Murakami is a young Japanese born artist. He began his artistic endeavors at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music by studying more traditional forms of Japanese art. He pursued a doctorate in Nihonga, which is the artworks that have been made in accordance with Japanese traditional artistic conventions, techniques and materials. Although Marakami’s background is more conventional, he became transfixed with the modern Japanese otaku culture, which is centralized around the commercial nature of anime and manga styles. His work seeks to incorporate pop culture and otaku styles, resulting in “Poku” culture (pop + otaku). The epitome of this successful fusion are the new facades of Louie Vuitton purses bearing Murakami’s notorious design. While successfully attempting to blur the boundaries between high and low art, he also creates thirty foot sculptures and large scale paintings worthy of high end New York London gallery space. In 2008, Takashi Murakami made Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list, and was the only visual artist to do so. Congratulations Takashi.