Pop Fly Pop Shop
99. (SOLD OUT) "Vin" 7" x 10.5" Art Print
99. (SOLD OUT) "Vin" 7" x 10.5" Art Print
The 99th print - I was hoping to make my 100th! I had a very short list of people I'd love to work with to make print number 100. I'd reached out to Vin earlier in the year, hoping for him to be #100 - but we lost a legend, and baseball lost its voice before it could happen.
I grew up going to Dodger games with my father. That was my first and most immersive exposure to baseball. I remember seeing so many guys at games with headsets and radios pressed up to their ears, and I wondered why on earth they'd listen to a game when they could watch it right in front of them. It wasn't until later that I realized why they did that. Vin Scully. See, as a kid, I had no idea the gift we Dodger fans had in that man. We tend not to realize many of childhood's extraordinary things until much later. I grew up accustomed to the riches of having him audibly paint the games, and I only discovered much later just what a treasure I had been taking for granted for years. Walking on streets of gold and not even realizing it. Childhood in a nutshell, really.
When I thought about this piece, I started with the obvious -- a poignant portrait of the man - maybe the sun setting at Dodger Stadium. But my inspiration always comes from doing, and while I was working on his image, I began to think about how we, the fans, took in Vin Scully. He was a face we rarely saw but a voice we always heard. Almost the opposite of the athletes on the field whom we see much of but hear so little from. So I shifted away and focused on the words, making them the highlight of the piece and the image of Vin, a backdrop of how we genuinely engaged with him. He was everybody's announcer, narrating an Atlanta Brave's record-breaking moment. He expressed the collective shock of a Red Sox player who missed an easy catch that brought a Met home to win the game. His voice a soothing salve that helped to calm a nervous country shortly after 9/11. We all sort of just grew up and grew old together with Vin Scully. When he left the Dodgers, it snapped me out of the comfortable stupor of the ever-existing, ever-present voice of Vin Scully, and I realized that he too was growing up and growing old along with us.
The wonderful element of the written word and a familiar voice is that often we can read a text in the voice of the speaker. All the more rich and valuable a superpower we humans have to be able to do so when that person leaves us. I hope this piece has you reading his words in his voice. I hope you find a moment meaningful to you represented on the piece that takes you back to unforgettable times with unforgettable loved ones. And, as Vin Scully, the Poet Laureate of Baseball, would say, here's wishing you a pleasant good afternoon or good evening, wherever you may be.
Our art prints (not a comic book) is printed on double-thick card stock & comes packaged in all the nostalgia you can ask for. The art print is a pre-order item for sale for one week only and then the print is retired and the print run is locked. *Frame not included.
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A new piece of art each week -- a sports-themed 7” x 10.5” double-thick cardstock art print of an original artist-made piece of art. That's right, this isn't a comic book, it's just one piece of fun sports-themed nostalgia at a time. There are 20 different art prints released in a season (1 per week) and once they're gone… they're gone! From then on they'll only be available at higher cost on the secondary market.
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“Every time I look at these prints, I think of my father. If artists can channel their adversity into incredible works of art that we get to enjoy, then we should challenge ourselves to turn our struggles into something that can benefit others.”
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Meet the Artist
Daniel is the artist that designs all of our Pop Fly Pop Shop prints. Every piece is made with purposeful intentionality and thoughtful effort. Daniel is a storyteller, and during every drop, he is able to showcase the player’s journey and important moments from their career. The art prints do not simply focus on the player's image but about the entire path that has led them to the big leagues.