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Latest Project: Houston Astros World Series Champions

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

In October 2017, a corner of the office had an MLB Playoff bracket for $1, so I had the Houston Astros going all the way. I got laughed at for being hometown. Just as I got laughed at when I wore my Astros hat to this Pumpkin Lantern Blaze thing and took the Metrorail back home, which stopped by Yankee Stadium where my Astros lost 1 to 8. But guess what?

Astros won it all. 

And I won $4 instead of $8 because I had to split the pot with some other dude.

(Quick aside: My roommates, my good friend Joe and I sat in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium for the 2015 AL Wild Card game and we got boos, food and slurs hurled at us throughout the entire game. And the Astros won. And that's when I decided I'd root against the Yankees against everything ever for the rest of time.)

Anyway I happened to be in Texas for my other good friend and former copywriter's wedding, so I got to see the parade with my eyes and my other other good friend Caroline.

Here are some pictures to relive the magic.

This year, I filled out an NBA Playoffs bracket at work and guess who I have winning it all?

That's right, the Houston Rockets.

And guess how much money I'm going win?

No, you're actually wrong, I'm the only one who filled out a bracket so it'll just be me. It's a very sad situation.

Latest Project: Love is for Losers

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Years ago, when I was still at the University of Houston trying to make a website for laughs, I went to my neighborhood tennis courts, set up my dad's camcorder on the ground, and kneeled on the court waiting for the timer to take a picture.

I thought was so clever and well designed, art directed, and copywritten when I made it in the mid-2000s

I thought was so clever and well designed, art directed, and copywritten when I made it in the mid-2000s

Unable to face the shame of my poorly designed past, I opened up my computer and started noodling around, starting with seeing the four different Grand Slam tournament courts.

I tried making a pattern with the Wimbledon grass courts because the treading would be interesting, but it ended up being too busy. So I tried the French courts cause it was simple, has that discoloration from running around everywhere, and that clay color's kinda nice…even if it's French.

After lettering in Procreate and ping-ponging the PSD back and forth between my computer and iPad, I finally got it the way I wanted it to turn into postcards and send to every loveless person I know. Including myself. On a Friday night.

Send this postcard to your ex who you no longer see or think about but occasionally see on your social feed and is totally doing really well and is super happy now but it's no big deal because you're happy for her and it's for the best, and you're doing ok, too, you know?

Love is for Losers (2017). Digital

Latest Project: Houston Astros Space Race

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While walking Ego, Mark and I were talking about one of our usual three things. This time, it was sports, specifically how the Braves have a Freeze race around the track.

Why didn't Houston have something like that? The Nationals have the Presidents Race and the Brewers have the Sausage Race. Shouldn't the Houston Astros have the Space Race?

I laid in bed thinking about this Space Race. Should it be a competition of the space dogs that were involuntarily flown into orbit? Or American versus Soviet space capsules? I couldn't sleep cause I was so excited about what this Space Race could possibly be, when it hit me.

I got into work the next day and spent my morning cooking this up.

Coming to you in 2018 after the Astros win their first World Series.

Latest Project: Sports Clock

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Years ago, I made a sports calendar chart and hinted that baseball season was boring.

The people did not like that. And the tennis people didn't appreciate that the tennis season was just the four major titles with no tournaments in the middle, so I remade the chart.

This chart is wrong and inaccurate. Please don't download this. Get the correct one  here .

This chart is wrong and inaccurate. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

This chart is not well designed. Please don't download this. Get the correct one  here .

This chart is not well designed. Please don't download this. Get the correct one here.

Did the people like this one more? I suppose so. Friend of the blog, I Love Charts, asked if I'd like to include my the sports chart in their upcoming book.

If you don't want to download the JPG of the poster  here , you may buy the book  there .

If you don't want to download the JPG of the poster here, you may buy the book there.

Since then, I decided to make this into a real calendar. My old watch had a dial that took a year to make a full revolution and I wanted this sports chart to have the same mechanic.

Surely that thing had to exist on Amazon? No.

Ok, but surely it wouldn't be too hard to make? I seeked help on Craigslist and it was definitely hard to make.

After a little more searching, I found a Kickstarter where a guy did just that and called it "The Present". I waited patiently to buy his clock because it was out of my price range for $200, so in the meantime, I printed out the chart and attached it to the box it'd be glued to with rubber bands. Here are some things that happened in those three years:

  • Updated the chart and cleaned it up (2013)
  • Went to Boston to see the Houston Texans play the New England Patriots play in the Divisional Playoffs (2013)
  • Dwight Howard became a Houston Rocket (2013)
  • Visited all 50 states (2013)
  • Started a job at Grey (2014)
  • Got dunked on in Tompkins Square Park (2014)
  • Helped lead the Grey volleyball team to a 2-8 losing record (2014)
  • Warmed the Grey basketball team's bench (2015)
  • Tore my ACL and meniscus while playing basketball elsewhere (2015)
  • Watched the Houston Astros beat the Yankees in a Wild Card game and got food, insults and slurs thrown at me (2015)
  • Houston Rockets went to Western Conference Finals while I was in Thailand (2015)
  • Houston Cougars became AAC Champs and beat FSU in the Peach Bowl (2015)

Finally, a tweet promoting a Black Friday sale gave me the opportunity to buy The Present. When it came, I admired the artistry of the thing then gutted it for its parts and repurposed it for my thing. Everything is a remix.

Now as the days, months and sports season go by, I can know not only which hat to wear before leaving the apartment, but when to expect extremely boring ESPN Top 10 highlights. (It's July. Baseball highlights are boring, guys.)

Ego models my assortment of lucky hats.

Latest Project: Space Patches for the Houston Rockets

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In the second grade, an astronaut visited our class. I got some space patch stickers out of it and I wish I got to collect more. I didn't but it's still below my childhood bed in a box.

Then a couple years later, the Houston Rockets won their first championship. And another one after that. 1995 was my moon landing.

I decided to put the two together and make space patches of some notable Rockets seasons so some kid somewhere can collect fictional space patches for a sport.

Some research

Some research

Some sketches

Some sketches

There were a lot of great seasons to choose from but I made my favorite nine.

If you can guess what each patch is for, then you win a Larry O'Brien Trophy too!

Finally I made them into patches. Not because it was easy, but because it was hard.

Please note that not once during these project did I say a derivative of "Houston, you have a problem," joke because Houstonians don't say that.

Latest Project: James Harden as a Satyr. Half beard, half G.O.A.T.

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

Was reminded that this coming Lunar New Year will be the year of the goat (my mom's year!). Also, with the Houston Rocket's looking great led by James Harden, Greatest Of All Time, I decided to do this thing real quick.

Preliminary sketches from notebook. The Matilda sketches make an appearance.

Preliminary sketches from notebook. The Matilda sketches make an appearance.

Painting an NBA satyr while watching a nature program.

Painting an NBA satyr while watching a nature program.

Late-night thoughts while watching nature programs and painting mythological athletes.

Late-night thoughts while watching nature programs and painting mythological athletes.

Latest Project: US Soccer in the World Cup

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I love the World Cup and the Olympics because three times every four years, different countries with differing politics come together to a predetermined location and violentlessly battle it out according to predetermined rules until someone goes home a winner and everyone else a loser.

We, as humans, can't even agree on how to prevent melting polar ice caps, end modern slavery or settle border disputes, but somehow we,  as the same aforementioned humans, can agree on when a ball is out of bounds.

That's incredible.

And if we can somehow apply this binary, objective logic to the world's more important issues, who's to say the planet wouldn't be a better place? Surely Space Jam is a good case study on settling matters on the court for the sake of humanity.

Throughout the World Cup, I made things to support our soccer players on social media, besides the Soccer-Spangled Banner.

Stars and Emoji Stripes:   twitter.com/nathanhoang/status/478668415402389504  Before our first match versus Ghana, June 16, 2014

Stars and Emoji Stripes: twitter.com/nathanhoang/status/478668415402389504
Before our first match versus Ghana, June 16, 2014

What's more American than math that adds up to a rapper who goes by "2 Chainz?" June 17, after Brooks scored a goal in the final minutes to put USA up 2-1 against Ghana.

What's more American than math that adds up to a rapper who goes by "2 Chainz?"
June 17, after Brooks scored a goal in the final minutes to put USA up 2-1 against Ghana.

Pre-Anthem tweet for the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014.

Pre-Anthem tweet for the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014.

Dug into the archives for this one, before the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014

Dug into the archives for this one, before the USA vs Portugal match on June 22, 2014

Banner Yet Waves June 26, 2014. Before the deciding USA vs Germany match that would get us out of Group Stage

Banner Yet Waves
June 26, 2014. Before the deciding USA vs Germany match that would get us out of Group Stage

Before the USA vs Belgium match on July 1, 2014

Before the USA vs Belgium match on July 1, 2014

After the USMNT's early exit in the Quarterfinals after the Belgium game, July 1, 2014.

After the USMNT's early exit in the Quarterfinals after the Belgium game, July 1, 2014.

Latest Project: Soccer-Spangled Banner

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Germany’s language is like their flag: unpleasant.

English is a Germanic language, sure, but at least when Betsy Ross put the Star-Spangled Banner together, she picked an awesome color palette and an awesome pattern.

I’m a little early for Flag Day and (Founding) Father’s Day but with the World Cup underway, this one’s for Team USA.

A couple years ago, I made a patterned flag for Team USA while they competed in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and hung it over my building's roof so our neighbors wouldn't get our allegiance mixed up.

Pattern-Spangled Banner , 2012.

Pattern-Spangled Banner, 2012.

This year, we have new neighbors (I think?), therefore, this.

Latest Project: NBA Rookie, Troy Daniels' Twitter Profile Picture

Added on by Nathan Hoang.

After the Houston Rockets' first-round, game-four, 2013-04 playoff game loss, the Trail Blazers' deplorable Mo Williams started beef with Rockets rookie and hero of Game Three, Troy Daniels.

Nobody really knows the back story between the two guys with pluralized first names as last names (not even Troy), but when Troy Daniels put up better numbers than Mo Williams in Game Five, I made this:

The Rockets ended up losing the series in a heart-breaking, last-second shot but there were a lot of good takeaways from the season, specifically the series. One of which, include the time when Troy Daniels used this image for his new Twitter profile picture.

Way to go, Rookie. See you next year.