Pat Riot is a non media-specific artist based in Los Angeles, CA and in 1986, while at Art School in Richmond, VA, an art teacher inspired him with the following words:
At the time, he had been doing a lot of sports-themed art pieces so he decided to take his absurdity to task and create a “pop-art,” pointillism portrait of his favorite baseball player, Darryl Strawberry of the New York Mets. After chewing thousands of pieces of colorful bubblegum, rolling them in little balls, and sticking the small dots onto a large sheet of white paper to resemble an impressionist, he got something like this...
The original didn't age that well, so 27 years later, he recreated a Daryl Strawberry 2.0 (above) and 4 more masterpieces of African American athletes that changed the game of baseball.
As one can imagine, the process of his creations are intense: