NYC-based KAWS tops the list as an artist and designer who's grown from mounting street interventions and designing sneakers to having sold-out gallery shows and major museum exhibitions. He's designed 3 iconic covers for Complex: N.E.R.D. (Aug/Sept 2008), Lindsay Lohan (Aug/Sept 2010), and Clipse (Oct/Nov 2009). Collaborative product keeps him in the public eye, while his stature in the art world grows year by year.