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Takashi Murakami Settles Travis Scott Jesus Piece Rumor Started by Ben Baller

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Japanese designer Takashi Murakami is laying to rest the Ben Baller-fueled rumor that Travis Scott's new set of necklaces, which point to his vibrant, psychedelic aesthetic, are "bootleg" pieces.

Alongside a FaceTime screenshot, Murakami recently confirmed to his 2.2 million Instagram followers that he "designed the artwork for this Jesus piece for Travis Scott!" Though he noted he has "no affiliation with the jeweler who made the piece, nor was I involved in the production process."

The person behind the production is one of the leading jewelers in rap, the New York-based Elliot Eliantte.

When Eliantte unveiled the trippy Jesus pieces, fellow jeweler Ben Baller threw shade on his IG Story, claiming the chains "ain't official Murakami if he didn't co-sign it or even know about it." He added, "Imagine making a piece without the actual artist's blessing. That's called 'bootleg.'"

Obviously, Ben Baller was mistaken. He then left a couple of emojis – one regular smiling face and an upside-down smiling face – under Murakami's post with La Flame.

According to Eliantte, Travis called him from Tokyo, where he's seemingly working on music, and requested this drip for his Cactus Jack crew based on an original Murakami illustration called "Melted Utopia Dream." They're constructed with hand-carved beads and pearls from the Pacific shores of Tahiti.

"Hardest Chains In The Game," Eliantte also wrote. Dude's not lying.

Of course, you can't talk about Murakami-designed jewelry without mentioning Kid Cudi, who's tapped him for several chains, including one adopting his Kiki character and a couple of others using his famous sunny flower motif.

Whose hands crafted the Kiki chain? None other than Ben Baller's.