Art Legend Takashi Murakami collaborates with Swarovski on luxury streetwear collection for streetwear’s biggest event, ComplexCon
On November 2nd and 3rd California’s Long Beach welcomed streetwear fans from around the globe for this year’s ComplexCon, the epicenter of pop culture. Sparkling amongst a lively lineup of music, art, food, sports, innovation, activism and fashion, a big hit of the weekend was Swarovski’s merchandisepartnership with the art giant Takashi Murakami.
Performances came from the likes of Lil’ Kimand Kid Cudi. Discussion events examined contemporary phenomena such as the rise of AfroPop, how talent leverages YouTube, how Gen Z is getting political to take the planet by storm, and how women are changing the face of rap.
One of the questions that came up in a panel discussion was: “What comes after streetwear?” which was answered brilliantly in the collaboration between Swarovski and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Pioneer of one of postmodern art’s most exciting aesthetics, the manga- and anime-inspired ‘Superflat’ style, Murukami burst onto the global art scene in the ‘90s with his unique approach to leveling high and low culture. At ComplexCon 2019, his exclusive TMKK x CC collection demonstrated how high art is leveled with streetwear, to dazzling effect.
Visitors could purchasethe TMKK x CC Flower Hoodie in black or white, each blitzed with nearly 1,000 crystals to form Murukami’s iconic Smiling Flower motif. The big draw, however, was a TMKK x CC Swarovski Crystal Skate Deck. Showcasing a 22-color spectrum of more than 13,000 individually handset crystals, this piece transforms an essential bit of street kit into a spectacular artwork—one that’s more likely to hang from a wall than a halfpipe.