BTS‘s J-Hope can’t stop raving about his stunning Jack in the Box album art cover created by KAWS, and it’s easy to see why!
J-Hope has always been a huge fan of American artist Brian Donnelly, known professionally as KAWS, and is deeply inspired his unique and fun art style.
Over the years, J-Hope has decorated both his house and studio with KAWS art toys…
…and frequently wears pieces adorned with his beloved art.
After meeting KAWS in 2018, J-Hope lived the dream as he eventually went from a fanboy to a colleague of the artist!
As his sincerity as a fan reached KAWS, he was just as excited about the project as J-Hope.
KAWS was really proactive and positive in his response. We spoke together and that’s how we came to the decision to collaborate.
— J-Hope, BANGTANTV/YouTube
The album art cover combined both J-Hope and KAWS’s visions and holds a variety of deeper meanings. Firstly, this is J-Hope’s first music cover where there is a central figure or person on it, signifying a change in his career.
Additionally, the various hands are meant to represent different paths for J-Hope who’s at a crossroads, just like the lyrics on his album suggest.
The big hand behind him is the one removing J-Hope from the box as he’s ready to break the mold and grow as an artist with his solo debut album.
Even the X’s hold meaning as a staple of KAWS’ art, making it instantly identifiable as the artist’s work.
While humble J-Hope is not one to brag, he shared he’s so proud of this collaboration that he can’t help but tell everyone his excitement to join forces with one of his favorite world-renowned artists!
He can’t help but smile when talking about the collab and hopes fans will treasure it just as much as he does.
Check out the art in all it’s glory below!