Gallery: Hello Kitty Art – But Seriously…


So we all know that cat with the bow, who every girl, whether they admit it or not, has once loved at some point in their lifetime. But seriously? What is her deal? When did she get so immersed in the contemporary art scene? Shepard Fairey created his own as I like to call it “Obey the Kitty” version where street art meets Japanese cultural icon in 2010 (image above). By creating this image, he has re-appropriated this Japanese fictional character (designed by Yuko Shimizu, first introduced in 1974) and turned her into a mistress of the streets, commanding everyone’s attention by geniously having her not only hold a spray paint can, but she too is holding an image of Andre the Giant, a trademark of Fairey.

But Fairey is not the only artist who has taken part in this trend? Is it a trend? I’m still unsure. Continuing, Buff Monster, another street artist, also created his own version of the starlet (image above). Although these both were produced a few years back, I still continue to think how clashing cultures can be a good thing. Why not take risks? Take something and make it your own. Give it a twist. Put a spin on it. Have fun. Make Statements from the He(Art).

xx, DP

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