Beautiful Violence I

Beautiful Violence I


This photo was taken on December 8, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada

In a lot his fights, Wanderlei is covered in his blood or the blood of his opponents and his fans love it. We expect it because of how he fights. Due to the many stitches and wounds he’s accumulated over his career there is a large amount of scar tissue on his face so he would cut easily. This resulted in a sort of blood bath during his fights and I wanted to create a portrait worthy of his fight style and his moniker.

I figured if he was an Ax Murderer he’d be covered in blood, so let’s cover him in blood the right way. I knew a theatrical make up artist from the set of HBO’s True Blood and she got me some of the blood they used on set that was called MY BLOOD FLO HD. When lit properly, it shoots bright red to rich medium and always looks fresh and wet, like it spewed out of an artery.

Setting up a shoot with Wanderlei was easy but I needed the gym clear when I did this as it was going to be a bit graphic. In the middle of the day the gym was deserted and I got Wanderlei right after his private training and before his shower.

My brother applied the blood for this shoot. He used a decent amount of the MY BLOOD, added some water and Wanderlei brought the violence. I didn’t tell Wanderlei the concept as I didn’t want him to think about what I was going to do. I needed him to just go with it and once it got in his eye, he went full berserk with it, rubbing it all over him and screaming while doing it.

The entire shoot lasted maybe 2 minutes but it was beautifully violent and a true representation of what fans around the world grew to love about Wanderlei’s fight style as well as the aftermath. I doubt anyone can use that nickname unless Wanderlei himself, bestows it upon them.

Beautiful Violence I is the first of a 3 prints series.

This is a Limited Edition Giclée on cotton fiber paper.  

Photographer Eric Williams, signed the artwork in the presence of a Notary Public.


The image Size is 32 x 40

Approximate framed size 37 3/4 x 45 3/4


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