Here’s my story about how I met the legend, Takashi Murakami.

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I’m going to keep this story as SHORT and sweet as possible, because YOU MUST see this show in person.

I got the press release from The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth a couple weeks back and I told my wife that I had to be there. She humored me and we got on the road the night before. Waking up the next morning, I was intending on doing this assignment by myself, but I felt the spirit to invite Dara to come along. She accepted and we BOTH(!) got in.

This is where we ate breakfast. Beautiful KAI-KAI Flowers were smoothly stuck to the windows throughout the room. Great food, great conversation, awesome time.

Then we got to work, but first, there was a little weirdness…

Meet Takashi Murakami, legendary Japanese artist, founder of the art movement known as “Superflat”. These are two たこ (tako), which is Japanese for “octopus/octopi”. The name of the show is “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg”, so it was fitting that Murakami would have a octopus hat, with a matching tentacled tunic, jacket, and bolo tie!

After this photo op, we began the press tour of the exhibit:

This was the piece that started Murakami’s journey into “Superflat”: Mr. DOB (from the Japanese word, dobojite, meaning Why?). It’s so simple and what I learned from Takashi is that it is a self-portrait that appears throughout his work.

There are a couple of things that are very risque in the exhibit, one called “My Lonesome Cowboy” and the other was called “Hiropon”. Look them up and see WHY I did not include them in the article.

Murakami is probably most famous for his work on the album cover and liner notes of Kanye West’s album, “Graduation”.

He actually repainted this piece specifically for the exhibit in Fort Worth. Beautiful to behold in person.

Last piece that I will show (YOU MUST GO TO THIS EXHIBIT, which opens June 10th): this is a piece that Murakami did, dedicated to the thousands of lives lost in the Japanese tsunami of 2011. These figures, called arhats, are Buddhist figures that had ascended to nirvana; however, due to the compassion of their spirit, decided to stay in the cycle of reincarnation to help humanity. Powerful stuff.

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Go check out the exhibit from June 10th – September 16th. It will change your life. It definitely impacted mine and, thus, I have a deeper appreciation of Takashi Murakami’s artistry.