“You Have Our Gratitude”

Sooooo the one thing I always wondered was WHY didn’t Han ever get ANY love from people? I mean….you see all sorts of Bruce Lee stuff everywhere you go. Even I am guilty of that. And that’s fine, as Bruce is very deserving of everything out there. But come on….Han(for those of you who might not know…Han was the baddest bad guy ever…from the movie Enter the Dragon) needs to get some respect too.
He was quite possibly the coolest bad dude ever.
AND….it is to him, that my brothers and I owe the name “Epic Proportions” too. I’m just going to go ahead and write the entire quote from which we got our name from. For those of you who have seen the movie, think back to when Bruce and all the other fighters were first welcomed to the island when they had the big ceremony. And Han came out with all those girls throwing apples in the air…and Han would throw darts into the apples.
“Gentlemen, welcome. You honor our island. I look forward to a tournament of truly EPIC PROPORTIONS. We are unique, gentlemen, in that we create ourselves. Through long years of rigorous training, sacrifice, denial, pain, we forge our bodies in the fire of our will. But tonight, let us celebrate. Gentlemen, you have our gratitude.”

I drew Han with a felt tip pen, scanned him in and messed around with the “levels” in photoshop. Ran a couple minor “blur” filters on him to soften him up. Then made a bitmap tiff out of it.
Then used a painted smudge from before that I had already bitmapped. And laid it out in Illustrator.

Unfortunately, actor Shih Kien who played Han, had passed away in June of 2009. So rest in peace brother. We’ll always be thinking of you.

I loved him as an actor and as the baddest mofo around.
Shih Kien, you have our gratitude.


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