Takashi Murakami is a renowned Japanese artist who’ve spear-headed and popularized the art style of Super Flats. Takashi’s works have been seen in collabs with high-end fashion houses, such as Louis Vuitton, the world’s most influential musicians, such as Kanye West and Pharrell, and his art have sprawled the worlds most historic art gallery such as Versailles. To me, Takashi represents a living legend and a national treasure. So when we got news that he would make his first stop in Dallas TX at the Dallas Art Museum to promote his first directorial film efforts, Jellyfish Eyes, in an 11 stop tour around the U.S., we reserved our tickets and made the long drive to spend an evening with the artist himself.
The event was very intimate, as there were only limited of spots for attendees in the know about this exclusive premiere. There were likely around 150 people that were allowed at the premiere. And with such a small gathering, Takashi Murakami graced us all with his humble and down-to-Earth presence. We were fortunate to meet, shake hands, take photographs, interview, and get some our most prized Murakami collection autographed. Takashi was undoubtedly easy-going and kidult in nature rocking out his own Jellyfish Eyes styled button down, and a Kurage-bo plush hat. The chances to meet someone as influential and impacting as Murakami are rare, so for us to be able to meet him was a humbling privileged experience. Takashi, being a Japanese native, isn’t always traveling to America, and less likely to come to cities like Dallas TX to host movie premieres. It was an event that we will never forget, and an absolute privilege to meet this artistic genius. Meeting Takashi Murakami felt like winning in life.
Sour Grapes’ Carlos Donjuan poses with Takashi Murakami along with his Luxor plush doll that he purchased for his son.
Loyal K.N.G.’s Trung Vuong and Carlos share a photo together with the two (and only two) Luxor giant plush that was limited only to the premiere of the Jellyfish Eye movie.
All the spectators seated and waiting anxiously for the film to begin.
Jellyfish Eyes film rolling.
Takashi shares his thoughts post his movie premiere during a Q&A session.