Years: 2013

Notable works: MTV VMAs

Considering his rise, it was only a matter of time before a KAWS design was a vaunted, coveted piece of cultural significance. That's just what happened this summer when MTV announced that he'd done an exclusive redesign of the Moonman Video Music Awards statue. His artwork, in typical total-overtake KAWS fashion, will also be peppered throughout the show, which is the first major awards program to be held in Brooklyn, according to an MTV press release. His signature inflated skull design even appeared on bootleg VMA posters that appeared to have something to do with Kanye West's DONDA.

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