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LONDON — Japanese graphic artist Verdy, the mastermind behind Blackpink’s “Born Pink World” tour, has been named artistic director of the first edition of ComplexCon Hong Kong, scheduled for March 22 to 24.

It will mark the second time that Verdy, who has been attending ComplexCon since 2017, has helped ComplexCon shape its event lineup. In 2022, he was the artistic director of ComplexCon Long Beach.

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“For this year’s ComplexCon Hong Kong, I want to bring the Asian community together through new and exciting energy and I want to serve as the bridge between the old and new generations,” Verdy told WWD.

The artist called Hong Kong a very special place.

“My grandma first took me there when I was in elementary school. I also remember during high school, I would always see Nigo and Jun [Takahashi] going to Hong Kong, so it is a place that I always wanted to do something in. I got the opportunity five years ago when I did my first art show. Luckily, I got to know the creative scene there through my good friends Kevin Poon and Jerry Haha,” added Verdy.

Having recently collaborated with Kenzo creative director Nigo on a pop-up store at 66 Avenue des Champs-Élysées during the holiday season, the Osaka-born, Tokyo-based creative’s other notable projects include Girls Don’t Cry, Wasted Youth, his panda rabbit character Vick and, most recently, Visty.

Verdy has also worked with famous names such as Nike, Levi’s, Instagram, Coachella, Dover Street Market and McDonald’s China on a project titled the “Best Friends Forever” campaign that included a capsule collection, exhibition and large-scale sculptures across a network of more than 5,000 stores around China.

“There will be a lot of good energy because there will be different people from all industries coming

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