Dak Prescott ‘sunken place’ mural is the best thing on the internet
The Dallas Cowboys' new face continues to take heat for national anthem protest comments.
Artist Trey Wilder has sparked conversation across social media about his mural that depicts Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott in the “sunken place.”
The Arlington-native channeled director Jordan Peele’s box-office smash thriller Get Out for inspiration following Prescott’s national anthem remarks, according to the Star-Telegram.
Exclusive: #DFW artist Trey Wilder talked to @startelegram about his mural that depicts #Cowboys @dak in the sunken place from @JordanPeele’s film ‘Get Out.’ Wilder said inspiration came from Prescott’s national anthem remarks+@cthagod @breakfastclubam https://t.co/pcNhuu2mcx
— Peter Dawson (@PT_Dawson) August 4, 2018
The NFLer agrees with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ zero-tolerance policy regarding standing for the national anthem. At training camp, Prescott stated that he doesn’t think the games are the right environment for protests against social injustices.
Naturally, his comments were met with fierce backlash online from fans, celebrities, politicians and fellow athletes.
Prescott told the Star-Telegram that he was “misunderstood.” However, you still won’t find him bringing politics into the sport and he plans on standing for the anthem.
“Honestly, I know he’s a superstar, but I’m not scared of Dak Prescott,” Wilder told the Star-Telegram. “But like in the movie, maybe [the piece] will be a flash for him. I think, with that platform, it was just weird how he dismissed the whole situation, especially being a black man himself.”
Wilder armed himself with 8 cans of spray paint to create a six-foot-high, ten-foot-wide mural that depicts Prescott in the iconic image from Peele’s Academy Award-winning film.
The talented young creative earned a fine arts degree from Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas.
“I’ve got a talent and I realized there’s a market for what I do,” he said. “It took some time, though, and it’s not easy…I put it on the back burner because I didn’t think I could make a living doing something like this. But it turns out [with] social media and having an online presence, anything is possible.”