Spaced Out | The Japanese Clothing Mogul Planning a Road Trip to the Moon

Yusaka Maezawa, the Basquiat-loving CEO of Zuzo, is packing his SpaceX full of artists and heading to the stars

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Oct 15 2018, 7:13am

Ever since man first took flight into space, the moon has functioned as the galaxy’s most exclusive club: from Neil Armstrong to Buzz Aldrin, only the lucky few have been permitted past the bouncers.

The moon’s VIP list is poised to get a little more crowded in 2023, when noted merch king Elon Musk’s company SpaceX will reportedly send a clutch of artists out of the stratosphere to explore la lune. The expedition will be led by none other than Yusaku Maezawa, the billionaire founder of Japanese custom-fit clothing company Zozo.

Real art heads will remember Maezawa from his January purchase of a $110.5 million Basquiat, which was the star of its very own Brooklyn Museum show last winter. During a Tuesday press conference on the SpaceX factory floor, Musk told the crowd that Maezawa had already put down a deposit for a ride on SpaceX’s BFR rocket. (In case you forgot about Maezawa’s hefty art purchase, don’t worry! He wore a handy T-shirt printed with the Basquiat to the press conference.)

“The New York Times reports that Maezawa plans to bring five to eight other artists with him on his voyage as part of a project called Dear Moon”

The New York Times reports that Maezawa plans to bring five to eight other artists with him on his voyage as part of a project called Dear Moon. According to the project’s website, Maezawa wants “a painter, musician, film director, fashion designer…“ and more to join him on his SpaceX flight, citing Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, and John Lennon as the types of luminaries he’d like to explore the moon with. But will they be willing to take flight? After all, the safety of SpaceX flights is still somewhat in question.

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