With record temperatures keeping South Florida locals indoors this summer, Miami Beach artist Lacko Illustration has his eye on the start of the NFL PreSeason which marks the debut of his animated Mechagodzilla cover for The Seattle Times.
Celebrating the contributions of the defensive backs for the Seattle Seahawks who are nicknamed the “Legion of Boom,” Lacko created a hybrid football Kiru (Japanese for “machine dragon”) wearing Seahawk colors and fiercely guarding the ball.
The NFL PreSeason kicked off on August 3, was perhaps the most anticipated team taking the field this summer is the Seattle Seahawks who kickoff against the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, August 25. Washington football fans are not only ranked highest when it comes to team loyalty, but also rated loudest when they reached over 137 decibels of ear-splitting sound cheering their team to victory at CenturyLink Field.
To gauge just how passionate Seahawks fans can be, know that 137 decibels of cheering equates to a jet engine at 100 feet or a rock concert in full throttle. Sustained exposure to sounds over 90 decibels may cause permanent hearing damage – but that fact certainly won’t quiet a football fan on gameday. The Times serves as a vital link between players and fans. At the end of the 2016-2017 NFL season, former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took out a full page ad in the newspaper to thank his fans before he left to play for the Oakland Raiders.
In the stands, Seahawk fans wear lime green wigs, bright blue face paint and massive bird headdresses to show their team spirit, so the editors at The Seattle Times wanted a cover with a degree of intensity that mirrors that fanaticism. John Lacko laughs, “The Seattle Times contacted me earlier this year to see if I might want to take on a top secret project that would capture the attention of NFL fans. I knew I was up to the challenge.”
Starting out with pencil sketches based upon the specific contortions of an NFL defensive player combined with the massive robotic structure of the Japanese extraterrestrial super villian, Lacko began to merge the mechanical with the muscular. “I struggled to make a 1970’s era space monster look more athletic. The one unifying factor for both characters is the notion of the BOOM, the moment of impact when monsters collide or players like Richard Sherman impact the ball.”
Lacko’s full length monster covered Washington’s largest-circulation daily newspaper on September 4th, reaching nearly 350,000 readers in the Pacific Northwest. To add a layer of excitement to the NFL season launch, Lacko also created a 20 second animated spot featuring the booming footsteps of a massive Seahawk Mechagodzilla batting away a football. The teaser spot will appear on http://bit.ly/LOB_MechaGodzilla