Artist Adam Port and Shaquille O’Neal Are Teaming Up For a Dope Art Print Series

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If you're not already familiar with the work of photorealist artist Adam Port, there's no better time than now to start learning all about him. The New-York based artist has been on the sports painting and photorealism art scene for over 20 years, but his latest endeavor will see him team up with a basketball icon, the legendary Shaquille O'Neal.

Shaq and Port are collaborating on a series of fine art prints, 32 to be exact, all based around the artists' original painting that showcased the Hall of Famer's first signature shoe, the Reebok Pump Shaq Attaq "Orlando."

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The 32 prints, representing Shaq's original jersey number with the Orlando Magic, are signed by the basketball legend. All of the proceeds from the sales of these prints will be donated to The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation.

The Foundation dedicates itself to helping youth in communities that have traditionally been underserved or ignored. Per the organization's website, their goal is "to create pathways for underserved youth and help them achieve their full potential."

Each print costs $899 and measure 25”x33”, all printed on archival, smooth rag 315gsm cotton fiber paper, and come stamped with "The Art of Adam Port Limited Edition," so you know you're getting the real deal.

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Originally released in 1992, Shaq's first signature shoe—the Shaq Attaq 1—came out before he had even taken a single shot in an NBA game. The hype around him was so real that Reebok gave him a shoe as fast as they possibly could. The shoes got a lot of love in the sneakerhead community, and we were rereleased in 2013 and 2017, the latter to help celebrate the shoe's 25th anniversary.

Port explained the idea behind creating a line around the Shaq Attaq 1s: “Although not the original from ‘92, the sneaker presented in the painting is a retro from 2017. Reebok did a great job replicating the original sneakers as well as the accompanied hangtag. I found a deadstock pair on eBay and quickly bought it. I then photographed it in my studio from every angle. Ultimately, I chose to use only 1 sneaker and showcase it from the side with just enough of an angle for the pump, featured on the tongue, to be in plain sight.”

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