Meet the Visionary Behind Damar Hamlin’s Viral Jacket


| LAST UPDATE 02/15/2023

By Tracy Morrison
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Takashi Murakami, the creative genius behind Damar Hamlin's showstopping jacket at Super Bowl 2023, sent shockwaves through online communities with his boundary-pushing design. A living legend in fashion circles around the world, it’s safe to say that this designer won't be stepping away from center stage anytime soon...

At Super Bowl LVII, Damar Hamlin cut an impressive figure in the white letterman-style jacket with green sleeves. The Buffalo Bills safety was being honored alongside the medical team that resuscitated him after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field - truly making it one of football's most emotional moments to date! Takashi Murakami, the designer behind the outfit, is an iconic Japanese contemporary artist who has been masterfully mixing Eastern and Western influences in his work for decades.

Takashi Murakami fashion controversy
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With a remarkable background, he started honing his craft from the tender age of 10 with traditional nihonga painting before eventually becoming one of Japan's most renowned talents and attending Tokyo University of the Arts where he obtained BA, MFA & Ph.D degrees - truly making him nothing short of a fashion icon! A revolutionary artist, his oeuvre reflects the clash between low and high culture. Superflat - his signature post-modern art movement, was born out of an exhibition he curated in 2000 that combines Japan's traditional 2D artwork from manga/anime with its contemporary obsession for pop culture. It sets itself apart as an aesthetic representation of this conflict, making it both familiar yet unique at once.

Murakami's influence on the fashion and music industries has been undeniable over the past decade. From Kanye West to Billie Eilish, he has collaborated with some of pop culture's most iconic names - creating stunning works ranging from sculpture to album artwork that has captivated audiences around the world. His 2009 collaboration with Pharell Williams resulted in an awe-inspiring Baroque-style installation for Art Basel, while his 2015 project alongside Virgil Abloh stunned viewers with a series of thought-provoking artworks. Of course, we can't forget about their 2020 collaboration directing Billie Eilish's mesmerizing you should see me in a crown video. There is no denying: Takashi Murakmi knows what it takes when it comes to making unforgettable pieces that stand out on any occasion… and leave us wanting more.

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