In grad school I was told by an professor that pro wrestling wasn't a legitimate subject for a serious artist. I couldn't have disagreed more! It was very personal to me. Pro wrestling goes back generations in my family- back to the early 1900's where my great-grandfather was the middleweight champion of Nebraska!
So after I dropped out of college, I sat down and started drawing wrestlers. Superstars and jobbers. Champions and jabrones. From the pioneer grapplers of the 1800's to the TV heros of today. After a thousand portraits, I stopped and had an exhibition and self-published a book of all of the drawings. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2005/07/24/1146081.html
The book with my portrait on the back cover even made a brief appearance in the Mickey Rourke movie. (Don't blink!)
Seven years later, the project feels incomplete. I've decided it's time to start drawing wrestlers again. There's so many current and classic superstars who didn't make it in the first 1000- Cena, RVD, Styles, Cabana, Christian, Doink, Big Show, Ryder, Ziggler, Bockwinkel...just to name a few.
I'm a big fan of zines. The last few years I've been publishing my own art zine, "EMZ." My goal was to make my art and ideas more accessible, rather than just for the patrons of the galleries. Instead of making another book of 1000 portraits, my plan is to create smaller zine style issues, where I can get the newest batch of drawings out right away and move onto the next ones. I'm a screenprinter by day, so each issue will have signed and numbered hand printed covers. Plus whatever other goodies I can come up with.
I love creating. I never became an artist to make money. I just enjoy the connections I can build with similar minded people. Through Kickstarter, I'm hoping to find people who are interested in wresting and art, or maybe just intrigued by the insanity it takes to resume a project like this. I'm looking to raise this money to help keep me stocked with Sharpies, paper, lots of toner, ink, postage and mailing materials, and then fund some of the time it takes to draw and research. Thanks to everyone who supports the arts, and double thanks to all of those who don't turn their noses up at us wrestling fans!
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THE SMALL PACKAGE...A signed and numbered copy of the first issue of "1000 MORE WRESTLERS," (zine style with the newest drawings, limited editions with hand screenprinted covers) Non-USA, please add $5 for shipping.
THE KING OF THE RING....A Signed copy of "1000 WRESTLERS," plus I'll draw YOUR portrait to be included in the next 1000! You'll get your original drawing as well as its issue of "1000 MORE WRESTLERS." Non-USA, please add $10 for shipping.
THE EYE GOUGE... A signed copy of "1000 WRESTLERS," plus a 12" x 18" screenprint of my drawing of Hall of Famer Mad Dog Vachon, signed and numbered by the artist, and signed by the Mad Dog himself! Non-USA, please add $10 for shipping.
THE BATTLE ROYAL... A Signed copy of "1000 WRESTLERS," plus I'll send you "1000 MORE WRESTLERS" in 8 quarterly installments (zine style with the newest drawings, limited editions with hand screenprinted covers) Non-USA, please add $20 for shipping.
MACHO MADNESS ...Extremely limited art pieces. The only other one was shown in 2011 in Toronto at a Macho Man tribute show. Screenprinted portrait and story of Randy Savage on cedar paper and mounted on a 8"x10"x1.5" wooden frame. Non-USA, please add $10 for shipping.
THE GRUDGE MATCH...A set of twelve signed and numbered 12" x 18" screen prints. We'll design an Old School wrestling poster (12" x 18") featuring your choice of any two wrestlers (or non-wrestlers) with whatever text you want. Could be a great wedding or x-mas gift! Non-USA, please add $15 for shipping.
THE WORLD CHAMPION...One of my actual drawing books which features around 100 of the original drawings featured in "1000 WRESTLERS"- this one of a kind book features the portraits of JBL, Steamboat, Koko B. Ware, Simmons, Goldust, JYD, Guererro, Hardy. Non-USA, please add $10 for shipping.