It’s been far, FAR too long since we had a “WiaA” post and all of this great artwork was backing up on my computer. These should be shared with as many eyes as possible so it was about time these were published.
As always, if you know or are the artist of any of these pieces, PLEASE comment below so we can give you credit and thank you for sharing your talent!
Gallery after the jump.
Since one of TNA’s “big 4” PPVs in live tonight (Lockdown), I figured it was about time I was able to examine TNA Wrestling a little more closely in 2013.
Now it’s no secret I’m a TNA fan… or I should say was. It’s not just what they’ve done to the product over the last few years or the people they’ve brought in or pushed, it’s more of the fact that I just don’t have time for TNA. Since WWE has moved Monday Night Raw to 3 hours every week, I cover a “10 Thoughts” column on that show, follow that up with writing news articles from the fallout of a 3 hour show as well as the next day’s taping of a 2 hour SmackDown and trying to keep up with what is going on in the constantly improving NXT developmental territory. Plus the addition of a podcast Thursdays (The Creatively Endeavored Wrestling Pulsecast that you can find on BlogTalkRadio.com or on iTunes) and monthly interviews with the likes of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Rob Schamberger, Adam Cole and more. God forbid it be a PPV week as well! And that’s just my “wrestling business” life! While I work on these passion projects, I also have a day job to pay the bills, a Victorian house from the 1800s that we’re still trying to get settled into & renovate, a 2-year-old that epitomizes the “terrible twos” while being wickedly awesome at the same time and a wife who tries to support me in everything I’m trying to do while also carrying a baby! The Harrak household is just one project, chore, event, job or playtime after another with hardly time to sleep or eat. When we first moved into our home, we decided to “name” it “Serenity” as it was our one safe haven (and that Firefly was a badass TV show). But now I’m thinking we might need to rename it to “The Thunderdome”. Unfortunately the piece that’s been left by the wayside in all of this has been TNA.
After searching the interwebs for more wrestling artwork last weekend, I once again came across the work of Kansas City artist Rob Schamberger. Schamberger made many pro-wrestling & mainstream news sites in 2012 with his idea to paint every NWA Champion & display the finished collection in a KC gallery.
Well when I came across his official site once again, there was much more pro-wrestling material than just former NWA Champions. So I took it upon myself to put together a desktop wallpaper of his work and honestly it’s been on my laptop, iPad and phone for the last week! I couldn’t help but share his greatness with fellow wrestling fans but first, I wanted to post some background on Schamberger from his official website.
Rob Schamberger is a Kansas City born and bred artist with a lifelong love of comic books, illustration, cubists (Pablo Picasso is his all-time favorite artist), street artists, quality crime dramas, and other hipster things. He lives in a lovely loft overlooking the river with his wife and two cats.
Rob has had one book, The Believer, published with Image Comics, written by Rob and drawn by Thom Thurman. He has self-published four graphic novels he wrote and drew: The Black Chamber, Too Late, Too Soon, and The Promotion. He has had comics and illustrations published by The Kansas City Star. His illustrations and paintings have been exhibited in various galleries and museums on a consistent basis since 2008. His work has been featured on wwe.com.
Rob’s studio is located at 108A Missouri, Kansas City, MO 64106. Studio visits by appointment only.
Please be his friend on the Facebook.
Follow him on the Twitter.
Tumble with him on the Tumblr.
Send a love letter to robschamberger at gmail dot com.
And now, the wallpaper: