Acrylic, spray and paint marker on 24″ x 24″ wood
It’s said that some of the best wrestler personas come from the performer ‘turning up the volume’ on who they are, and Homicide executes that amazingly. Hailing from Brooklyn and a youth on the streets and in gangs, Nelson Rodriguez Erazo reinvented himself as the incredibly tough wrestler Homicide. After training and competing in New Jersey beginning in 1997, Homicide made his way to Ring of Honor in 2002. In ROH, he had notable feuds with the likes of Steve Corino, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, CM Punk, Jay Lethal, Colt Cabana, Nigel McGuinness, Adam Pearce, and Bryan Danielson. In late 2006, he defeated Danielson for the Ring of Honor World Championship.
In 2005, he began appearing for TNA Impact as a part of the Latin American Exchange. With the LAX he would win two NWA World Tag Team Championships and one TNA World Tag Team Championship. He also won the TNA X Division Championship one time. In TNA he would compete with the best of the best, including feuds with Beer Money, the New Age Outlaws, and Jeff Hardy. He left the company in 2010 to return to the independent circuit, while still periodically appearing for Ring of Honor and recently again for TNA.
About the piece: I wanted this to look like it was cut out of a graffiti wall, like a bunch of taggers had hit a mural I had done of Homicide. The larger piece at the bottom, the ‘187’ is for Homicide, with the crown on it to signify that he’s from Kings County. The ‘Notorious’ he has on his ring gear, and there’s also a cut-off ‘LAX’ logo.