The EuroCopa Final is upon us and Italy have fought their way against all odds with talisman Mario Balotelli leading the line versus the reigning world and European champions, Spain. Super Mario, as he's come to be known, represents not only the future of Italian football but is also the ultimate triumph-over-adversity story. Mario has overcome the racist chants and graffiti insults flung his way such as, "there's no such thing as a black Italian," he has emerged like quality steel; tempered in the hottest flame. Balotelli, at twenty-one years young, has fought through racist abuse his whole life and in the semi-final took the team on his back in victory over favorites Germany, scoring two empathic goals and posing shirtless after a thunderous volley in celebration; flexing with the Hulk's power and Jessie Owen's strength; I'm black and I'm proud. Anyone who is a champion of the human spirit tune into Balotelli's career and tonight's Euro 2012 Final, hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Best place outside of Spain to see Dali's artwork is Tampa, Florida visited there in June. Here is a sketch from a series of surrealist ink drawings of a narrative and satirical nature. The series was reminiscent of tarot cards as Dali uses the old master style on toned paper with major emphasis on line weight and symbolism . A common design thread was that the focal point was tightly worked with crosshatching in contrast both tops and bottoms were drawn loose with more free-handed flair. A must see part of the Tampa experience along with Cuban bread of course, I will be making a return trip soon. Hope you are all enjoying your summer and football. Cheers.