While Pop artists of our time such as Koons, Hirst, Fairey, and the ominous figure Banksy may have perfected the idea, it took a lifetime of criticism for Andy Warhol to introduce the concept of artist as “brand” to the high art world. Certainly artists like Shep are benefiting from the groundwork with highly successful clothing lines borrowing from their work on the walls of the world’s museums, while Warhol is either dancing on golden paved streets or rolling in his grave as he witnesses his name live on in continually varying forms.
Japanese streetwear company A Bathing Ape has teamed up with Warhol and Medicom Toy to create a plush body pillow featuring the artist’s famous banana. The yellow and black outside of the pillow opens to reveal a BAPE camo pillow inside. The pillow comes in three sizes and camouflage colors - pink, green, and blue - and is available now for Kyoto BAPEXCLUSIVE pre-sale, officially launching on June 9.