Finding Mr Dob – the essence of Takashi Murakami

In 1993 Takashi Murakami created Mr. DOB as an alter ego, a sort of self-portrait.

Mr. DOB has a circular head with two ears; the letter D is inscribed on his left ear and the letter B on the right ear. The face is O-shaped, thus making his name legible.

DOB is a contraction of the dada-like phrase, “Dobojite dobojite” (Why? Why?), derived from the comic book Inakappe Taisho, and “oshamanbe,” a catchphrase of Japanese comedian Toru Yuri.

With Mr. DOB, Murakami sought to create an icon, which, while authentically Japanese, would have universal appeal.

Murakami drew on elements of a character called Doraemon – a cat-like robot from manga – Japanese comic books – and anime, or animation. Sonic the Hedgehog – a character from video games and anime – was another influence.

Takashi Murakami 'Mr Dob and the rainbow'

'Mr Dob and the rainbow'

Takashi Murakami Mr Dob

Takashi Murakami Mr Dob


2 responses to “Finding Mr Dob – the essence of Takashi Murakami

  1. i love Dobbie!

  2. I absolutely love Mr DOB and recommend Doraemon

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