THE CONCEPT OF FAN ART
Fan Art plays a critical role in creating the vibrant and energetic fabric of contemporary sports culture. Whether they are hastily written slogans scribbled on brightly colored paper or an intricately conceived role play costume, Fan Art conveys a sense of the creator’s attitude towards an athlete, athletic event, athletic situation, etc. By proxy this artwork is critical to presenting and messaging our cultural attitudes and connections to sport at large. These works—from the crude and suggestive slogans, drawings, pictures, and costuming found in attendance at almost any sporting event, to the evocative, sophisticated, and thought-provoking works by talented artist that draw upon the contemporary memetic landscape—are imbued with an immense amount of cultural currency. In Fan Art we experience the unvarnished truth, a passionate expression of our attachment to sport, uncluttered, unfiltered, and true. Fan Art is the voice of the crowd, a visceral expression of Sport’s emotional resonance.
FAN ART THROUGH THE YEARS
Fan Art is such a large part of the Road Cycling landscape it’s hard not to fall in love with it. What follows is a brief timeline featuring they key moments that led to the creation of this project.
- 2010: We created Manual for Speed, which is itself a testament to our interest in the Greatest Sport on Earth.
- 2011: After just one season of Domestic and European races we amended our About copy to read “The Greatest Spectacle on Earth. ‘The Greatest Spectacle on Earth’.
- 2012: We commissioned Dan Fundergurgh to create a Paris-Roubaix inspired poster.
- 2013: We created Kasual Klub, a clothing collection inspired by our favorite Human Athletes.
- 2014: We commissioned Naomi Haverland to create a one-of-a-kind Chalk Art Piece on Stage 7 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
- 2015: Sam Taylor sent us an unsolicited email, reproduced below.
- 2015: Manual for Speed presents TDF All-Stars with Specialized.
Subject: Cycling Art
I’m friends with Tom Slater and have been lurking your site for a while. I’ve been watching Le Tour everyday and done some fan-art for a few of the riders I wanted to show you. Feel free to post these as I’d love some proper cycling fans to see them!
All the best,
EXAMPLES OF FAN ART AT THE TOUR DE FRANCE
MFS Artist Residency: Karan Singh
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