When Joe Everson took the stage before the start of a men’s basketball game at the University of Arkansas’s Bud Walton Arena earlier this year to sing the national anthem, the crowd watched in puzzlement as he picked up a brush and started painting on a canvas.
Not only did this seem completely out of place, but so did the weird image he appeared to be crafting with his brush. Frankly, it looked like a mess of random blue and black pigment.
It wasn’t until Everson suddenly flipped the canvas as he approached the end of the anthem did it dawn on the audience that they had just witnessed something absolutely stunning.
Everson had, in fact, been painting an upside-down rendition of an iconic photo known as “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.” Snapped on Feb. 23, 1945, by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, this widely reproduced photo “shows five U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima,” according to CNN. Here’s the original:
Now compare this photo to what Everson had been drawing — upside down, mind you — and the extent of his talent becomes clear.
Everson, who owns a studio in South Carolina, started performing this act in late 2016.
“With the elections coming, I noticed a sense of patriotism, a sense of desire to have something like this done,” he told South Carolina station WHNS after a similar performance last October at the Bon Secours Arena in Greenville. “I noticed a great enthusiasm for the fact that the national anthem was being portrayed in that way.”
But it’s also personal for him as well.
“I actually had a cousin who was killed in action and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart,” he said. “I remember as a kid seeing the service take place for him. They honored him and I then started to realize what it was that he had done.”
“We don’t want it to just be thrown around,” he said, of his artwork and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “Our way of displaying it is for our folks who have fought to keep those rights that we sing about in the song.”
Those who hate this country need to take a cold, hard look, because artist Everson’s work is an example of everything it means to be a true patriot of the United States of America.
Since the video was posted on the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Facebook page, it’s gotten almost one million shares. Obviously, a whole lot of people in America are on Everson’s side.
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source: Conservative Tribune