Hucklebuck was contacted this Spring to take part in the 199C: All-Star Edition gallery show at BLDG in Covington, Kentucky. The goal of the exhibit was to celebrate Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. With the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati they limited the invitation to 50 or so regional and national All-Star artists. Using baseball as the basic subject matter, we were asked to create an original work in any media.
Growing up in Ohio I was the classic kid collecting baseball cards, chewing that nasty gum, going to games, and being torn between the Indians or the Reds. With all of those Ohio baseball memories I chose to do a piece around Pete Rose. Directionally, I latched onto the visuals of the wax wrappers that baseball cards came in when I was a kid. The colors and the impact of those graphics always grabbed me. The image of Pete Rose pointing after going for his record setting 4,192nd hit sums up his legacy and made for a great silhouette. I can still remember the day I heard he was being suspended and ultimately banned from baseball. It’s a decision that still resonates in pop culture. He’s a polarizing figure. I chose the title “Ohio Player” because depending on what you bring to the piece you can see it two ways. Either he’s a legend or a crook. The poster was printed at Powerhouse Factories in Newport, Kentucky. I had a commemorative stamp made that we used for the edition to add another layer to the piece. The stamp was made by Dayton Stencil Works.