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Damar Hamlin’s Jacket Designer: Takashi Murakami



Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills safety who survived cardiac arrest on the field last month and was later honored by the NFL at Super Bowl 2023, along with medical staff who saved his life, was honored at that event along with those responsible for saving it. But Hamlin’s appearance caused some controversy due to his jacket from Takashi Murakami; designed with images depicting Jesus on a cross and religious symbols by this famous Japanese artist/designer; however this jacket caused much discussion online and among his supporters due to its provoking responses online as it seemed odd at such an event!

Who is Takashi Murakami?

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami, born February 1 in Tokyo and studying traditional Japanese painting at Tokyo University of the Arts where he earned a BA, MFA, and Ph.D. His trademark style combines manga, anime, pop culture and fine art into one cohesive whole that draws influence from Japanese flat art history and its obsession with pop culture. He coined the term “Superflat” to refer to this aesthetic movement that draws its inspiration from both.

Murakami has collaborated with numerous prestigious brands and celebrities, such as Louis Vuitton, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Billie Eilish and Travis Scott. Additionally, his works have been displayed in prominent museums and galleries around the world such as Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Palace of Versailles.

What is a Travis Jesus Jacket?

Travis Jesus Jacket

Travis Jesus Jacket

Damar Hamlin wore the Travis Jesus stadium jacket created by Takashi Murakami and SAINT M xxxxxx to attend the Super Bowl, one of two stadium jackets released that cost Y=418,000 each (roughly equivalent to $3,161.68) in 2022.

The Travis Jesus jacket features a blue body with green sleeves. Featured are patches reading “SAINT YOUTH” on its sleeves and “ETERNAL” on its back; on both chests there is an image of Jesus with Murakami’s signature flower eyes; while one chest contains a quote stating: “Without Beginning or End There is No Day and No Night”. On its reverse is a large graphic depicting Christ on a cross surrounded by flowers – making for a striking combination.

This jacket was named after rapper Travis Scott, who commissioned a jeweler to create an intricate Jesus graphic pendant with large rhinestones for him to wear at Astroworld festival where multiple people died during a stampede in 2021.

Why did Damar Hamlin’s jacket cause such an uproar?

Damar Hamlin’s jacket caused widespread controversy as some found it disrespectful or offensive to Christianity, with people accusing it of mocking Jesus or encouraging satanism. Some also associated Damar Hamlin with Travis Scott and Astroworld tragedy while accusing Hamlin of supporting it.

Some of the negative comments online include:

Damar Hamlin’s jacket designed by artist Takashi Murakami is actually called Travis Jesus in reference to Travis Scott sacrificing fans in a Satanic ritual at Astroworld and turning their image into a large pendant covered with rhinestones.”
“Damar Hamlin’s jacket by Takashi Murakami, entitled ‘Travis Jesus”, first became iconic through rapper Travis Scott who sacrificed fans in an act of Satanic ritual at Astroworld and made a pendant out of it with large rhinestone encrusted pendant.

Damar Hamlin comes under criticism for Takashi Murakami jacket (Image via Xx17965797N/Twitter) At this year’s Super Bowl, athlete Damar Hamlin and several groups of medical staff received a tribute award; however, netizens were more interested in his letterman jacket from Takashi Murakami than in any of their accomplishments.”
“Damar Hamlin was outfitted in a Travis Jesus jacket designed by Takashi Murakami, an internationally-recognized Japanese contemporary artist 62-years old from Tokyo born and raised who works both within fine arts and business media fields.”

However, not everyone was offended by Hamlin’s jacket. Some praised his sense of style or expressed their appreciation of Murakami’s art; others supported his right to express his faith or personal preferences freely.

Positive responses online include:

“I need that jacket.”

FAQ: The Ultimate Guide to Your Questions

Q: What did Damar Hamlin have to say about his jacket?

A: Damar Hamlin has yet to respond publicly about the outrage it caused with his jacket.

Q: What did Takashi Murakami say about his jacket?

A: Takashi Murakami has not made any statements publicly regarding his jacket and its subsequent controversy.

Q: Where can I purchase one of Takashi Murakami’s jackets?

A: Takashi Murakami’s jackets can be found online at SAINT M xxxxxx and at select retailers.

Q: What other works by Takashi Murakami can I find?

A: Takashi Murakami’s most noteworthy works include:

Flower Ball (1998), is an intricate sculpture created of hundreds of colorful flowers; Kaikai Kiki (2000) are cartoon characters representing good and evil; Tan Tan Bo Puking (2002 ) depicts a monster vomiting rainbows; Superflat Monogram (2003) was produced for Louis Vuitton as an animated short film; Graduation ( 2007) served as Kanye West album cover art
– Jellyfish Eyes (2013) is a live action film featuring CGI creatures.

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