Canvas on canvas: Artists take on WWE icons

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November 15, 2012

Marz jr.

Artist Marz jr. paints WWE Legends

It’s been a few decades since Marz jr. was old enough to eat Cookie Crisp while watching “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and not look like a total slacker. Still, the Los Angeles–based artist draws upon those easy days of eating junk food and rewinding grainy recordings of “Saturday Night’s Main Event” on his parents’ VCR every time he picks up a paintbrush.

“A lot of it goes back to my childhood,” Marz jr. said of his colorful portraits. “It’s along the lines of watching “Ghostbusters” or “Goonies” as a kid. The possibility of going on an adventure on your bike was so awesome. I try to bring that feeling back to the people that look at my art.”

For Marz jr., that mission has translated to paintings of Bebop from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Star Wars” storm troopers and a battle royal’s worth of WWE Superstars, including Koko B. Ware, King Kong Bundy and Hulk Hogan.

“I was a huge fan when I was a kid,” Marz jr. admitted. “I remember my dad would take me to The Meadowlands every now and then to see some matches. And I remember seeing Hulk Hogan for the first time. That was the loudest I’ve ever heard a crowd.”

Like a lot of kids, Marz jr. grew up sketching the wrestlers, superheroes and baseball players he saw on TV. After graduating art school, he pursued a career in comics, but gave up on his own art. When he finally went back to drawing, his instincts led him to revisit the things he scribbled in the margins of notebooks as a kid.

“There was a store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that had old trading cards from WrestleMania III, so I bought two or three packs,” the artist remembered. “There was an image of Hulk ripping his shirt off. I drew that first and it started from there.”

Since then, Marz jr. has created portraits of Ultimate Warrior, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Demolition Ax in his distinctively adolescent style. All the while finding an audience in kindred spirits who grew up in the 1980s, daydreaming of becoming WWE Superstars.

“When you come across the wrestling fans, they get totally excited and wave their friends over,” Marz jr. said. “Hopefully it brings a smile to their faces.”

To see more of Marz jr.'s artwork, visit marzjr.com


To order his work, visit etsy.com/shop/marzjr

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