Uniqlo’s Daniel Arsham x Pokémon t-shirts feature sketches of Pikachu, Mewtwo, & more

The collection’s graphics imagine Pokémon characters as crystallized relics

Fans will soon get their hands on the much-awaited Uniqlo t-shirts featuring Pokémon graphics designed by popular contemporary artist Daniel Arsham.

Uniqlo has announced that its Daniel Arsham x Pokémon UT collection will be available on its online store starting April 24th. Launching as part of the art collaboration project between Pokémon and Arsham, the UT collection features cool Pokémon artwork drawn and sculpted by the New York-based artist.

Arsham is best known for Fictional Archeology, a creative concept he termed that involves imagining what an object would look like a thousand years later. For his art collab with Pokémon, Arsham will present a sculptural collection titled Relics of Kanto Through Time, which envisions Pokémon characters as unearthed relics 1000 years into the future. This unique interpretation is also the inspiration behind the UT collection, which offers seven design variations for men, women, and kids.

Most of the t-shirt designs feature sketches of crystallized Pokémon characters such as Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, Mewtwo, and Jigglypuff. Other graphics include a photo of Arsham’s crystallized Pikachu sculpture, and grayscale drawings of a decaying Pokédex and an excavated Pokémon logo.

“With many of my projects, I try to make work that’s not just for art people and I think Uniqlo has a similar egalitarian culture,” Arsham said of his Pokémon partnership with the clothing retailer. “The reason I feature iconic characters in my work is that they are very recognizable, and, on the surface, they make it easy to enter my work. Pokémon has been a monumental presence ever since I was a child and I’m excited about the opportunity to present my work to a much wider audience.”

T-shirts in the UT collection cost $14.90 for adult sizes and $9.90 for kids.

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