Yayoi Kusama-Designed Skateboards Are Headed to MoMA’s Design Store

Yayoi Kusama, DOTS OBSESSION skateboards
Yayoi Kusama, DOTS OBSESSION skateboards | © 2018 Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of MoMA
Photo of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor12 September 2018

Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama presents a new line of spotted skateboards sold exclusively on the Museum of Modern Art’s online design store.

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.

'Yellow Trees' skateboard triptych designed by Yayoi Kusama for MoMA | © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of MoMA

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.

Forged from Canadian maple wood, the skateboards inspired by Dots Obsession come in yellow with black dots or white with red dots, and both color schemes are available in big or small dots.

Dots skateboards in red and white | © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of MoMA

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.”

Dots skateboards in yellow and black | © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of MoMA

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.

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