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Boy this has been quite the last 24 hours. I've been painting non-stop for the most part since 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning. I know I promised that the next painting would be my Hali / Manning - Ali / Liston rip, but I sort of forgot this was coming down the pike a little bit sooner.
A few weeks ago I was approached by a friend who was heavily involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, with an opportunity to present not only Eric Berry, but also Eric Hosmer of the Royals and boxer Victor Ortiz with framed prints of my work. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity, despite having a pretty full plate at the moment.
On a slight side note, this sounds like quite the event. From BBBS website: "Men's only event, $300/ticket includes in depth interviews and meet and greets with Hosmer & Berry, open bar, scotch tastings, dinner, cigar emporium, locker room tours and a reverse raffle with a chance to win $5,000."
Back on topic...
Knowing that Eric Berry is a pretty humble guy, I was sort of worried that he wouldn't appreciate the work as much if I gave him one of my typical depictions of a play. I wanted to give him something he would be proud to put in his house, so I chose to do a piece around Inky Johnson / the Eric Berry salute. For those who have not heard about this, or still wonder why Eric salutes occasionally, check out this story.
I will admit I had some reservations about releasing this as a wallpaper, as it was actually a gift to the man himself, but I decided to do it anyways. I figured there were some hardcore fans (and Tennessee fans, perhaps?) that would get something out of it.
Enjoy! I'm hoping to have some pictures of the actual prints here in a little while.
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