Designer Mark Johnson has teamed up with Art of Football to bring to life some of football's most iconic numbers and shirts.
In a beautiful connection between art and footballing history comes Mark Johnson’s new project, which incorporates famous shirt patterns with their typographic numbers. Each one pays a tribute to some of the best to have ever put on a shirt, all at once.
The designs, which can all be seen on Art of Football’s marketplace in prints, tees, and sweatshirts, cover everything from (Brazilian) Ronaldo’s number 9 to Liverpool’s number 7 to Nottingham Forest’s number 3 — and are all in Johnson’s signature style, the paper rip.
Says Johnson: “After creating a project combining different home and away shirts from different clubs, I decided to incorporate famous shirts and their typographic numbers from different years.
“I originally started off with the England 10 and Holland 14, which got a lot of good feedback across social media…so I decided to design more. Then the guys at Art of Football got in touch about collaborating.”
Since, he’s also added Arsenal #10, Newcastle #9, Roma #10, CR7, Barcelona #10, and Manchester United #7 so far. Currently, both Ronaldos (9 and 7) are the only two non-clubs to be featured.
As for what shirt, number, design we’ll see next? “Who knows,” says Johnson. “We are always open to suggestions.”