Tristan Eaton & Deron Williams Team Up for Red Bull
B&A's Tristan Eaton debuted a mural featuring Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams as part of the duo's collaboration for Red Bull on Thursday evening. Located at Flatbush Ave. and Dean St., around the corner from Barclays Center, the 70-foot-long wall depicts the point guard and riffs on his tattoos – a panther and a rattlesnake.
"Working with Tristan was great," remarked Williams. "We got to know each other, and based on what I told him and his observations, he came up with the design ... it's different to see [this]. I've had a couple of art pieces done, but nothing this extreme. It's really cool."
Eaton also enjoyed his Q.T. with the basketball player. "We went to Barclays and shot hoops before the game when the arena was completely empty," the longtime Brooklyn resident said. "To be honest, I found a lot in common with Deron in terms of the focus and determination we share. With an athlete of his caliber, sports is a lifelong dedication; it's the same with me as an artist. I've dedicated my life to something I love and I'm always trying to become better at it."
When Williams stopped by to check out the work-in-progress earlier in the week, "he loved it," Eaton noted. "I told him it was his first time on a graffiti wall and my first time on a Jumbotron," referencing the Red Bull promo airing on the screen inside.
The mural is a (much) bigger rendition of a limited-edition Red Bull can created by Eaton, which includes another three images of Williams, portraying him as a triple threat: He passes, shoots, and drives to the hole. For the next few months, each Red Bull stocked within 75 miles of Manhattan will be the D-Will x Tristan edition.
See photographs of the mural and watch a video about the partnership at right.