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In the most recent episode of Blueprint, Complex and Noah Callahan-Beaver caught up with New York-based artist KAWS to discuss his influences, practices, and upcoming plans. The New Jersey-born pop artist has undertaken huge collaborative projects over the years including a Uniqlo x Peanuts capsule, Air Jordan designs, hooking up with NIGO from A Bathing Ape, and Pharrell.

Working across several media including, paint, illustration, graffiti, and graphic design, KAWS has built a huge following with his multicolor, life-size pieces and infamous character, Doug. In the video above, he details his early influences, how he landed his now sold-out capsules, and the influences behind his much-loved and recognized motifs.

Blueprint is a new series from Complex which highlights today’s most impactful creative directors, inventors, designers, executives, and artists including Jimmy Iovine, Todd McFarlane, and Bobby Hundreds.

Check out the video above.

And in case you missed it, here’s a look at Complex’s ‘Blueprint’ with Daniel Arsham.

Candice Nembhard is a writer and journalist based in Berlin.

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