Andrew Archer has been an illustrator & art director for over 10 years with a true passion for basketball, art and culture. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and grew up playing pick up basketball at the local courts. Basketball has given him so much and led him to his love of culture and art.
He moved to Asia in his mid twenties for 3 years. He played pick up basketball with people all over Asia. On rooftop’s in Hong Kong, under bridges in Bangkok and on cracked courts in the middle of Cambodia. Often Archer couldn’t speak a word of the local language but the people always welcomed him to the game. It was like family no matter where he went.
The series started in 2013 with two personal artworks Archer created, The Rock & The Ghost. These artworks were created from the love and passion of the game of Basketball, Ukiyo-e art and Japanese culture. The subjects mixed together seamlessly and were incredibly popular with the Basketball and Japanese culture communities.
San Francisco based artist Victor Solomon has brought some sparkle to the sport with his series of elegant stained glass basketball boards that move the luxury lifestyle of the players onto the court. Solomon’s “Literally Balling” series makes a connection between the glamour of being a professional athlete and the historical opulence formerly reserved for royalty.
Warriors Win! To celebrate our first NBA Championship in 40 long years, UP is having a special Warriors Victory Sale. Starting Wednesday, June 17th at 10am (PST) EVERYTHING at upperplayground.com is 40% off. The entire site – 40% off for 40 hours. Take advantage while you can and enter the Code: 40FOR40 at checkout. You deserve it!
A recent collaboration between Mexican American artist El Mac, and All-Star basketball player Blake Griffin results in a striking mural covering the facade of a giant building in DTLA. Organized by Redbull, the aim was to bring to life the performance of an athlete through the eyes of an artist which El Mac aimed to accomplish. See for yourself and check out the mural just unveiled to the Los Angeles public.
Yao Ming sporting the Upper Playground logo tee while doing push ups in an NBA commercial? Well, it’s a 50/50 between ‘maybe’ and ‘not really’… But it’s a pretty funny commercial nonetheless, and gets us pretty pumped about the upcoming basketball season. Check out “Yao” in the UP t-shirt at the 0:26 mark.