Sure, this is basically impossible to read, even in it’s largest size, but it still looks awesome. Besides, if you really want to get all the information you can out of this thing, buy the poster for $20. Then you’ll have the smartest walls in all the land, at least from a basketball information perspective. And really, no other perspective matters.
Starting today, Salon 94 Freemans, an art gallery in New York, is hosting an exhibit called “For the Kids” that will feature the fantastic posters of the Costacos Brothers from the days when athletes would agree to be photographed for posters like the ones you see above. I don’t want to sound presumptuous, but this might be the best and most important art exhibit since “New Paintings of Common Objects.”
From a press release:
Costacos Brothers, originally a sports t-shirt manufacturer, built a reputation for “fantasy” sports posters that gave professional sports heroes a larger-than-life look and appeal. Their products captured the imagination of sports fans at a time when athletes were becoming pop stars. Without a license from professional sports leagues, they were unable to produce game action shots. Instead, they made personality posters, marrying pop culture to an athlete and his persona. They understood that at a certain point a player gains a public profile that transcends their team, catapulting them to individual stardom. [...]
Costacos said “We wanted to make the athletes into comic book heroes. They’re larger than life. They’re Superman. They’re Batman. They’re Hollywood action stars that kick the shit out of 20 bad guys always living to fight another day.” The Costacos signature images, with their campy porno-like titles, are at once commando-kitsch and aspirational. Nike’s posters used similar players to similar ends, helping athletes like George “Iceman” Gervin and Darrell “Dr. Dunkenstein” Griffith achieve iconic pop status.
OK, sure. Whatever the reasons, the posters came out awesome. I mean, just look at them. They’re amazing. So, if you’re in or about NYC any time from today until July 30, go check this out. You won’t get to see this many fantastically cheesy posters in one place unless you live in 1989.
This is great. Hoopism collaborated with artists Robb Harskamp and Milton Un for this visual representation of every NBA championship ring, stretching all the way back to 1947. Personally, I’m a fan of the ’67 Sixers, ’97 Bulls and ’03 Spurs rings, just because they’re a little bit different than the typical rings of that era.
I’m hoping these guys turn this in to a poster, just like they did with their dunk contest visualization. If not, I’m just going to cut out one of these graphics and stick it on top of a title ring constructed entirely of masking tape, like I’m back in sixth grade. Depending on what goes down in the Finals, LeBron or Dirk could do the same thing.
On one hand, this is super cool to look at and a very impressive piece of LeBron James art. Major kudos to NFN Kalyan for creating this and for his excellent name. Big ups.
On the other hand, it kinda looks like one of those laser-etched tchotchkes you can buy from those weird catalogs in your grandma’s bathroom. No offense, but that’s what I think of when I see laser etching.
Overall though, I’ll go with “cool.” And also, “do not drop.”
That’s a brilliant pun that’ll make sense as soon as I explain what that picture is, as if it isn’t totally obvious. What you’re feasting your eyes upon is what I am assuming is the world’s first Peeps-based tribute to JaVale McGee’s double-dunk dunk contest beauty.
“I am a poor graduate student, so I used stuff around the apartment,” said creator Tim Westmyer of Arlington. “I am a home brewer, so a grain bag was used for the hoop net, plastic picture frames became the backboard and ping pong balls turned into basketballs.” [...]
“I wanted McGee to get some props for his creative effort. A peeps diorama contest sounded like a good consolation prize.”
I don’t even know what a Peeps Diorama Contest is, but I hope this wins.
We are all big fans of FreeDarko‘s art. And really, who isn’t? GQ is. Chuck Klosterman is. Pretty much everyone who has seen it is. Now, you can add the city of Los Angeles to that long, long list as the man behind the illustrations — Jacob Weinstein — has been tabbed by L.A. brand Undefeated to craft a gigantic billboard featuring their singular aesthetic.
As you can see, the billboard features Blake Griffin flying through the sky after being shot from a cannon, which finally explains how he’s able to jump so far. It’s big, it’s bright and it’s awesome. And, if you really love it, it’s available for purchase from the FreeDarko store, albeit on a slightly smaller scale. It even comes in three different color palettes, which is great if you’re trying to make this fit in with some decor you’ve already got around your house.
All in all, very cool billboard and very cool to see a group of people go from a blog to a couple of books to an industrial art design collective. Not a very common career path. Hit the jump for a picture of the billboard in its natural habitat.
Nike recently released the newest Kobe Bryant shoe — the Zoom Kobe VI — too much fanfare and adulation, at least to those among us who fancy a shoe with scales. After debuting Christmas day in a Grinch green colorway, the sneaker has slowly but surely made its way across the NBA, appearing on the feet of bros like J.R. Smith, Nick Young and Lamar Odom. They’re a big hit. And that’s why, I’m guessing, someone decided to paint some portraits of some of the various colorways that are being released.
Tracy Tubera, an artist/toy designer, has done up the three most prominent versions of the shoe (Conchord, Del Sol and Grinch) for some limited edition prints. Very limited. Like, only 24 copies of each version. They retail for $30 apiece and I think they’re pretty cool, even if the Conchord version does look like Kobe’s playing for the Sacramento Kings.
If you’re looking for something different to hang in your office and you’re a fan of Kobe Bryant, cartoons or shoes, then this is right up your alley. $30 for a piece of art no one else you know is going to have? Can’t beat that.