Takashi Murakami can now add two sports teams to his list of collaborators.

The artist, who has been involved with ComplexCon as an art director since it launched in 2016, designed merch for the Chicago Cubs for ComplexCon Chicago this past July, and now he’s lending his hand to a Los Angeles Lakers capsule for this year’s ComplexCon Long Beach, which takes place from Nov. 2 through Nov. 3.

Much like his relationship with American baseball, Murakami isn’t a NBA stan, but he does follow LeBron James on Instagram and he has been more intrigued by the sport as it becomes more prevalent in Japan. 

“I have never played it myself, but it’s now becoming a popular sport here, and with some Japanese players in the NBA, things are getting exciting,” says Murakami via email. 

Murakami looked to the Los Angeles’ Lakers classic logos from the ‘60s through the 90's and translated them for the future. He utilized a morphing lava-like abstract element as the main motif and said he was aiming to reflect artistic creativity. 

The collection, which was produced by New Era and Mitchell and Ness, includes a satin jacket that retails for $250, Lakers basketball jerseys and matching shorts that retail from $165 to $200; hoodies that retail for $160; sweatshirts that retail for $85; graphic T-shirts that retail for $65 and two hats that retail for $60. 

Check out the collection below.

Our fourth annual ComplexCon in Long Beach takes place Nov. 2-3 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. For more info and tickets, click here.


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