Pretty Pictures: Jordan Tabije’s illustrations of huge in-game dunks

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As a New York Knicks fan, I should be outraged at artist Jordan Tabije's slick, stylized rendering of Scottie Pippen's infamous detonation on Patrick Ewing from Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals. It's an ugly, disconcerting memory, and I'd greatly prefer not to think about it, thank you very much.

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But man, is that a cool-lookin' piece.

Tabije's remix of Nathaniel Butler's legendary photograph strips away all the extraneous elements — the court, the crowd, the other players on the floor (including, mercifully, Devine favorite John Starks, who had to just stand idly by and watch as Pippen elevated), everything — to render the moment of truth in simple black-and-white. That small swatch of red in the lower-left corner below Patrick's legs evokes the evil Pip's doing and the violence of his off-the-wing motion ... and, ultimately, gives Ewing's defeated body a resting place. (God, an 11-year-old me hated watching this.)

Pippen-on-Ewing is one of three in-game dunks that Tabije has worked up to date — he's also highlighted Vince Carter's epic 2000 Olympic high jump over French Knicks draftee Frederic Weis and a young Kobe Bryant's phenomenal 1997 preseason cram over an also young, not-year-fro'ed-and-feared Ben Wallace. All three share that same stark black-and-white illustrative approach, dropping out the rest of the world to focus on the instant of impact, and can be copped in a variety of sizes for a variety of prices, starting at $20.

Maybe if we buy up enough of these for the Pip, VC and Kobe fans in our lives, Tabije will throw me a freakin' bone and get a similarly styled Starks print up for sale. (By the way: Happy anniversary.)

But then, I'm being selfish. What in-game throwdowns would you like to see get the Tabije treatment? Let us know in the comments, on Twitter or at the BDL Facebook page.

Hat-tip to Design You Trust.

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