Friday, June 12, 2009

Art? On a Macho Sports Blog?

Some would dare say that art and sports aren't compatible. I completely disagree. I mean have you seen some of those goalie helmets? If anything, sports enhance art. I'll bet that a large percentage of art is actually inspired by athletes for what they do and how they look. Right here's a classic example. This sample is from But painting is old fashioned. I prefer something more "now" and exciting. That's why I prefer posters with computer art or timeless slogans. The poster below brings up another facet of art that sports has brought a lot to: fashion. The jerseys of sports teams are the coolest article of clothing anyone can possibly hope to own. That's why they're so expensive.

I also enjoy the art of face painting before a game. Application of the makeup takes skill, and wearing the makeup to the game is akin to performance art. Here's Calgary Flames fan Scott Patrick, getting his head painted by makup artist Fallon Coburn prior to the Flames' NHL Western Conference hockey playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, April 27, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry Macdougal) This is probably the coolest thing I have ever seen in my whole life. And I've been to Niagra Falls during a meteor shower. The only possible way this could be any cooler is if he could somehow have his head on fire, in a controlled, safe manner of course.

Anyone who doesn't see the connection between beautiful art and sports obviously isn't looking hard enough. But the best art is the athletes playing the sport itself. The grace, stamina, agility, endurance and heart they display really brings out the best in all of us.

I hope this little guy's a Detroit fan or I'll pummel him.


  1. That red painted guy is the coolest thing you've seen in your life? I thought it was maybe when you witnessed William Bowrey win the Australian Open in 1968? Or when you saw 2009 US Open bowling champion Mike Scroggins drink his own urine because you beat him out in a perfect game? Something's not right here.

  2. You misunderstand everything.

    The Willaim Bowrey thing was 35mm footage, I didn't see it in person. And the Mike Scroggins thing just ticked me off because he didn't drink mine, like he said he would if he lost. And I didn't beat him at bowling, I beat him "up." Clean your reading eyes.

    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen in person.

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  4. That's great! Love the website. I like the dalmation the best. Reminds me of Harvey the Hound.

  5. Art is cool when collaborated with sports. I love it!