Brian Donelly, better known as KAWS, spent the first year of his career as an animator for Disney. After retiring in 1997, KAWS was inspired by the company's cartoon Mickey Mouse to create his own set of characters he named "Companions". With hand gloves and X for eyes. They first appeared in KAWS graffiti works in New York City in the late 1990s. At the end of the decade the street artist created his first three-dimensional version, and his characters have taken on a variety of colors, sizes, and poses. .