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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

what is that in my icon?

Many people have inquired about my ubiquitous use of the "plush elephant" icon. And of course they would, it's adorable isn't it?

Well, today I will finally give you all the answer to that burning question of "what is that in your icon?".

This underwear doning elephant by the name of "Pan-chan" is designed by Japanese artist Chinatsu Ban who works in part under Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. a company run by artist extraordinaire, Takashi Murakami. Murakami, #28 on ArtReview's 2008 Power 100 list, is probably best known for the grossly overhyped Murakami monogram used by Louis Vuitton a few years back.

The elephant plush was also released a few years back, and it's become somewhat more difficult to find since then. The plush came in 6" ("medium") and 10" ("large") heights and was also rather pricey by plush standards, with the small version retailing for around $30. However, a few websites still stock this item and it can most notably be found on MoMA's webstore, although only one size is available.

It's also important to note that this plush is not recommended for children under 3. And while it would make an adorable little pal for children, I think this item would better serve as a more decorative item, perhaps in a nursery or even as a decorative pillow.



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