Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton : A new kind of commercial art

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In Japan, QR codes—the UPC-like hieroglyphs originally used for tracking inventory—now appear on magazines, buses, business cards, and almost any other surface one could use to promote something or someone. (They also provide mobile hard links to Web sites, readable by most Japanese phones.) But leave it to Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton to redesign them: The QRs (pictured) created for their collaborative projects are little pieces of functional (and, we’re sure, Kanye-approved) art. That being the case, we’ll overlook that they’re also the latest salvo in the artist’s none-too-subtle world-domination plan.

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