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More MMA Art That Doesn’t Suck

He really manages to capture almost *all* of Diego’s crazy. And bodily fluid. ArtProps: “Reflex” by Jorg R. Dubin

We’ve shared before with you our opinion on the state of artwork involving MMA, and we’ve showcased everything from scribblings to a double handful of caricatures by some guy on the internet, to a gallery exhibition by a “serious artist” featuring MMA fighters.

(You can tell he’s a serious artist because he has boobies in his paintings he’s examining sports combat themes and how they relate to the struggles in the lives of the average joe. Or something like that — look, he paints on linen and people pay 15 grand for his work, guy must be legit, right?)

We’re pleased to pass along the report that MMA-themed artwork continues to flourish, as evidenced by the increasing level of skill and creativity put into some of our favorites. Check out the updated collection of MMA Artwork That Doesn’t Suck after the jump.

MMA Undercurrent Series

We stumbled onto Erena Shimoda’s photography completely by accident, and were blown away. Shimoda’s signature underwater photography simultaneously slows the action of MMA and smooths the rough edges of violence from the technique being displayed. We don’t really know what it means, but it’s beautiful.


Art of the Dojo

Perhaps not quite so “high art”, portraiture is one of the most easily enjoyed art forms, since we all enjoy a pretty face.  Of course, if you can make a mug like Sakuraba’s aesthetically pleasing, you have our attention. Much respect to Mr Smith for these kinetically-charged portraits; you can check out MOAR of his work at his website.

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P2- June 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm
The Sakuraba portrait looks like a stoned Chris Leben. The Helio looks like Tim Roth in "Planet of the Apes." But, in the artist's defense, I am smoking a blunt with Chris Leben and watching "Planet of the Apes."
k-onda- June 1, 2011 at 10:28 am
The underwater photos suck - but then Brown's work doesn't. So it's not totally misleading.
RwilsonR- June 1, 2011 at 10:20 am
That Chuck Liddell one is hilarious! It looks like they put Chuck's head and shorts on GSP's body.
It is meant to be funny, right?
Cock_Chestnar- June 1, 2011 at 9:53 am
The title of this article is VERY misleading.
agentsmith- June 1, 2011 at 9:50 am
I was thinking more like Peter Cushing's character in Star Wars.
agentsmith- June 1, 2011 at 9:49 am
^ I don't get it.
ReX13- June 1, 2011 at 9:38 am
Beej, damn, call me out in front of everybody.
bgoldstein- June 1, 2011 at 9:26 am
Your 'Hey Colleen' tag is shameless, ReX.

Fried Taco- June 1, 2011 at 9:07 am
At first I thought the chick in the underwater pic was Gina. But then I realized she doesn't go near the water during whaling season.
ExpectJesusBro- June 1, 2011 at 8:51 am
Justin McAllister's sharpie portaits are cool as hell... Well done, son.
LOKI- June 1, 2011 at 8:44 am
LOKI- June 1, 2011 at 8:43 am
I never realized how much Helio looks like Bertrand Russell!
Me likey- June 1, 2011 at 8:41 am
sakaraba and helio are pretty cool.