Artists often describe the inspiration for their work as profound -- Munch's deep feelings of anxiety and doom sparked "The Scream", while Scream was fueled by Wes Craven's feelings of stabbing the crap out of Drew Barrymore. Proving inspiration needn't be cerebral, Adam Sidwell and 52 Bad Dudes.
Billed as a pet project to keep up the graphic artist's chops, 52BD's mission's simple: have people submit "bad dudes" from pop culture, then
throw on a tank top and fight crazy ninjas on endless moving Mac trucks pick one each week to work up and sell in a ltd run of 50 prints. Eschewing the obvious Data East offering, NES games get repped by a trio of Warhol-esque, super-colorful mini posters featuring Mega Man enemies Quick Man, Air Man, and Metal Man, who's still pissed Black Sabbath sang about how Fe(y) he is. Other eye-catching options include Javier Bardem's grimacing visage ("No Country For Old Bad Dudes"); Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's bust outlined comic book-style in blue ink, overlaid with the quote "My style is 'Whoop That Ass'"; and Locke from Lost, with his nostrils emitting a swirling, ominous black cloud, which in his case is most likely looming typecasting, with a chance of scattered unemployment.
Depending on the popularity of each print, it's possible he may decide to do a second run, though never a third, because its hard to pull off anything when your inspiration is Liev Schreiber.