Good sports art

My little brother is a legend. Ask anybody about Ken Starke and they’ll tell you some crazy story about he came up to Jay-Z at a concert and 20 minutes later is in the Hummer limo with him, listening to his latest tracks, and then later that night he got asked to host a hot air balloon event by, like, Madonna or something.

He’s this massive white dude that makes a statement whereever he goes and is adored by grandmas, babies, and businessmen alike. He and I have nothing in common except for kinda EVERYTHING. You know what I mean. I love flowers and fashion, he loves football and football. I love French bistros, he loves sports bars. Our lifestyles are WILDLY different, but at the same time we have strangely similar personalities — both of us lack editing skills (oh the stories we shouldn’t tell people), neither of us like screwing lids on things (one of Brian’s personal favorite attributes of mine … salad dressing everywhere because he instinctively shakes the bottle.) We are both always down for a good time, love taking inappropriate risks, and are very rarely self-conscious. I used to think I rarely got embarrassed until I hung out with him as an adult and I had no idea what the phrase “lack of shame” means. Needless to say he’s one of my favorite people in the world.

But regarding his interior design style, he needs a girl’s touch. So he and his girlfriend just moved into a house that is awesome, but they have very little art and he has politely requested cool “sports art.”  So that became my mission.

Here are some that I found online that I thought he would love, and she wouldn’t hate.

sports art work

From top left:

1. “Untitled” by Liz Kuball, 20×200

2. From Curate1K HERE.

3. Baseball  “Untitled” by Don Hammerman, 20×200

4. Vintage photo, but sadly just sold.

5. AH, Vintage again and sold.

6. Jenny O’Dell “125 Stadiums” 20×200

sports art work

1. ‘The Suspension of Physics Necessary for all the Athletic Endeavors” by Colin Blakely. 20×200

2. 20×200

3. “Every Outdoor Basketball Stadium in Manhattan” by Jenny O’Dell.  20×200

4. Clearly art.com, but I can’t find it again for the life of me. Sorry, Ken.

5. This guy is vintage and I really want to buy it, but I can’t seem to figure out where. HELP!

But I’m still on the look-out, Ken. Don’t worry I’ll make sure all your sports fantasies are realized in your grown-up house, if it kills me.

OH, plus I found this one:

Go ducks!

 

  1. Of course, I LOVE 20×200.com. Always something new & interesting… Curious if you've checked out PrintCollection? They don't have a sports category (yet), but they've got some great old aviation prints that ooze testosterone (without being over the top). Not sure why, but I think their patent drawings would be a hit with most guys: "Rifle Carrier for a Military Bicycle" or "Pedal Operated Mower" (and one especially wacky one, possibly not fit for public areas of the home).

    They've got a great collection of National Park posters, too – original art form the 30s in manly (but I like them, too) colors.

    And… You could put them in our (brand new!) Change of Art® instant gallery frames! It only takes a few seconds to perfectly mat and frame an 8×10 print, and it's totally changeable. So, if things get TOO manly, you can switch it out for a photo of the two of you. Get him a BUNCH of cool prints, and he can switch them out for a fresh look any time. Everyone wins…

  2. Yes! Your description of your relationship with your brother reminded mine with my own brother. Except my brother also has an affinity for "camouflage" and "trucks." lol! :)

    But these pieces are great! I LOVE the Jenny O'dell 125 Stadiums piece, especially. Super cool. I thought it was gem stones at first and I was like "whaaaa…. that's not sporty… oh wait! Ermigerd!!" It might have to be part of his Christmas gift this year.

    I found an interesting historical boxing image (similar to the one you need the source of) that you can purchase prints of on Bridgeman (which is a historical art treasure trove). Search around on there, I saw a bunch of cool stuff. http://www.bridgemanartondemand.com/image/648570/english-photographer-friendly-warfare-during-real-warfare-a-boxing-match-on-board-a-british-war-ship-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-from-the-illustrated-war-news-1916

  3. Where's the last Oregon print from? Do they offer other stadiums?

  4. Brothers are awesome. Love the baseball!

  5. Erin

    My husband also adores my my distaste of screwing lids onto things.

  6. Erin

    My husband also adores my my distaste of screwing lids onto things.

  7. Great job on the "sports art", but I found your description of you brother even better. Very touching and sincere. Thanks for writing such a good blog. I always look forward to reading it.

  8. Great job on the "sports art", but I found your description of you brother even better. Very touching and sincere. Thanks for writing such a good blog. I always look forward to reading it.

  9. Jessica

    Melissa, I ordered a similar print to the Oregon one from BirdAve: http://www.birdave.com/. I got my husband one of Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but she has lots of options!

  10. Jessica

    Melissa, I ordered a similar print to the Oregon one from BirdAve: http://www.birdave.com/. I got my husband one of Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but she has lots of options!

  11. Emily M

    My husband recently did not screw the lid back on the almond milk….cue me shaking it up and milk going EVERYWHERE in the kitchen….he thought it was my fault for not checking the lid!
    Love some of your selections here. Loving the black & white vintage shots.

  12. Emily M

    My husband recently did not screw the lid back on the almond milk….cue me shaking it up and milk going EVERYWHERE in the kitchen….he thought it was my fault for not checking the lid!
    Love some of your selections here. Loving the black & white vintage shots.

  13. Genevieve

    Check out Amelie Mancini work, she is a really cool Brooklyn based artist http://leftfieldcards.com/. I hate sports and even I wouldn't mind having these in my home. Plus her cards are affordable and could be placed in a grouping on a wall and look lovely and colorful.

  14. Genevieve

    Check out Amelie Mancini work, she is a really cool Brooklyn based artist http://leftfieldcards.com/. I hate sports and even I wouldn't mind having these in my home. Plus her cards are affordable and could be placed in a grouping on a wall and look lovely and colorful.

  15. Colleen
  16. Colleen
  17. there's also left field cards — letterpress baseball cards made by a chic french girl — which would look awesome as a set in plain white ribba frames, and cost like $15 for a five or six-pack.

    http://www.leftfieldcards.com/

  18. there's also left field cards — letterpress baseball cards made by a chic french girl — which would look awesome as a set in plain white ribba frames, and cost like $15 for a five or six-pack.

    http://www.leftfieldcards.com/

  19. Michelle

    Ooooo Ssssss Uuuuuu…GO BEAVS!!

  20. Michelle

    Ooooo Ssssss Uuuuuu…GO BEAVS!!

  21. Ali

    I can't find the painting of the cyclists from above:( anyone know who this artist is?

  22. Ali

    I can't find the painting of the cyclists from above:( anyone know who this artist is?