You may have heard the name, you’ve probably seen his characters. For nearly a decade, KAWS has been one of the most prolific artists on the Internet, taking full advantage of what technology and social media have had to offer.
Although KAWS (real name Brian Donnelly) creates art in many different mediums, what he mostly came to be known for are his 3D characters, created in sizes that range from tiny to humongous. His most recognized character is a skull-faced creature with two Xs for eyes and patches of grey hair on the side of its head.
KAWS rise to prominence was aided by his extensive use of social media, Instagram in particular. When asked by Vogue how he feels about IG, KAWS answered: “I like it! I think it’s a nice way for people to get to know you.”
Expanding further on his lifestyle, KAWS added: “I go from my home to my studio and back home, and that’s the routine. I kind of live in a bubble.” He then explained how social media helped him to break out of that routine: “I want to be more candid and more honest about what I do. For me, I think it’s better to be this way, throwing little pieces of work out there [on Instagram].”