This photo was taken on February 11, 2011.
I came up with this photo idea to help the new or casual fan understand MMA by using a pop culture reference to illustrate the similarities between an athlete's abilities and an iconic comic book hero.
Spiderman is arguably one of the greatest comic book hero’s of all time so this image had to be perfect. It took me 6 months to find the perfect mask and I drove from Los Angeles to Poway, CA on a gamble to get it. The cloth texture and the webbed eyes were perfect and it was a real shame I had to cut it open.
Anderson was going on a trip with his family, so I convinced him to do some family portraits before he left. My goal was to get this shot, so once the family pics were done, I pulled the mask out and he gladly put it on. This portrait is the crown jewel of that session. Even if you don’t know who Anderson Silva is, you get the impression that he’s a little more than human. Love him or hate him for his faults there is no denying his skill level and moments of true greatness in the Octagon.
I am a friend and a super fan of his and I’m happy he stopped me all those years ago in the elevator that we shared on the way to his fight.
This is a Limited Edition Giclée on cotton fiber paper.
The photographer, Eric Williams, signed the artwork in the presence of a Notary Public.
EDITION SIZE IS LIMITED TO ONLY 10 PIECES.
The image Size is 32 x 40
Approximate framed size 37 3/4 x 45 3/4