21. ORIGINAL FAKE Cartoon Hand T-Shirts, Sweats & Toys
Inspired By: Mickey Mouse
KAWS doesn't need to prove anything. He's got ups, a great handstyle and a lot of skill, but he reappropriates and alters some world-recognized cultural totems perfectly, too. From bus shelter images to prints on cotton, the bulbous Mickey hands become even more awesome when they're detached from their too-chirpy-by-far rodent owner, and they offer another dimension to the artist's excellent output. There's too many XXs out there in streetwear, but KAWS is the king of this stuff as populist and cool kid collide.