Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama, about whom I’ve written often, has been all over the design blogs lately with the launch of her line of skateboards, sold exclusively at the Museum of Modern Art Design Store in New York. When I first saw the image of one without any copy, I thought: How swell: Yayoi Kusama BANDAIDS, an idea made even more poignant and meaningful by Kusama’s practice of art medicine.
I am a woman who mistook a Yayoi Kusama skateboard for a bandaid. (Mistaking one thing for another has often led to interesting ideas. A photo of a marshamallow on a stick led to a vision of using a branch as a toilet paper holder.)
I find patterned bandaids wonderful to wear for the hell of it, as a surprising fashion element that can occasionally also hide some secretly-perceived bit of body ugliness (Yes, some parts of ourselves can actually be kind of ugly…That doesn’t mean WE are.) But bandaids with seriously-good design are hard to come by, as bandaids are considered the realm of kids, a serious oversight. So mostly I make do with just-ok animal print bandaids.
Yayoi Kusama bandaids. How cool would that be?
Of course, a smart marketing person could take the idea of art medicine a step further…