“I’m addicted to Basketball.” says Matthew Stasyna, better known as NBA Humorist TURBOZONE.
“There’s nothing in the world like it. Take the biggest humans in the world, with the biggest egos battling each other for inches for 48-minutes. All at full-speed. It’s amazing to watch.”
“Throw in all the different attitudes, player histories, millions of fans and billions of dollars and it makes for one heck of a spectacle. I’m happy to be part of it, using my skills to promote the Raptors and the NBA.”
Turbozone’s unique coverage of the Raptors has earned him features on NBA.com, ESPN, TSN, Yahoo Sports, Dime Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Hockey News and various other sports sites across North America. He’s also done work for several NBA players, won the Toronto Raptors Logo Re-Design Contest (2014) as well as the Toronto Raptors Northside Pride Contest (2015). He’s a fixture in the Raptors blogging community, where his “sigs” grace many people’s profiles.
He posts his Basketball thoughts on the RealGM Raptors Forum.
Matthew Stasyna was born in Toronto and has been making art since he was a child.
After drawing his way right through school, he decided to merge his work with his passion, earning a degree in 3D Animation and Graphic Design.
Learning these Digital Art skills allowed him to express his love for basketball through creative software.
This was a great outlet because whether he liked it or not, NBA daydreams were a normal part of his everyday life. Evidenced by the hundreds of original-concept NBA-themed art pieces he produces each year.
“I’ve had naturally-occuring basketball-themed daydreams every day of my life for years. They started when I was about 10 and haven’t stopped. I don’t know where they come from, but they’re very vivid and are the best part of my day.”
“What I mean is I could just be walking down the street and suddenly I’ll start daydreaming about everything basketball. I’ll picture the people around me doing power dunks & windmill slams. I might envision the man in front of me dunking over Shaq, next I’ll imagine skyscrapers posting each other up or just get lost in some other basketball fantasy altogether. It sounds crazy and far-out I know, but it happens daily so I might as well own it. Just the way I’m wired I guess. It’s like Basketball and my Imagination got crossed and are stuck on this infinite loop together.”
“Throw in the fact I love the game, am addicted to art and am saturated with NBA highlights all day and you have the recipe for some really fun art pieces. It’s very clear that making NBA Art is my calling and I’m going to follow that feeling to see where it takes me. Basketball fans support and egg me on; they’re my fuel and I’m just honoured they enjoy my work.”
Over the next few decades, he plans on releasing Thousands of NBA Sigs, Trading Cards, Wallpapers and Video Mixes.
“That wouldn’t even be 1% of what I’ve seen in my imagination.”
“The saddest part about my life is that no matter how long I live, I will never be able to make them all. For every Raptor piece I make there are at least ten that die on the drawing board just because I don’t have the time to make them.”
“Ideally I want to make NBA Artwork for a living. That way I could just do what I was born to do. Promote the sport that I love.”
“That’s my Basketball Dream.”
Matt is currently a Motion Graphics Artist for Cineplex and Design Instructor at the Toronto Film School.
He also helps people improve their health as a certified Personal Trainer.
He lives in and loves Toronto.
To check out some of Matt’s other art projects, you can visit his homepage.
Want to reach Turbozone? Got a question? An art request? You can reach him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Be nice to each other and life will be a Slam Dunk!”