ACCOMPANYING THE PRINT:
Mags Hermano Flamingo says his favourite sport of all is basketball, but that isn't true. It is golf, but he loves basketball more. Because when he plays, he plays with his son Iggy.
It's Tuesday evening and, like every Tuesday, Iggy has the day off work. At 4:00 on the dot, Mags clocks out and hustles an hour across town to the neighbourhood basketball court before dusk sets in. The park has no lights, giving them only two and a half hours of play. It has been a weekly ritual since Iggy was little - before he could even make the net. Most weeks, with all the kids jockeying for the court too, they wait longer than they play...but it is worth every moment.
While Mags doesn't express in words just why he loves the game so much, it is easy to see. The rush of the play; the satisfaction of a good pick and roll, a good block, a good steal, a good hook shot. Shutting down the opposition by putting up a stronger defense - and doing it together, as a team. This is the most satisfying part. When he was younger, Mags would go for the glory shots. But now, with time, he's evolved. Everyone at the park calls him Pops. He takes a more supportive role - surely why Iggy's king of the J. He plays smarter, with strategy making up for lost agility. The opposition is invariably younger, more athletic, more energetic, quicker, but they don't play team basketball.
To win, which they do more often than not, Mags and Iggy need to anticipate each other's moves and intentions; they need to be in sync. This connection has migrated off the court, effortlessly strengthening their bond and growing their relationship. Lately though, Iggy has been missing their Tuesday dates. It isn't because he doesn't want to play or spend time with Mags. Nope, it's because he just welcomed his own son into the world. But soon Iggy will be back. And soon enough after that, Little will be big enough to play, and it'll be Iggy eagerly hustling to the basketball court after work.
IGGY & MAGS HERMANO AMERICAN FLAMINGO
8" x 10" Art Print, signed, with accompanying character story on separate sheet, in protective cello.
Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled fibre paper, Green Seal and Forest Stewardship Council® certified. Central & Gus donates a percentage of gross sales to animal welfare.