Victory Journal #6: Blood and Asphalt — New York, USA
The Journal of Sport and Culture
Victory Journal Issue 6 explores two elements any glory-seeking city kid is brutally familiar with: blood and asphalt. Its trained eye moves through time and tone from Anthony Blasko’s wine-dark photos of the UFC title fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, to illustrator David Rathman’s watercolor impressions of the Montreal Grand Prix, to legendary photo-realist Jerome Liebling’s portraits of handball players in Miami Beach. The excerpt from Rick Telander’s classic 1974 basketball tome, Heaven is a Playground, presents an old-school view of Brooklyn, while Massaer Ndiaye and Alessandro Simonetti spotlight Senegal’s long wrestling tradition. It is glory soaked in healthy sweat.