Torn from their homes, his friend’s limbs were destined for amputation, their sadistic enemy bent on callously consuming the meaty appendages. The lone survivor watched in wide-eyed horror and a burning hatred swelled within him. Rising from his sunken shelter, journeying from his watery sanctuary and onto unpleasant land, he would use the methods of these savages against them. He’d take the name Tako, the Japanese word for his species, and revenge would be his. Or, at least, that’s one potential backstory behind Fakir‘s newest exploration into octopus-based art.

Fakir and the Octopi

Shortly after founding his design studio in 2008, Fakir captured attention by debuting his angular, anthropomorphic rabbit-like form Lapin Qbiq. Immediately exhibiting a sticker-like crispness within his expressively cartoonish works, the anonymous Parisian artist’s coherent-feeling world unfolded through depictions across a variety of mediums, including walls, paper, canvas, and sculptural forms. And by the time of his first solo exhibition, 2011’s Expo Fakir, at the center of it all was the octopus, its presence like a declaration of the artist’s ongoing interest in cartoonish cephalopods.

Frequently shown in a wounded condition, it seems obvious why Fakir’s octopus-based art pieces should have vindictive streaks. With emotional states ranging from the infinite sadness of their miserable destinies to the open-jawed satisfaction of their monstrous appetites being sated. Falling closer to the latter direction, the artist’s newest addition to this lineage emotes anger from its partially closed eyes, a drop of inky repulsion flinging free from its circular mouth. Adorned in the attire of its enemy — that of a sushi chef — this recent manifestation from Fakir is Tako’s Revenge.

The Tako’s Revenge Dunny by Fakir

Brazenly wielding a sashimi knife, the humanoid-octopus at the heart of Tako’s Revenge presumably plans to reverse the traditional mealtime pecking order. And, for the concept’s first public appearance, the specially-sculpted inclusion of a severed human digit over a bed of rice — a so-called “finger nigiri” — proved this creation’s intentions. Having debuted at June’s DTA Dunny Show 2019 exhibition, this uniquely modified and hand-painted rendition beautifully incorporated the 8-inch tall Dunny ears as two skyward-stretching tentacles, one viciously severed at its mid-point. Completed mere weeks before its showing, this 39-hour labor-of-love served to introduce the Tako’s Revenge design to the masses, a concept destined for vinyl sculptural editions from Kidrobot.

Issued worldwide in a 500-piece Red limited coloration — as well as a 300-piece, exclusive Green edition — the Tako’s Revenge Dunny by Fakir transitions the core aesthetic of the one-of-a-kind work onto a 5-inch tall, factory-produced rendition. Though lacking the “finger nigiri” accouterment, the alteration to the rabbit-like Dunny ears is perhaps the biggest difference: gone are the unnecessary, additional appendages — tentacles nine and ten if one counts the original Dunny form’s arms — and replaced with two adorable, headband-adorned cephalopods riding upon Tako’s head. Appearing like yin and yang opposites, perhaps representative of a blissful angel and rage-fueled devil upon Tako’s shoulders, their inclusion creates a well-balanced aesthetic. And, ultimately, that’s what Tako’s Revenge is about: a creature wanting to balance the scales, the prey evening the odds with its predator.

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