On the event of the Kaws + IKEPOD launch event at colette, we had the chance to chat with the legendary artist on matters of his past, present and future. In addition to colette, the IKEPOD watches are now available at Gurus Shop in Hong Kong (A2-A3 G/F 67 Sing Woo Road Happy Valley).
Let’s start with your backstory – Where did the name KAWS come from?
The name KAWS came from graffiti, simply from letters I like, but you know eventually, I’m realizing that I like it because you can’t attach anything to it. I mean, just the word KAWS didn’t exist in the vocabulary. It became a good way to use that to make people look at the work.
At what point did you realize this was going to be more than just tagging walls and hitting billboards?
It wasn’t important to me when I was a young graffiti artist to think about a bigger picture. I was just making work… and it led me to many opportunities. Step by step it grew. But at that time I would never have thought of my life like that: “I’m gonna do this and this and this…” I don’t think you can even plan successfully to do something like that. So I just enjoyed it for what it was. And I just enjoy this for what it is.
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