KAWS/NIGO® 's fruitful relationship and NIGO®'s personality are best described by the artist himself. On November 25, 2009, he gave an interview to Gary Panter for the exhibition's catalogue which accompanies his first solo exhibition in a Museum in 2010: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Quoted in Monica Ramirez-Montagut, KAWS 1993-2010, Skira Rizzoli, New York, 2010, p. 214).
As KAWS likes to evoke it, NIGO®’s influence extends to his friends too. Collaborative work is part of his culture as well as supporting an artist he likes and since an early stage he has been keen to promote his friends' works: "NIGO® does music and through him I met Pharrell Williams and Pharrell became a really important sort of help for me and just the amount of work that he had commissioning from me really set me up. NIGO® commissioned me too. For about two years I was making just paintings for NIGO® it seemed."
The time NIGO® and KAWS spent together, working on specific products - the Kimpson plastic packages, the BAPE/KAWS head pillows sold in the BAPE shop during the 2001 KAWS exhibition - led them to imagine other collaboration, reflecting NIGO®'s personal interest. KAWS was one of the first to witness NIGO®'s passion for vintage furniture and special order luxury goods and how it impacted his creations: "He was into American streetwear, but he took it to a different level by reflecting his own interests. He was really into collecting custom Louis Vuitton products and he was really into all this high-end fashion. He placed streetwear right there in the way that he built the stores and presented it, kind of upped the ante for anybody else in the market." Together, KAWS and NIGO® worked on special projects like the Cassina sofas covered with BAPE/KAWS camouflage fabric, or the upholstery for the Eames chair to be displayed in the Japan retrospective on the artists. These creations were not sold and only for NIGO®'s personal use. They also show how, not only is he influenced by the items he collects, but how he interacts with them. As KAWS likes to recall it, talking about NIGO®: “He is definitely one of the most fascinating guys I know. Just seeing how he’s changed over the years, and how he’s infiltrated – he’s put his eye on things, set his goals, and just does them."
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