami deck you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. There are many Pop Art, Street Art and Contemporary versions of these works for sale. If you’re looking for a takashi murakami deck from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 20th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. On 1stDibs, the right takashi murakami deck is waiting for you and the choices span a range of colors that includes brown, beige, blue and gray. Artworks like these — often created in offset print, wood and lithograph — can elevate any room of your home. A large takashi murakami deck can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while smaller examples are available — approximately spanning 31 high and 8 wide — and may be better suited to a more modest living area.

How Much is a Takashi Murakami Deck?

The price for a takashi murakami deck in our collection starts at $260 and tops out at $2,450 with the average selling for $625.

Takashi Murakami Biography and Important Works

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami may be famous among collectors for his psychedelic flowers and chaotic cartoons, but artists likely know him as the theorist behind the contemporary art movement he calls “Superflat.”

Partially inspired by the Pop art of Andy Warhol, in which celebrity culture and mundane mass-produced items became the focus of bright and colorful works that both celebrated and criticized consumerism, Murakami’s Superflat encompasses painting, sculpture, digital design and more to present a subversive look at consumerism but is also an effort to blend fine art and lowbrow culture. A multifaceted and remarkably influential artist as well as a compulsive art collector, Murakami has collaborated with brands such as Louis Vuitton, while one of his most famous Superflat works is the teddy bear on the cover of the Graduation album by American rapper Kanye West.

In 1993 Murakami earned his Ph.D. from Tokyo University of the Arts, where he was trained in nihonga, a style of painting that originated in the late 19th century by artists who worked to preserve and promote the conventions and processes associated with traditional Japanese art. While practicing nihonga, Murakami began to realize that his beliefs didn’t align with the tradition, so his art subsequently took on a satirical feel that embodied a critique of the movement. Before long, his style took a drastic turn, embracing otaku, a rising postwar cultural phenomenon among Japan’s younger crowd who loved anime and manga. (Otaku is also integral to Superflat.)

This is when Murakami’s most well-known character, Mr. DOB, was born. This anime-inspired icon, which Americans might interpret as a cross between Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat given its pronounced ears and broad and menacing grin, was part of the artist’s endeavor to elevate the otaku subculture but also to target mass consumerism. While Murakami conceived of Mr. DOB years ahead of his 2000-era Superflat theory, there is much common ground between the two. Not unlike his other creations, Murakami’s Mr. DOB is equal parts erotic, disturbing and cartoonish — an incisive mockery of the mingling of commerce and fine art so prevalent in Japanese popular culture.

Find original Takashi Murakami prints, sculptures and more on 1stDibs.