Meet the Man Behind the Rumble Kong League’s Visuals

The Rumble Kong League is a digital 3-on-3 basketball online game that launches this yr. Be taught extra right here.

The Rumble Kong League has taken the NFT world by storm, with many NBA gamers getting in early, as the corporate appears to be like to reveal what a digital basketball league appears to be like like within the metaverse.

SLAM just lately caught up with the artist who designed the Rumble Kong League’s electrifying visuals, Le’Jon LaMon, aka Sickpencil, to study extra about how he received concerned with RKL.

SLAM: How did you get into artwork? 

SICKPENCIL: Artwork was simply one thing I all the time did. My grandmother began me, and its humorous once I look again, it looks like I simply couldn’t let it go. 

SLAM: Do you may have a favourite challenge? 

SP: I believe my Nipsey [Hussle] murals. That was such an attention-grabbing time. I had by no means even finished murals earlier than and I used to be simply starting my self-employed artwork profession. [It was] a tragic state of affairs however it pushed me into the place I’m now. I felt actually good once I was engaged on these murals. I’ve a Kobe mural in Downtown L.A., on a random brick wall, I imagine on Hill St. Or I did…I’m truthfully undecided it’s nonetheless there as a result of taggers had been busy throughout COVID. 

SLAM: Are you an enormous hoops fan? 

SP: For certain. I went to Fairfax, an enormous basketball faculty. Our faculty staff was sponsored by LeBron. The well-known Fairfax LeBron footwear had been throughout my time there.

SLAM: How did you get entangled with Rumble Kong League? 

SP: I discovered myself doing a number of by-product Ape paintings. I should have finished 50 or 60 Ape commissions and I met a number of nice folks and located an excellent set of collectors who supported it. Marcus [Bläsche, RKL CEO] discovered me this manner and got here to me with an concept to create a 10k Challenge based mostly off Kongs. I then went and created a prototype which was horrible, however I have a tendency to do that factor the place I create one thing, and sit on it for a bit and I come again to it with a very totally different imaginative and prescient of it. That subsequent design was the one we each cherished.

SLAM: What’s most intriguing about RKL?

SP: The whole lot of the challenge. I’m solely 9 months or so into NFTs and crypto, and the fellows on the RKL staff…I’ve discovered a ton from them in regards to the NFT area. It’s a continuing studying expertise and I get to create, so it’s nice.

Be taught extra in regards to the Rumble Kong League right here.

Illustration by Sickpencil.


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