Artist Mickey Duzyj
Sports and I have had an "Off and On" relationship...Sometimes it is so hard to keep up with all that's going on with the brand that it's hard to catch all the day-to-day news. Mickey Duzyj is an American artist who's recent work has been shown on ESPN and the image that caught my eye was this Mike Tyson painting. It was filled with so much chaos and mayhem with Mike Tyson in the middle of the ring glowing in victory. This post fight commotion was also the same chaos that lead to his decline.
Whenever we see the art world collide with sports, it always strikes a chord with me. I'd have to say that as I've gotten older, I've become more comfortable and more at home sitting in the cheap seats where you can stretch out, have more elbow room and usually where more colorful language is born...this is where the flavor is born. Fans seated in this area tend to have a "tell it like it is" mentality. Not only that, but the humor is much more sharp and creative.
What draws me into Mickey's work? Well, just like any art, the same basic laws of attraction apply; color, composition and spacing all play perfectly into his Mickey's work. Technically, his style extremely sharp and clean. Edges are firm and crisp giving a classic illustrator feel. Looking a bit closer, his work reminds me of old Japanese Comic books I used to look at from the 1970's and early 80's. I think it was Voltron or some other Japanese comic book that I loved.
Mickey Duzyj's clients and previous fans have been Rolling Stone, Vice, Time, The Ringer, Nike, Weiden + Kennedy and the New York Times Magazine. These heavy hitting publications all share his talents and for this, he's become quite popular.
Check out his work below at his website below and we're sure it'll leave you wanting more where this came from.
...From the cheap seats.