Polka dot extraordinaire Yayoi Kusama is collaborating with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on a new line of skateboards available for purchase starting September 14, 2018.
The decks – featuring motifs from Kusama’s artworks entitled Yellow Trees (1994) and Dots Obsession (2018) – join skateboards bearing designs by New York City legends Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol as well as Yoshitomo Nara’s beloved Superflat characters, also sold exclusively through MoMA. In 2017, Kusama created an exclusive skate deck to coincide with her Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles.
Yellow Trees is comprised of a yellow skateboard tryptic dotted with black spots in a sweeping pattern.
MoMA told It’s Nice That: “The original skateboards began as samples based on digital renderings of details from Kusama’s work. They were sent to Kusama’s studio in Tokyo for her approval. After reviewing them, Kusama decided they needed to be altered. She then meticulously hand-painted her famous motif over each deck.”
Given Kusama’s wild international popularity, prospective buyers will need to move quickly.
Kusama, who voluntarily lives in a mental hospital, began hallucinating spots in her childhood. She’s since dealt with her neuroses by depicting her polka-dotted world for over six decades.