Takashi Murakami (born 村上 隆 Murakami Takashi on February 1, 1962) is a contemporary artist and founder of the postmodern pop-art movement "Superflat".
He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts.
This creator provides examples of the following tropes:
- Anime Hair: My Lonesome Cowboy in the "Goku/VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud/Sora" sort of way.note
- Buxom Is Better: 3m Girl and Hiropon (no doubt for the sake of analysis, given the deconstructive nature of his work).
- Chest Blaster: Hiropon
- Eye Motifs
- Flower Motifs: A recurring motif is through the use of his smiling daisies, each done with their own respective color scheme in quick succession.
- French Maid: 3m Girl
- Hospital Hottie: Nurse Ko 2
- Hypnotic Eyes: The eyes of the various characters are used in accessory to the Rainbow Motif, with various circles inside circles of varying colors to make them look crazed, drugged and/or enlightened.
- Mascot: Mr. DOB
- Mushroom Samba: With the extreme Rainbow Color Motifs, motifs involving flowers, eyes, skulls, mushrooms and octopi, everything having a face to some capacity and hyperrealistic Youkai of every shape and size to accent typical Anime weirdness, it is enough for anyone to question what he was taking.
- Not Safe for Work: A few pieces possess surreal (and explicit) sexual content, including:
- Odd Friendship: With Kanye West of all people, having rendered the rapper into a cartoon bear - Kanye Bear - for the cover of the Kanye West/Kid Cudi album Graduation
- Otaku: The whole point of the "Superflat" movement is meant to be the art world's way of acknowledging the "shallow emptiness of Japanese consumer culture" (anime and manga being two notable inspirations), so much of his art using visual tropes associated with Japanese culture, pre and post-Westernization.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Mr. DOB in Tan Tan Bo Puking◊
- Postmodernism: He primarily uses his art as a fun-house mirror reflecting the shiny, plastic, candy-coated absurdity of Japanese pop culture.
- Rainbow Motif: Nearly every work of his includes at least one hue of all the six-to-seven colors of the rainbow.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Embodiment of 'A' and Embodiment of 'Um' respectively.
- Shout-Out: The white-beast with a fruit-tree coming out of its head from The 500 Arhats◊ was deliberately based off of the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke.