The Art of Wrestling: KC artist Rob Schamberger wants to paint all 208 pro-wrestling champions by Justin Kendall
Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 25, 2012
By Rob Schamberger’s count, pro wrestling has crowned 208 world heavyweight champions. And by the time he finishes painting all 208 — and there will likely be more champions by the time he’s done — he’ll probably wish there were fewer.
“When Colt Cabana beat Adam Pearce, I was like, Oh, Jesus — 209,” Schamberger says. “Then I saw that he’d held it before, so that was good.”
The idea came, says the 32-year-old Kansas Citian, in a temporary “moment of insanity.” His vision: Paint every world champion in pro-wrestling history, from Hulk Hogan to Georg Hackenschmidt to … David Arquette? (The actor won World Championship Wrestling’s world title in 2000.)
“When I announced the project, one of the first questions I got … was, ‘Are you actually going to do David Arquette?’ And I’m like, ‘I said I’m doing all of ’em.’”
In a Twitter message to Schamberger, Arquette committed to buying his painting.
“You are a sick artist man,” the actor wrote. “I’m ordering a painting of myself as the Champ.”