|This Miami mural is just the beginning.|
What have you done for your Miami Heat
lately? Cheered them on from your couch? Spilled beer on yourself while pointing out missed fouls at Will Call
? Bitched about Spoelstra on sports talk radio?
When it comes to professional athletics, rabid fandom knows no bounds. Truly die-hard supporters are willing to take it to the limit in celebration of their chosen team, be it through homo-erotic tribute tattoos
, custom Crown Victorias
or body paint (sans anything else)
. But aside from people engaged in ridiculous, often-distracting antics that involve personal glory (we're looking at this guy
), some of these fan-atics actually have talent and choose to channel that energy into more aesthetically appealing pursuits.
So to get you all fired up for tonight's game (if that's even possible at this point), here's a handy roundup of some of the best Heat fan art we've seen to date. Enjoy.
|Courtesy of Dan Lacey|After the beer dousing debacle, Dan Lacey, aka "The Painter of Pancakes," immortalized LeBron being pelted with flapjacks. Beer vs. pancakes ... that's a toughie. Both so delicious. Both good for breakfast. Unfortunately, we're guessing LeBron wouldn't be into either one.
|Courtesy of Rob Cabrera|Artist Rob Cabrera chose to frame the Big Three superhero-style, fireballs and all. According to Cabrera, D-Wade has one of his pieces proudly displayed in his pad. We have to wonder what version of himself D-Wade chose to haul home. Is he poised on a bear rug by a roaring fire? Perched atop the Titanic, King of the World-style? Slam dunking on a spaceship? All three, at the same time?
|Courtesy of Billi Kid/The Art of Basketball|
Well heyyyyy there hot stuff! This vignette of Bosh looking saucy was done by artist Billi Kid (killer name, natch) over a section of the 2011 NBA All Star Game court. Kid is a partner/curator for Art of Basketball
, an org that creates works of art in collaboration with the NBA. And yeah, they've got some sweet stuff.
|Courtesy of Joe Iurato/The Art of Basketball|
Don't they look like little angels? All halo-riffic and shit. Our heaven-sent Big Three were immortalized by artist Joe Iurato
in this piece dubbed "Hell Hath No Fury Like a King in His Court."
|Courtesy of J Robles/The Art of Basketball|Gentle souls. Kings of men. Wise dudes. "The Three Magi" were put to paper by artist J Robles, then framed into an official NBA backboard. Who wouldn't wanna slam dunk while face to face with "The Heatles"? They're bigger than Jesus ... right?
|Courtesy of aarontheartist|Feast your eyes on this digital design by aarontheartist. He penned this piece of LeBron looking grizzly, D-Wade, contemplative. The boys at their always-intense best. (Even if Dwyane is sporting some Angelina Jolie-style lips.)