Longtime reader/contributor/genius Marty Hick recently told me about an interesting project he’s been working on: He finds old paintings in thrift stores and then paints old NBA and ABA logos onto them.
“I got the idea from a local artist,” says Marty. “My band was playing at the annual Rock ’n’ Roll Craft Show here in St. Looie. One of the featured artists took thrifted paintings and added monsters to them (they actually looked more like the ghosts from Pac-Man). I decided to steal his idea, and I thought that old basketball logos would be perfect. The difficult part has been finding suitable paintings to match up with particular logos.”
So far Marty has done four of these. The first one was a landscape painting that he supplemented with the old Milwaukee Bucks logo (for all of these, you can click to enlarge):
“This is by far my favorite of the four I’ve done so far,” says Marty. “What can you say about the greatest logo ever? He looks like a free-roaming creature without the confines of a logo outline. He truly looks like he belongs there, and he seems quite content. This was the first one I did, and I almost stopped there.”
Fortunately, Marty didn’t stop. Here’s his Kentucky Colonels treatment:
“Crazy logo,” says Marty. “As soon I found this portrait of a shack, I knew I had my match. I always wondered why the man with the horseshoe had such a foo foo dog behind him. As it turns out, that dog (a real life Brussels Griffon) was part owner of the team. Judging by the Colonel’s black slouch hat, I would say he was a Northerner. Kentucky was a boarder state, so that’s okay.”
Next up is Marty’s Oakland Oaks rendition:
“How do you not love an acorn dribbling a basketball?” asks Marty (rhetorically, of course). “The look on his face says it all.
As far as the pairing with the backdrop, though, this is my least favorite.” Personally, I disagree — I love this one.
Finally, we have the Denver Rockets:
“It took me awhile to find a decent mountain image that could carry this logo,” says Marty. “The mountains in the painting replace the mountains in the actual logo. And admit it, Paul — you would wear those socks.”
A few notes from Marty regarding process, methods, etc.: “I used tempera paint and marker for each piece. After completing each logo, I hit it with a light coat of shellac, which provides a consistent sheen across each painting. I really want to find a desert scene to do the Dallas Chaparrals logo. If and when that happens, I’d like to display the four ABA paintings together and let the Bucks painting stand on its own.”
Pretty cool, right? Definitely one of my favorite DIY projects of recent months.
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Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s piece looking at the history of the NHL’s current logos (from John Muir). … R. Scott Rogers has a bottle of Maker’s Mark double-dipped in Nats-colored wax — and signed by Frank Howard to boot! … Holy moly, I like almost everything about this amazing photo of the 1909 St. Paul Gophers (thanks, Ricko). … The newest member of the Federal Hockey League is the Dayton Devils. “After looking at their logo, I am not sure if I want to congratulate the artist who designed it, or knock him out,” says Mark Viquez. … Speaking of Dayton, new identity package for the Dayton Sharks (from Leo Strawn). ”¦ Rob Ullman notes that the new Tony Romo McFarlane figurine features a Nike jersey and a Reebok cap. … Dodgers pitcher Stephen Fife, who wears glasses, made his MLB debut two nights ago (from Frank Mercogliano). … Yankee Stadium is still using the old Blue Jays logo on exterior signage but the new logo inside the ballpark (from Adam Zmudzinski). … I was recently contacted by the people who’ve created a gadget for displaying jerseys. They sent me a sample, and it’s interesting. On the one hand, it’s basically just a glorified hanger. But it has a modular design that’s pretty good for jerseys — especially large/oversized ones. Check out the embedded video on the ShirtWhiz site and see for yourself. … Speaking of new inventions, here’s a way to get an electronic autograph. Further details here (from Randy Williams). … The Colorado Rapids are adding a black armband to honor front office staffer Marisa Colaiano, who recently passed away (from Kenn Tomasch). ”¦ “While waiting in line at a recent Giants/Cubs game, I noticed the hat of kid in front of me was made entirely of duct tape, complete with the MLB logo on the back,” says Tony Crespo. Someone find that kid and get him to do a guest-written Uni Watch DIY entry! ”¦ Yesterday was the beginning of the branding blackout at the Olympix — the period when athletes cannot appear in any advertising from companies that aren’t official Olympix sponsors. Key quote, from sports marketing expert Bob Dorfman: “In a sense, the Olympics are kind of favoring the sponsors over the athletes. But that’s where the money comes from” (from Britt Jackson). ”¦ David Ortiz has just been put on the DL but was in the dugout — and wearing a pandering cap — for last night’s Bosox game (from Ben Harris). ”¦ Happy birthday to reader Kurt Van Selus, who turns, uh, he didn’t say how old he’s turning today, but happy birthday anyway! ”¦ “I came across this 1987 training camp photo of former Packers QB Don Majkowski,” says David Trett. “What I found interesting is the number 5 he is wearing was the number of HOFer Paul Hornung. The Packers haven’t officially retired his jersey number, but no player has wore it since then. Majkowski went on to wear 7 with the Packers.” ”¦ A welcome trend is emerging in the Cape Cod league: stirrups! Additional examples here, here, and here (all this from Alexander Tsipis). ”¦ Nike and Facebook have teamed up to create a platform that will allow sneakerheads to showcase their collections and, if they like, trade (thanks, Brinke). ”¦ You know how the Giants normally have NOBs on their batting helmets? Eli Whiteside had a white strip of tape in that spot last night. “He just got called up and was flown in for the game, so I assume they quickly made a label/sticker of some sort and stuck it on a helmet,” says Andrew Greenblatt. “Can’t read what it says, but it’s presumably ‘Whiteside.’ Sorry for the black/white pic, my camera is acting weird.” ”¦ And we conclude today with a treat: a new (to me) video clip of the White Sox wearing shorts on Aug. 22, 1976. Not to be confused with that other Sox in Shorts video, which has been around for years, this new clip was just posted to YouTube a few weeks ago. Enjoy (and give a hearty slap on the back to Greg Trandel):