EDO ball

江戸ボール

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork is created from scratch and has a unique story behind it.

The series started in 2013 with two personal artworks I 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.

After multiple project collaborations with basketball brands based on the two popular artworks, I decided in mid 2016 to revisit the series. They had always been on my mind and my passion for the game and culture was forever growing.

Over the last 12 months I have patiently crafted 8 new original artworks to accompany the original 2 artworks. Each artwork has a story behind it. Some are based on Japanese mythology and culture, others are narratives based on players nick-names and some are created from popular sayings from the game of basketball.

Each artwork is available as prints, postcards and T-shirts from the store.


Art prints

Beautiful basketball art presented as museum quality prints on archival paper. All prints are available in the Japanese 'Oban' print size (10' x 15'). The full collection of 10 artworks are available individually and as sets of 2 or 3.

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Want a print but also want to own the full set? We've got you. You can obtain a Giclee print and a set of 5 postcards as well as T-shirts and the option to make a combination of all 3 items. The ultimate basketball art for true fans of the game and it's culture.

The Story behind each Artwork


Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

the rock

岩は

One of the two original artworks which inspired the series. The Rock (a nickname for the basketball) is the centrepiece in the game of basketball. It lives, it gives, it takes away and the rock never lies. 

Maybe the most amazing attribute of The Rock is it's ability to bring people together from all cultures, religions and backgrounds. Anybody can get in a game and shoot The Rock.


the black mamba

ブラックマンバ

On the 23rd of August 1978, Kobe Bryant, a.k.a The Black Mamba was born. Kobe spent 20 seasons in the NBA showcasing his iconic playstyle which was much like the snake itself. A relentless attacker with fantastic coordination and fundamentals, Kobe had the ability to break down any defender 1 on 1 and took over games with the best of them. 

"These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess." - Kobe Bryant

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

THE object of desire

欲望の対象

The one and only Object of Desire, the basketball. The sleepless nights after a bad game, the summer afternoons with the squad at the park. Fans of the game are born with the desire to play, to compete and to be involved in the culture of the game.


The ghost

幽霊

The second of the two original artworks which inspired the series. Yūrei is a faint spirit or also a ghost in the Japanese culture and religion. There are many different types of Yūrei, and they differ in many ways depending on the circumstances on their death. 

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

The bunny

ウサギ

Bunnies, hops, ups or just jumping. Every ball player wants as much bunnies as possible, the higher you can jump the greater the dunk. This iconic coastal scene capturing the explosiveness of a basketball dunk is sure to impress.

There have been many great jumpers over the years but maybe none better than Half-ManHalf-Amazing, Vince Carter


The reign MAN

雨人

Shawn Kemp, a.k.a The Reign Man was born November 26, 1969 and was one of the greatest high flyers of them all. He spent the majority of his NBA years playing for the Seattle Supersonics, a city which is notoriously known for always raining.

Kemps signature shoe, The Kamikaze is one of the most unique shoes to bless the hardwood and matched his on-court personality flawlessly.

 

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

The splash bros

スプラッシュ兄弟

Steph Curry & Klay Thompson are The Splash Brothers, the starting PG & SG duo of the Golden State Warriors. The Splash Brothers nickname refers to the duo's ability to "splash" the net with the ball, particularly on three-point shots.

Arguably two of the greatest shooters of all-time, The Splash Brothers can make it rain from anywhere on the court. The shooting range, quickness of release and fundamentally sound shooting form makes them a tough cover for anyone. 


The sniper

狙撃兵

We have all have played against a sniper, a long range shooter who camps on the three point line raining down shots from a distance. This iconic artwork of Sir Snipealot showcases the fundamental shooting form possessed by the games
best shooters.

But there is also another sniper in the game, the one responsible for flopping.  A flop is an intentional fall by a player after little or no physical contact by an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul.

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.

The reaper

死神

Shinigami is the death reaper in the Japanese culture and religion and is responsible for inviting people to the underworld.

Shinigami was present on March 10, 2013 at a Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers game and is assumed to have been behind the vicious dunk by DeAndre Jordan on
Brandon Knight.


The KLAW

かぎつめ

Kawaii! And Kawhi Leonard, a.k.a The Klaw. A two way player for the San Antonio Spurs who is known for his
defensive prowess.

Sporting a long wingspan and extremely large hands makes The Klaw a nuisance on the defensive end of the court. Kawhi is also the leader of the Cornrow Club, being one of the last NBA players to rock cornrows.

Basketball art inspired by the game for the ultimate hoop fan. Edo Ball is a series of artworks inspired by Basketball, Japan, NBA and Culture. Each artwork has a story behind it.