Did you know that wearing polka dots consistently generates the most compliments, conversation, and expressions of confidence? Did you know that artists have made whole careers out of the polka dot? Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is sometimes called 'the princess of polka dots'. AND did you know that polka dots made Frank Sinatra famous? His first hit, recorded with jazz musician Tommy Dorsey in 1940, was a song called “Polka Dots and Moonbeams.” And how about "The Polka-Dot Man" a fictional character and supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics who can turn the polka-dots covering his costume into a variety of devices!

So, it seems that the power of the polka dot may be one of the best art hacks ever! In an 1857 issue of, Godey’s Lady’s Book, we find the first time the word "polka dot" appeared in print. Throughout history we see the dot everywhere from constellations, to canvases, in queer culture and in programmable blockchains, in music, fashion and science. So, what is the real power behind this playful dot?

Maybe Kusama, who I mentioned earlier, said it best in her 2005 book Manhattan Suicide Addict. She wrote, “Polka dots are a way to infinity. A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing…Polka dots become movement.” Maybe that is the hack! Maybe that is why so many people and fields of study, across the globe, gravitate towards this simple shape and pattern. Or maybe it is simply the fact that you need dots to make a point.

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