Before a soccer match, it’s traditional for the team captains to engage in a little gesture of sportsmanship: They shake hands, pose for a photo, and exchange small pennants, usually printed with their team’s name and sometimes the match date, opponent, venue, and competition. After the exchange, the captain heads to the sideline and hands the pennant to the equipment manager, who gives it a quick glance before stuffing it in a suitcase and taking it back home.
From my seat behind the away bench at Revs games, I got a good look at the pennants the team was handing out last year. Printed with only the team name and logo, I found them a bit lacking. Inspiration struck and I emailed the team staff.
“THESE PENNANTS ARE BORING. I’MA DO THEM NEXT YEAR.”
And so began a season-long project to make a different pennant for each Revolution home game in 2015.
I know, I know, long time, no update. But I’ve been busy! And you can come see me in person, displaying previous works, offering prints for sale, and demonstrating my current Revolution Pennant project at Cambridge Artists Open Studios on May 9 and 10, from 12-6pm each day. Any prints unsold at the end of this weekend will be posted on Etsy, too, so out of town pals can get a chance to grab some stuff.
I’ll be at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, right in the front window, sharing space with some fantastic visual and performing artists. It’s space #38 on your program, #1 on your bus line.
Still doing the Revs word series. Took me a while to get ones done this year, largely because of that whole Brazil thing, but these have been up at Gillette since September.
Daigo Kobayashi, “Skill.” Love this Kari Heistad shot so much I broke my rule about not using source images from losing games. Great portrait of a solid, underrated player.
Jermaine Jones, “Rogue.” I still can’t believe this guy plays for us. “Rogue” admittedly isn’t always a positive word but it’s the right one for a guy who plays on his own terms.
Andy Dorman, “Guide.” Wanted something to express friendship and support, the elements a guy who’s gone overseas and come back to his rookie team contributes. So glad he’s back.
Charlie Davies, “Bounce.” For his dance style celebrations, but more because what else to say about this guy than “comeback.” Man, do I love having to do a banner for him that is not for depressing reasons.
Patrick Mullins, “Twist.” That little extra spice from this year’s rookie banner, suggested by my buddy Adam.
Teal Bunbury, “Boom.” Like the goal call for his first US appearance.
I never did get around to posting the entire story of the World Cup in Germany in 2006. This is the original trip report, and, except for some dead links and a little clarification, hasn’t been retroactively edited. The text below is what I ran up in July of 2006.