BLACKPINK will be launching a special collaboration capsule collection with renowned graphic designer Takashi Murakami. This collaboration features a new character named Pandakashi, inspired by BLACKPINK’s music style. It also embodies traits like confidence and charisma.
The collection, consisting of 19 pieces, will be available on online retail platform NTWRK beginning December 8, 2023 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET. There will also be exclusive pop-up experiences in Los Angeles and Art Basel Miami Beach.
Check out some images from the upcoming collection featuring Pandakashi below:
Takashi Murakami’s influence in K-pop
Takashi Murakami is a celebrated figure in the contemporary art world. Murakami is known for his vibrant and whimsical style, which blends traditional Japanese art with pop culture elements. His unique artistic vision has resonated with fellow artists and fans alike.
The collaboration with BLACKPINK is just his latest foray into the realm of K-pop. His previous collaboration and interactions include:
- G-Dragon’s PEACEMINUSONE x Nike Collaboration: In 2019, Murakami collaborated with BIGBANG’s G-Dragon for the PEACEMINUSONE x Nike apparel line. This collaboration showcased a utility vest and sweatpants featuring Murakami’s signature daisy and Nike branding, reflecting a fusion of art and fashion.
- Meeting with NEWJEANS: More recently, Murakami also expressed his admiration for the K-pop group NEWJEANS. NEWJEANS was also spotted wearing RTFKT x Takashi Murakami x Nike Air Force 1 NFT sneakers. He met them in Japan and prepared special cookies featuring the group’s logo alongside his signature Murakami flowers.
Murakami’s interactions with K-pop artists like G-Dragon and NEWJEANS further highlight his deep connection with the genre, showcasing the universal appeal of his art.
Celebrating art and music
Takashi Murakami’s collaboration with BLACKPINK marks another milestone in his ongoing relationship with the K-pop industry. His artistic journey, characterized by vibrant colors and imaginative designs, continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.
As BLACKPINK and Murakami unite for this unique capsule collection, fans eagerly anticipate the blend of art and music that will emerge from this partnership.