Takashi Murakami shows his step-by-step process of producing prints and calligraphy on recycled Chemex coffee filters.
The Superflat creator walked us through his process early in the morning by brewing a cup of joe and immediately placing the used coffee filter in a container to dry. Some of the filters have been stored for about six years!
Murakami then pulls a few dried filters out, removing the excess coffee grounds and he finished prepping by disinfecting the mold using alcohol and adding a coating to prevent ink from bleeding.
After waiting a few hours for the coating to dry, he moves forward with the silk-screening process, where he used his iconic Flower logo. He also practiced Japanese calligraphy, adding some personal touch to his work.
For those of you who don’t know, Murakami has gained global success over several decades through his work with Louis Vuitton as well as his relationship with Kanye West, Virgil Abloh and other iconic artists. He recently partnered with Supreme to raise money for COVID-19 relief and just dropped a collection with Billie Eilish through UNIQLO UT. Clearly with Nigo being part of their creative process, they keep producing hot items that sell out almost immediately.