For the last 85 years the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has ushered in Thanksgiving, a menagerie of some of the most beloved characters from pop culture. As you can see from this list there’s been a wide variety of characters yet non quite like that of Kaws’ Companion. Thanks to the folks at the Blue Sky Gallery they’ve begun introducing characters from contemporary artists like Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons.
It seems so funny to see someone like Kaws having a float in the parade, but I think it’s a positive step forward for people like us. I’d seen some talk of “Kaws is selling out” chatter on my Twitter which I thought was odd. A guy like Kaws has built his entire career on making art his own way, which for the most part was illegal. Yet when he does something legitimately then we drag him down? I personally believe we should champion any artist or designer who has the chance to be successful. If we can’t stand together then we’re bound to fail alone.