Since the '77 Championship, the Blazers've been associated with many things, all of which Rasheed Wallace is attempting to smuggle through airport security as you read this. And now they're somehow associated with art, thanks to Boomshakalaka.
Produced by a cabal of 30 PDX artists, Boom's an epic black-'n-red-heavy group show of artwork inspired by our beloved Trailblazers, birthed from a common, semi-jokey, watch-games-while-we-work movement which morphed into full-fledged Blazermania the organizer calls "post-ironic", also the name of Joel Przybilla's Alanis-heavy warmup playlist. Things kick off with wall-hangables like 8-bit-style renderings of Topps cards featuring the championship team, a painting imagining what could have been with one simple Kevin Durant draft pick, and a totem-pole featuring Bill Walton and a trail cat, who unfortunately, also does not seem to have any idea where Bobby Jackson is. Boom also's boasting more sculptural works, like a huge championship banner dedicated to a longtime Rose Garden ticket-taker (complete with turnstile), an embroidered piece featuring a list of player names with check-marks beside the dudes with tats, and a porcelain rendition of the suddenly pervasive post-trey "three goggles", which unlike beer goggles, do not make a losing season any more attractive.
While some pieces're for show only, the majority of the works'll be available for purchase, which you can't say for the stuff on Rasheed, 'cause he's meeting up with J.R. Rider and 600 bags of...Bugles.