The United States men's national soccer team is perhaps my favorite sports team - even above the Minnesota Timberwolves. The World Cup in 2014 was an event that I was extremely excited about, and I created a few pieces that were well-received by the US Soccer community in the build-up to the tournament. The first piece (shown below) was a t-shirt meant to glorify one particular player who was a member of the preliminary roster but did not make the final 23-man squad that played in Brazil. Terrence "Cyclops" Boyd is a fan favorite, and his new cyclops-like tattoo on his right forearm has become a recognizable part of the striker's goal celebrations. Boyd tweeted "#cyclopsiscoming" when he foudn out that he had made the preliminary roster, and I ran with it. I received permission from him to use an image from his Instagram account to demonstrate his goal celebration, and created a shirt design that sold over 100 pieces to US Soccer fans, and the player himself!
The "DTOM Snake" was a 24 in. x 24 in. print design which I created based on the final 23-man roster for the World Cup. The snake itself is borrowed from elements that Nike used in 2006 and encouraged the US Soccer community to use. Using thresholding, I created tiles for each player both in living color and red/blue. The print was very well received, and I had dozens of requests for print-resolution files so that American Outlaws could hang the print at their chapter bars or bring prints to wave in the stands at US games in the send off series prior to the World Cup tournament.