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Celebrity Daytona 500 Ticket Designs
May 7, 2007 9:01 AM   Subscribe

"To celebrate the 50th running of the Daytona 500, some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment have created original artwork inspired by the Great American Race." The results look OK for a seven year old, but terrible for everyone else.
posted by sdrawkcab (56 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
As outsider art goes, it is pretty interesting. I can't honestly think that any of those big names wanted to spend much time on things like shading and perspective.
posted by sciurus at 9:06 AM on May 7, 2007


Seem about right as art celebrating the anniversary of a car race, too.
posted by DU at 9:13 AM on May 7, 2007


The Little 500's been running longer, and yet I'm not finding the relevant fan art collection anywhere.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:15 AM on May 7, 2007


this one is pretty slick, especially for the medium used.
posted by delmoi at 9:19 AM on May 7, 2007


Pretty classy of the Notre Dame quarterback to give a shoutout to Virginia Tech, though.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:22 AM on May 7, 2007


Haha, why do I ge the feeling this gguy hasn't picked up a pen since doodling on highschol notebooks in the 1980s.
posted by delmoi at 9:23 AM on May 7, 2007


At least they are going to be auctioned off for charity.
posted by RMD at 9:26 AM on May 7, 2007


some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment
posted by poppo at 9:26 AM on May 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


I am reminded of Art School Confidential.
posted by adamrice at 9:27 AM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Those people should be embarassed.
posted by interrobang at 9:34 AM on May 7, 2007


this is super awesome.
posted by jonson at 9:43 AM on May 7, 2007


The Kelly Ripa one would be great if the squares actually had little black-on-black pictures.
posted by smackfu at 9:44 AM on May 7, 2007


Oh I like it when people with no pretensions of artistic ability draw, and I think they're just having fun here. Just because one can't draw well doesn't mean they shouldn't bother doodling at all.
posted by picea at 9:47 AM on May 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


Seconding picea on this one. Well put.
posted by dead_ at 9:51 AM on May 7, 2007


I don't know if I have my facts straight, but in college I met an art student from Japan who could whip out the most extraordinary drawings in just a few seconds. She wasn't a great student and didn't have an affinity for art theory, but when it came to making a drawing of a chair or the room or a group of people standing nearby she put even the best of her fellow students to shame. She explained that in Japan, visual arts are given equal footing with other subjects all the way through school. I don't know whether that's true or if I am mis-remembering, but I thought that was interesting. In the U.S. you can make it through your entire education without ever having drawn more than a lollipop tree and smiling sun. I guess it's a question of whether visual arts are important (I would hope) or are just a diversion for people with too much time on their hands.
posted by JamesToast at 9:53 AM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's like you can pinpoint the month in the third grade that each participant's elementary school ran out of arts funding.
posted by maryh at 9:53 AM on May 7, 2007 [6 favorites]


In fact, doesn't it seem positive that this kind of art is even being made? I've never identified the Daytona 500 with artwork or creativity at all, and race fans would be the last people I would imagine holding a pen, pencil or piece of charcoal to draw with.

The mere fact that they actually took some time to use the right side of their brain and create something--regardless how rudimentary--certainly speaks to some kind of positive progression in a culture not usually noted for its intellectual or creative merits.

But whatever. I mean, if you aren't a good artist, why make art at all? Let the pretentious snarking and condescension continue... it's what we do best at MeFi.
posted by dead_ at 9:55 AM on May 7, 2007


I don't see where these people claim to be good artists. This seems like a bunch of average people (who happen to be well known) doing something for charity even when they know they aren't good at it. That takes a lot of self-confidence because there always be people taking shots.

Or, what picea said.
posted by dios at 9:57 AM on May 7, 2007 [3 favorites]


I would like to clarify and say that I'm all for anyone picking up a pen and paper and making any kind of drawing, regardless of whether they're good at it. Always. I'm only saying it's a shame it doesn't happen more often and that they don't teach it in school.
posted by JamesToast at 10:00 AM on May 7, 2007


It looks to me like most of them didn't even try—like they sat down and doodled for fifteen minutes and said to themselves "who cares if it's good or not? I'm famous!".

I agree that all people should draw, and that American education should make sure that people have a rudimentary knowledge of how to translate what they're looking at into a drawing. These drawings look to me like they're made by people who arrogantly don't give a shit at all.
posted by interrobang at 10:01 AM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


The people who really don't give a shit didn't do drawings.
posted by smackfu at 10:08 AM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


'original artwork inspired by' is a total red flag for me.
posted by attackthetaxi at 10:22 AM on May 7, 2007


they gave then felt markers. it looks like they may have been ambushed or something. They're all done with the same shitty felt markers.
posted by joelf at 10:22 AM on May 7, 2007


Taken as a whole, I think these drawings are surprisingly moving.
posted by box at 10:31 AM on May 7, 2007


"Sure, anybody coulda done it...but who did do it? Huh? That's right...me, baby, me."
posted by voltairemodern at 10:31 AM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


I like it. What I dont like is this attitude of "if you havent invest x amount of years in y then dont you dare mention it or show it to other people." The elitist attitude is something, hopefully, some of you will eventually outgrow.

Its for charity too. Christ, how cynical are you people? Its so easy to be mr or ms dismissive in life. No wonder many americans dont even dare try the arts. There's no shortage of people ready to mock them at first blush.
posted by damn dirty ape at 10:36 AM on May 7, 2007 [2 favorites]


"I guess it's a question of whether visual arts are important (I would hope) or are just a diversion for people with too much time on their hands.
posted by JamesToast at 9:53 AM on May 7 [+]"

Artistic ability is about perception, not about manual dexterity. Perception and understanding about how things are put together is an extremely viable skill, which can be focused and honed through art. Learning patience and abstract reasoning, and skill in one area can apply to another is extremely important, I think. For a more common example, "Wax on, wax off".

Anyone who can pick up a pencil can draw, in the same way anyone who can pick up a pencil can write.

Of course, American society likes write off all art and art education as either wasting money on 'pointless doodling' (when the money could be better spent on weapons), or that artistic ability is something you're just 'born with', so teaching it is pointless.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 10:38 AM on May 7, 2007


A little odd, this one.
posted by effwerd at 10:40 AM on May 7, 2007


That one's not bad. I think it ties with this one as my favorite of the bunch.
posted by furiousthought at 11:08 AM on May 7, 2007


The haters in this thread might like to pick up a pencil and do something. Then post it to MetaTalk!
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 11:28 AM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


furiousthought, that one is actually quite charming. It would be improved 100% by simply removing the two lines defining the outside of the road, but still a very good effort.

Some of them are pretty sad, but I agree that they exist at all is pretty great. I doubt the average non-art-school faculty at an institution of higher education or similar group would produce a collection that is much different than this.
posted by maxwelton at 11:32 AM on May 7, 2007


They shoulda decorated eggs.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:41 AM on May 7, 2007


Constipated Art: created by people who don't give a shit.
posted by schleppo at 11:57 AM on May 7, 2007


Am I the only guy who thinks that kid on the Jeff Gordon charity website looks like a white Flava Flav?
posted by phaedon at 12:03 PM on May 7, 2007


My favorite. I love the perspective...

The Vernon Davis piece looks GREAT at initial inspection, but prolonged exposure makes my head hurt because of the lack of perspective...
posted by subaruwrx at 12:06 PM on May 7, 2007


Yeha these aren't a genuine attempt at art, they're just churning out auction-fodder for people who would pay actual money to own somehitng that one of their heroes touched ever so briefly. Snarking is perfectly acceptable.
posted by Space Coyote at 12:08 PM on May 7, 2007


Does this mean when LeRoy Neiman wipes out at a paltry 120 mph during his second lap and burns to death on the rails, we can all laugh at him too?
posted by CynicalKnight at 1:06 PM on May 7, 2007


Well, these are interesting. I'm partial to Mike Joy, Jerry Punch and Kenny Wallace's, but those are also three of my favorite people in the sport. Mike and Jerry's looks like they put some time into it and there's something about the cars on Kenny's that I like--the forward tilting tires, maybe. But yeah, this one is odd.
posted by bristolcat at 1:27 PM on May 7, 2007


They're all done with the same shitty felt markers.

Yeah, why is this? I mean, felt markers are not easy to draw with. If I were one of the biggest names in sports and entertainment and were due to draw a masterpiece for an auction I'd probably have my minder get me some proper ink pens and a box of Crayolas or something. Don't they remember their coloring books?

Or, better yet, I'd have my minder bring me some oil paint, then I could at least create a brown blob with some artistic merit.

That said, I really liked to see their art. It was like a... glimpse, into something.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 1:31 PM on May 7, 2007


You need to delete the Art? tag as it breaks Metafilter and therefore is not useful.
posted by dios at 1:40 PM on May 7, 2007


On the other hand, every one of the drivers who submitted a doodle thinks that you drive like crap. And you do.
posted by davejay at 1:43 PM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


By the way, this one is actually decent as such things go.
posted by davejay at 1:44 PM on May 7, 2007


Oh, and one more thing: it says this if you actually vote...

"Be sure to check back often and vote for your favorite celebrity design as many times as you like."

Let the hooliganism begin!
posted by davejay at 1:46 PM on May 7, 2007


Jesus. "Yeah, those dumb rednecks and their redneck sport, how DARE they be allowed to even TOUCH a piece of paper that isn't Budweiser stationary! Hurmph. Next thing you know, they'll be acting like their dumb redneck sport is more popular than hockey or something. I bet they still hate black people too. Even though there are race tracks in New York, New Hampshire, the suburbs of Chicago, just outside Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Canada. They're just dumb rednecks."


Sorry about that. Back to your regularly scheduled redneck hating. Because really, it's not like they have the internet or something.
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 2:22 PM on May 7, 2007


A little odd, this one.

You just get the feeling there were some crossed wires. Like they told him to draw something and forgot to mention what it was for, so he drew a tree.
posted by smackfu at 2:40 PM on May 7, 2007


Maybe that's his specialty, drawing trees. When I was 8, my specialty was drawing a bunny doing the hula. I worked it into anything I could.
posted by miss lynnster at 2:45 PM on May 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Good point. I would probably draw a spiral. I loved drawing spirals. Or maybe a jeep. I made the best jeeps.
posted by smackfu at 2:55 PM on May 7, 2007


It doesn't matter what it is, if there's an online poll and it has Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s name in it, rednecks will vote for him, overwhelmingly. If we voted for President online, he could win.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:29 PM on May 7, 2007


Cowboy!
Troy!
Likes!
Exclamation!
Points!

posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:32 PM on May 7, 2007


A little odd, this one.

You just get the feeling there were some crossed wires. Like they told him to draw something and forgot to mention what it was for, so he drew a tree.


That (or miss lynnster's hypothesis) would be the best case scenario. Though I must admit I'd be really interested in hearing the reasoning behind it if it was purposeful.

"When I think of celebrating the Daytona 500, I think of a winding mountain road leading to a bare white tree because..."
posted by effwerd at 5:50 PM on May 7, 2007


Cyclopsis Raptor, throw in some stuff about "only turning left" and how F1 and WRC are real racing, add the "Non Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks" joke, and you've got the perfect storm of internet NASCAR rantin' right there...

(But yeah, I'd probably vote for Junior if he ran for president)
posted by First Post at 6:55 PM on May 7, 2007


At age 7, all my drawings included at least one airplane shooting a machine gun.
posted by Tube at 7:50 PM on May 7, 2007


interrobang: I see what you're saying re: education, but I think you are unfairly reading some really specific and negative attitudes into some simple drawings that were posted on the web and presuming a lot about the character of those who drew them.
posted by the other side at 8:01 PM on May 7, 2007


Sorry about that. Back to your regularly scheduled redneck hating. Because really, it's not like they have the internet or something.

Hey, I'm not a redneck, but I enjoy NASCAR, and I can draw. Does that make me a renaissance man? I hope so. 'Cuz that would be cool.
posted by davejay at 8:30 PM on May 7, 2007


Is anyone going to hold these up as great works for the ages? No. Does that mean they should be hated on for doing this? Again, no. So what if it's not fit to hang in a gallery? It's just a doodle. I doubt any one of these people would describe themselves as an artist.

Now if a famous, talented artist turned in something like this then get the pitchforks and torches out.
posted by Talanvor at 2:35 AM on May 8, 2007


Famous artists' works are too valuable to be auctioned off for charity, silly.
posted by smackfu at 8:09 AM on May 8, 2007


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