Images contain photography by Stanley Weston from The Stanley Weston Archive / Patrick Scholz
In conjunction with Joe's Pizza, the famed New York City pizza parlour, in 2015 I painted a 20 foot mural based on the life & times of Muhammad Ali. Boxer, philanthropist & word-smith, Muhammad Ali was a man willing to shake the system and speak his own mind in a time of cultural unrest.
While painting the mural, I was approached by people of all ethnicities and gender. It was amazing to see the diverse scope of Ali's popularity and the respect the community holds for him. At one point, I was approached by an older fellow from Louisville, Kentucky who began to tell me the story of Ali growing up mere streets away from his childhood home. When Ali was in training to win his gold medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics, Ali would borrow the man's family axe to go out and lop trees to gain upper body strength.
You can find the mural on the corner of Bedford Avenue & N 5th street in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.