Ukiyo-e has inspired countless numbers of spinoffs that have riffed on everything from Star Wars and Nintendo characters to animated gifs. But one mashup we did not see coming was Edo Ball, a series of artworks by Australia-based art director Andrew Archer and “inspired by basketball, Japan, NBA and culture.”
The series began in 2013 and its genesis, as art projects usually are, came from the artists genuine passion for basketball, ukiyo-e, and Japanese culture. The original series, aptly titled “Season 1” included 12 artworks released in 2016. Now on “Season 2,” Archer has just recently released 10 new artworks. Each artwork has a story behind it; one that is either based on Japanese mythology, history, NBA players themselves or a combination of all of the above.
Prints are available in Archer’s online shop for $42 each.