A month ago I posted Ryan Connelly’s account of how he painted a Penguins logo on a friend’s wall. Like all of RyCo’s DIY projects, he began by mapping out the logo in AutoCAD, a graphics program that works very well for this type of thing.
Now, a fancy-shmancy graphics program like AutoCAD is fine if you’re in the 1% like RyCo. But what if you can’t afford gold-plated software, or don’t have the key to the Exclusive AutoCAD Room at your work, or whatever? Reader Chris Hernandez — a proud member of the 99% — decided to make a Rangers wall logo simply by rubbing two sticks together, more or less. Here’s how he did it.
My DIY Rangers Wall Logo
By Chris Hernandez
First, I took the Rangers logo off of Google and copied it to Miscrosoft Paint (free!). Then I blew up the logo in the “Sketch/Skew” option to 500×500, which makes the logo about 3.5 feet by 3.5 feet. Then I printed out the various sections to create my template (for all of these photos, you can click on the image to see a larger version):
Once the template was cut out, I taped the top section together and adjusted it to make sure it was even. Then I took carbon paper (very inexpensive) and slid it behind each section, tracing the outline with pencil.
Rinse, lather, repeat:
As you go, you adjust each sheet to make sure it’s even, and so on. Once you’re finished tracing, you may have to tie up some loose ends with a ruler or a curve, if necessary.
After that, it was time to start painting. Home Depot has a book of officially licensed paint colors for each team in any professional sport (so if you want to take on that Chicago
Blackhawks headdress, godspeed). I bought one quart apiece of “NYR Red” and “NYR Blue” for $10 per can:
I started by painting the blue areas of the logo, using the carbon paper outline as a guide:
Next up: a section of red.
And then, finally, the white:
Thanks, Chris. And keep those DIY projects coming, people.
I love a woman in uniform: As part of an ESPN project, I’m trying to compile a list of notable moments or designs in women’s sports uniform history. I have lots of obvious examples — the Rockford Peaches, the All American Red Heads, Anne White at Wimbledon, the Aussie Olympic basketball unitards, Brandi Chastain’s sports bra, Serena Williams’s
catsuit denim skirt with boots Cameroon soccer-inspired outfit whole fucking wardrobe, Zola Budd’s bare feet, the entire sport of beach volleyball — but I have a feeling there are some major points on the timeline I’m overlooking. And in addition to female athletes, who was the first uniformed ballgirl? The first uniformed female mascot? And so on.
If you have any suggestions on this front, I’m all ears. Thanks.
Uni Watch News Ticker: New uniforms for USA Basketball. Can’t say I think much of that chest insignia, which feels sorta like an old-world European heraldic crest — not very USA-ish. … Disgraced former Mets equipment manager Charlie Samuels has pleaded guilty to theft and agreed to a hefty fine and lots of other sanctions (including being banned from Mets games, Brooklyn Cyclones games, and spring training). Good riddance. … Meanwhile, Samuels’s replacement, Kevin Kierst, has redecorated the team’s spring training clubhouse and eliminated most of the black. … We’ve seen the uni guideline posters that are posted in MLB and NFL locker rooms, but I’ve never seen the NBA version until now (from Scott Cummings). … Tom Konecny’s nephew’s seventh grade hoops team wears some very cool hoop socks. … Michael Jordan’s 1996 All-Star jersey at the Basketball Hall of Fame apparently has an upside-down numeral. … Sleigh Bells do nothing for me musically, but I do like how singer Alexis Krauss has been wearing a cleverly modified Michael Jordan jersey. … David Letterman, of all people, wore Jeremy Lin’s name and number on the back of his suit the other night (from Mikhail Herrera). .. Lonnie Chisenhall of the Indians is wearing No. 8 this year as a tribute to Cal Ripken Jr. (thanks, Vince). … Check this out: a hockey jersey with Velcro “seams” on the sleeves, for ease of fighting (good find by Kevin Dugal). … Second graf of this story says Bryce Harper showed up in Nats camp and promptly “stretched out his pants legs to his specification … [and] removed the elastic in the cuffs.” Not a good sign for the game’s biggest prospect. … Here’s a better look at Charlie Smith’s shark cage helmet, which he wore to protect a broken jaw in 1980 (from HHH). … New logo for Windows 8 (from Tom Mulgrew). … Interesting story about how Auburn football wore two black helmet stripes in 1981 as a memorial gesture for two players who died in car crash (from Jeremy Henderson). … San Diego State baseball equipment manager Sonny Sanfilippo is justifiably proud of his team’s new striped stirrups. … Some uni number shuffling for the Yankees (from Matt Harris). … Fun piece on the intersection between hockey masks and other masks from pop culture (from Terry Eckberg). … Here’s what the 2012 MLB All-Star Game baseball will look like (from Chris Flinn). … Oooh, if you’ve been looking for some football-themed fabric, this might be the coolest design you’ll ever find.