After Featuring Alongside Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, and Michael Jackson, Michael Phelps Dishes Out an Epic 6-Word Reaction

Published 06/05/2023, 6:36 PM EDT

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What does it take to share the spotlight with some of the greatest of the greats? Being Michael Phelps, perhaps. The GOAT of swimming, recently expressed his admiration for an artwork that portrays him alongside other icons who share the name ‘Mike’. This captivating piece features Phelps alongside boxing legend Mike Tyson and the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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Phelps is a common muse. As the most decorated Olympian of all time, he is a natural inspiration for several people throughout the world. Be it for his athletic endeavors, or his landmark efforts in highlighting mental health issues. What is noteworthy, is how Phelps takes every opportunity to highlight his fan art, and the artist who makes him his idol. This instance was no different.

Phelps’ reaction to an epic piece of fan art

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C. Jake, an artist, recently shared a captivating piece on Instagram titled “Like Mike.” This stunning artwork measures 36×36 inches and was created using acrylic paint on canvas. Impressed by the artwork, Michael reacted to the post and shared it on his Instagram account, accompanied by the caption “Thx for the love! EPIC piece!”

 

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Elaborating on the inspiration behind the artwork, the artist, Jack, explained, “growing up, these were my Mikes. Phelps, Jackson, Vick, Tyson, Jordan, & Johnson”. In his online portfolio, Jack displays an impressive collection. His works frequently feature other athletes like Sha’Carri Richardson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali and many more. Phelps was featured alongside basketball maestro Michael Jordan, boxing legend Mike Tyson, legend sprinter Michael Johnson, Micheal Vick and the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

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For Michael Phelps, his fan art is a moment of pride. Prior to Jack, the Flying Fish featured two other artists and their works on his profile, a while back.

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In March, Phelps shared a post by Sky’s Arts and Crafts on his Instagram story. Sky, a young swimmer from Florida would watch Phelps’s videos to improve her swimming techniques. However, while doing so she ended up making an impressive sketch, which Phelps luckily stumbled across. The Olympian, moved by the artwork reposted it with the caption, “How good is this!!😍😍”.

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Another thoughtful moment was when Michaela Ben Yehuda, a New York based artist, shared the portraits of Michael Phelps and Lionel Messi as a part of her current collection. When the Baltimore Bullet caught the painting, he shared the post on his Instagram story, exclaiming, “This is sick!!!”.

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Phelps’ illustrious swimming career captivated the world, and now he continues to win hearts with his wholesome gestures and constant support for his fans. Jack’s artwork highlights the unique connections forged through shared names, and is a testament to the influence of these greats in their respective fields.

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Prashant Kumar

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Prashant Kumar is a pro writer for US Sports at Essentially Sports. This former sportsman has kept his watchful eye on all things Olympics, since he saw Phelps make history at Rio in 2016. With his prior experience as a senior writer for prominent blogs in the country, Prashant brings his insights on the nuances of every sport, to the team.
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