KAWS character - Companion - is an iconic piece of street culture and now you can have this 8cm miniature piece of art with you all day every day, hanging from your keys!
'Companion' was created in 1999 when KAWS visited Japan after being approached by Bounty Hunter, the cult toy and streetwear brand. Kaws' "Companion", a grayscale clown-like figure based on Mickey Mouse with his face obscured by both hands, and has two bones sticking out of his head.
Considered a “subculture hero,” Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, widely known as KAWS, enlists the seemingly incongruent techniques of pop art, toy-making, graffiti, product design, and sculpture to create works like "Companion".
KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design and toy-making. His iconic “XX” signature has its roots in the beginning of his career as a street artist in the 1990s, when he began altering found advertisements by incorporating his own masterful paintings. Evoking the sensibilities of Pop artists like Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, KAWS possesses a sophisticated humor and thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. He often draws inspiration and appropriates from popular culture animations to form a unique artistic vocabulary and influential cast of hybrid cartoon and human characters.