Canvas on canvas: Artists take on WWE icons

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November 15, 2012

Modern artists paint WWE Legends.

If you’re anything like us wrestling-obsessed nerds in the WWE Classics office, the first thing you think of when you hear the word “art” is Art Donovan, the NFL great who sat in at the commentary table during the 1994 King of the Ring Tournament with hilarious results. (“How much does that guy weigh?”) But it turns out there’s more to art than just a befuddled Baltimore Colt or a few homely French chicks hanging on the wall in some stuffy museum.

As a generation of kids raised on a steady diet of Jolt Cola, “The Karate Kid” and “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” blossom into functioning members of society, a new movement in pop art is emerging. Drawing inspiration from the Saturday morning cartoons and action movies they grew up watching, a group of artists is putting ’80s icons like “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Jake “The Snake” Roberts on a whole new type of canvas — and art collectors and gallery owners are suddenly hanging paintings of King Kong Bundy on their walls. (PHOTOS)

WWE hasn’t rubbed elbows with the art world since Andy Warhol accidentally wandered into Hulk Hogan’s locker room at The War to Settle the Score. (WATCH) That’s why WWE Classics spoke with four young artists who are turning Koko B. Ware and The Gobbledy Gooker into modern masterpieces. Get ready — here comes the paint!

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