As a child growing up in the 70′s, there was one man that all of my friends and I had as our childhood hero.
All-American daredevil Evel Knievel.
We watched his epic jumps on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. They were HUGE events for not only us kids, but the entire nation. ESPN “extreme sports” didn’t exist back then. Knievel created the genre of extreme sports. He was an extreme sport all unto himself.
We spent hours playing with our Stunt Cycle toy sets. But nothing was better than riding around the neighborhood on our bikes, pretending we were stuntmen too. We’d constantly challenge each other to see who could jump the farthest. We’d launch ourselves off of crudely cobbled together ramps, built from anything we could find. We had some spectacular jumps, but we also had some equally spectacular crashes.
I recently told my oldest son about Evel Knievel. We watched his jumps online and took out books from our local library. Those were a good start… But nothing charged him up more than that day he took his first bicycle jump off of his skateboard ramp. After his shaky landing, the look of pure excitement in his eyes spoke volumes. That thrilling shared experience of his first jump, totally transported me back to my OWN childhood and we totally connected that day. I looked at my grinning son and said… “Yeah… I know.”
This print is my tribute to the great Evel Knievel and all junior daredevils everywhere…
•Hand-pulled silkscreen print
•18″ x 24″ on 100# Cougar Natural paper.
•Printed with water based non-toxic ink
•8 colors (including Metallic silver)
•Signed and numbered edition of 60
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