This project's funding goal was not reached on August 22, 2012.
About this project
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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