Futura has an uncanny knack for staying on the cusp. He's spent his forty-year career constantly progressing, from being represented on NYC's Broadway subway line to seeing his work fetch five-figure sums at major contemporary art auctions. Along the way he's played a pivotal role in the Downtown cool of the 1980s, the streetwear boom of the 1990s, and sowed the seeds of the street art explosion of the 2000s. Now, the 57-year-old artist is releasing his biggest project to date—a 360,000 bottle affair with the house of Hennessy.
With Futura's Henny collab hitting liquor store shelves nationwide this week, we decided it was time to shine a light on the legacy of the graf O.G. and all-around maverick who conquered the art world his way. So we collaborated with Futura on a week filled with exclusive features, starting with the animated cover you see above (photographed by Ferny Chung). Complex Associate Editor Nick Schonberger visited Cognac, France with Futura and together they soaked up the brand's rich history while reflecting on why the man with the unmistakable hand style has never been more relevant. Check back all week for more reasons why Futura is now.