At the invitation of Disney, Hirst remade Mickey Mouse as one of his iconic series of spot paintings. Hirst follows in the footsteps of artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg in interpreting Disney's best-loved character. He stated, “Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots. I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognisable - Mickey is such a universal and powerful icon.“
‘Mickey’ (2012) was made specifically to be auctioned in aid of Kids Company. Based in London and established in 1996, the charity provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people. Hirst has supported Kids Company for over six years and is a longtime advocate of their use of art therapy. In 2012, the artist and Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh hosted a day-event in London's Covent Garden Piazza which involved over 150 schoolchildren making spin paintings with the artist.