BLAZERMANIA: Player Spotlight, Nathan McKee April 24 2015

We had a chance to catch up with Nathan McKee, one of the artists we'll be featuring in our upcoming Blazermania show, with Trillblazin, opening at Gallery 135 in Portland Oregon May 7th.

Nathan gave us the inside scoop on one of his favorite Blazers, as well as which classic wrestler he'd like to see in the ring with the legendary Arvydas Sabonis.

Spikes High: I didn’t grow up a Blazers fan, and to be honest I'm a little new to Blazermania (I moved here in 2007). Sabonis happened at a time that I wasn’t following the NBA closely. What is it about the big man that Portlanders love so much?
Nathan McKee: I think Portland embraced Sabas cause he was just a no nonsense player. He was older than most of the other guys on the team at that time, and definitely more professional. I mean, the guy was 31 and just had so much heart. Also, waiting years after you draft a player for them to finally come over and fill that position you needed helps.

SH: The Blazers drafted Sabonis in ‘86. Can you even start to imagine what those Drexler/ Portler/ Buck Williams/ Kersey early 90’s teams would have looked like with him?
NM: Ah man how, can you not imagine! That Blazers team was the cream of the crop. Always there, but never quite able to push it over the top. A big man that can pass and shoot from anywhere, as well as dominate the paint? Forget about it. Add Sabas in his prime and that's a title or two easy. The thought of a young Arvydas battling a young Shaq in those days gives me goose bumps.

SH: I know you like yourself some classic WWF. Who would be the best matchup for Sabonis in the squared circle? I would say Undertaker, but that might end up being a pretty boring match.
NM: I'm a classic WWF fan so I'd go a little further back. I like him in the ring against a Big John Studd or even Roddy Piper. Let him be the good guy & take on some of those classic villain types. I could see Roddy running his mouth just talking smack, Sabas just staring him down in dead silence and out of nowhere head butting him with that giant forehead & laying Piper out cold.

Just remember, he's not my Vydas, he's not your Vydas, he's Arvydas!

Follow Nathan's Instagram for a deeper look into the man behind the paper, and RSVP for Blazermania on the event page to see his work in person. Blazermania opens May 7th at Gallery 135.

"The Flight of Connie Hawkins" by Nathan Gelgud July 25 2014

Nathan Gelgud has been down with Spikes High from jump!
We are delighted to re-present his “The Flight of Connie Hawkins" strip here.

Connie Hawkins was one of the greatest basketball players of his era, even though his legacy was almost lost due to scandal. This is his 24 panel story of redemption!
This story is adapted from Loose Balls, Terry Pluto's oral history of the ABA, and was originally published in Smokes Signals Quarterly (

Nathan Gelgud is an illustrator whose clients include Paris Review, Random House, Nike, and The Believer. He's about to move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, but will still root for the Knicks.
See more of his work at


Special Zero "Regrets" by Kevin Egan July 17 2014

Special Zero is the time traveling creation of Queens based New Yorker Kevin Egan. Egan is a singer/songwriter/musician who thinks he's a comedian. He is a member of seminal NY Hard Core band Beyond... but more importantly he once caught a foul ball hit by Reggie Jackson.

O.J. Simpson, as illustrated by Harold Henriksen June 20 2014

Earlier in the week Spikes High remembered the events of June 17th 1994 with the release of our "White Bronco" limited edition t-shirt and print, as well as the original ink painting that inspired the Tee/Print, by Berto Herrera. All of this OJ yacking reminded me of a brilliantly illustrated book I found months ago. Simply titled "O.J. Simpson", the 1974 children's reader was scribed by Paul J. Deegan, and illustrated by Harold Henriksen.
While I did not search long, information on Mr Henriksen was hard to come by. The bulk of his book illustration work seems to have come in a series on sports superstars (of which this volume is a part), most of which written by Mr Deegan. They also did a instructional baseball series on pitching and hitting. I am really looking forward to getting those in the studio. We will certainly be taking a look at some of these book as soon as we can find good images.
Spikes High will be sharing more about Harold Henriksen and his work in the future. Until then, lets check out some of these OJ Illustrations!

Book cover image

Interior illustration detail
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