Read the article by the Smart Set about The Tie Dyed Lithuanian Basketball warm-up uniforms at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics worn by The Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team “The Other Dream Team” on the bronze medal podium stand http://www.thesmartset.com/article/article03101402.aspx

The Real Facts behind the Image – Creator of Iconic Skeleton Clears up misrepresentations made in the media about his work

For Release -03-05-14 – New York, N.Y. – (Release from www.Skullman.com) The inspiring documentary film about the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team, The Other Dream Team hit the big screen in 2012. But few know the real story behind the infamous tie dyed uniforms worn by the team on the Bronze Medal Podium in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics depicted in the film. When the Lithuanian Olympic Basketball team wore NY artist Greg Speirs’ iconic design, it became a worldwide story and the Original Lithuanian Slam Dunking Skeleton became a historic symbol of Lithuania Basketball and part of the country of Lithuania’s new history. When the story broke the facts behind the artist’s creation were mischaracterized and credit for his major financial donation to the team was omitted from the story. The image came into this story independently from a New York artist and not from the rock group as had been reported.

According to the artist who created it, the design was not created as the icon of a rock group as had been misreported previously in the news. Speirs first major contribution of 100% of his profits ($450,000.), was given to the team and far eclipsed all donations of others, was also omitted from the story. In the film you will see the artist describe his inspiration for the infamous skeletal image which has come to represent the spirit of the team and used to promote the film’s run in theaters across the U.S. The fact is that the image was an independent creation that came from the artist and was not an icon of a musical group. Reporters were handed a pre- written storyline at the time and ran with it. As a consequence the story was misreported and is still being skewed today. After being informed of the facts many outlets chose to continue with the false narrative over the truth.

The artist also acquired the status as the major sponsor of the team when he turned down all money generated from sales of his creation, and instead let it all (100%) go to the team and Lithuanian charities. The donation eclipsed all of the funding by the big names involved. An effort was made to downplay his part and keep this fact out of stories and was not reported.

As the shirts continued selling news reports boasted that marketing of the shirts raised millions more that were given to charities and the team. This was all done using his trademark Slam Dunking Skeleton on merchandise like shirts. This second wave funded the 1996 Team, Lithuanian Children’s Charities and helped build the basketball school in Lithuania. Again reports failed to credit the artist although these donations ultimately came from him as the owner and creator of the image.
The origin of the Slam Dunking Skeleton – from the artist himself: “The 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team represents what happens in freedom…people excel. The Lithuanian Basketball Team symbolized resistance against an oppressor, and the Slam Dunking Skeleton represented

resistance against an oppressor, and the Slam Dunking Skeleton represented them, a whole country’s team. The struggle of the Lithuanian team struck a chord with me and the Slam Dunking Skeleton image represented them. It symbolized the team, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, coming up from nothing and rising to overcome the obstacles, which are represented by the hands blocking the shot in the image. The image is one of breaking out of oppression symbolized by the skeleton finally slam dunking the basketball. It also represented what happened to the whole country of Lithuania. This was my interpretation when I created it in 1992 and its real meaning. It’s not a dead skeleton at all, but this skeleton represents rebirth and a new life. I know that the Lithuanians really understand what freedom is all about, and anywhere people love freedom Americans are there to help. Also, you can’t have freedom without free enterprise”, recalled Speirs. See the You Tube video and listen to the audio interview. He is not only the artist who created the image but is also the licensor of the property. “I would like to see where my money was spent, the basketball school and see where my money was sent to the Children’s charity and personally meet some of the people they gave my money to and that they say were helped”, said Speirs. Audio Interview VIDEO CLIP

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Tie-Dyed Lithuanian Slam-Dunking Skeleton® Back for “The Other Dream Team” Documentary
The Real Story Behind the Image – Creator of Iconic Skeleton explains its meaning & embraces Lithuanian basketball culture
For Release -01-14-14 – New York, N.Y. – (Release from www.Skullman.com) Aside from telling the story of the Lithuanian Basketball Team’s hardships on the road to the 92′ Olympics, the 2012 documentary film, The Other Dream Team celebrates the infamous tie-dyed uniforms worn by the team in that famous Bronze Medal Podium photo at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The photo features the team wearing NY artist Greg Speirs’ iconic design, the Original Lithuanian Slam Dunking Skeleton, now a historic piece of Lithuania’s basketball culture. It became a worldwide story when the team stepped on the podium in 1992 to receive their bronze medals wearing the artist’s design. That’s when news of his contribution as the originator of the design was omitted when the story was told..
The film, The Other Dream Team, which premiered in in theaters in 2012, is now on DVD, Netfix etc. is a sports and political documentary directed and produced by Marius Markevicius and Jon Weinbach which chronicles the Lithuanian Basketball team’s experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where they hid from KGB agents, feared for their lives and subjected to brutalities of Communist rule. Lithuania’s basketball stars always shared a common goal – to utilize their athletic gifts to help free their country.
Journalistic malpractice? According to the artist who created it, it was not created as the icon of a rock group as it had previously been misrepresented in the news. Reporters failed to dig for the truth, misrepresented the facts behind the famous image and opted for the prewritten storyline handed to them failing to credit the artist. However the film touches on clearing up the facts behind its source by including a 23 second clip on the artist who created it explaining his inspiration, although it doesn’t mention the donation. Speirs was also not recognized for a major contribution of 100 % of his profits (at least $450,000.), far exceeding others in the story. Boasts appeared in news reports that subsequent donations using his trademark raised millions which were given to charities and the team, but failed to mention that he was the owner of the property and that all donations would not be possible without his permission from the sale and marketing using his intellectual property.
In the 2012 documentary film you will see the artist describe his inspiration for the infamous skeletal image. The Slam Dunking Skeleton has come to represent the spirit of the team and used to promote the film’s run in theaters across the U.S. The documentary reveals a 23 second clip of the artist describing his inspiration behind the shirt as more people begin to learn the real story behind the source of the image. The fact is that the image was an independent creation that came from the artist and was not an icon of a musical group. Go to www.skullman.com for more info. The artist’s major contribution to this story remained largely unreported in lieu of a prewritten storyline. “It’s such a good story, I guess others wanted it. The fact is that this part of the story about the image is Greg’s story, no one else’s”, said a spokesman from Skullman.com. (See You Tube video: http://www.gregspeirs.com/greg-speirs-in-the-new-documentary-the-other-dream-team/ and listen to audio interview: http://www.gregspeirs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Other-Dream-Team-Greg-Speirs.mp3
The origin of the Slam Dunking Skeleton – from the artist himself: “The 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team represents what happens in freedom…people excel. The struggle of the Lithuanian team struck a chord with me so I decided to come up with an image which I believed represented them. I came up with the Slam Dunking Skeleton because it symbolized the team, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and coming up from nothing, and rising up to overcome the obstacles, which are represented by the hands blocking the shot in the image. The image is one of breaking out of oppression symbolized by the skeleton finally slam dunking the basketball. This was my interpretation in 1992 and the real meaning of the image. It’s not a dead skeleton at all, but this skeleton represents rebirth and a new life. I know that the Lithuanians really understand what freedom is all about, and anywhere people love freedom I’m there to help. Also, you can’t have freedom without free enterprise”, recalled Speirs.
The major charitable donation to the team:
The shirts became a sought after collectible and started selling. The artist then acquired the status as the major sponsor of the team by donating 100% of his profits from the sales of the shirts to fund the team. Recent news reports state millions were given to Lithuania from sales of the T-Shirts, which featured the artist’s Slam Dunking Skeleton Trademark with his donation also funding the 1996 Team, Lithuanian Children’s Charities and help with the basketball school in Lithuania. He turned down all money generated from sales of his creation, but instead donated 100% of his profits to the team. The public has now discovered that his donation eclipsed all of the funding by the big names involved.
Releated story: The Slam-Dunking Skullman and dedication to the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. On Dec. 07, 1993. http://www.skullman.com/basketball%20hall%20of%20fame.htm
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Even billionaire Richard Branson, wore the Greg Speirs’ Lithuanian basketball Skullman tie-dye t-shirt while inviting everyone to a leadership forum in Kaunas this June where he will be the keynote speaker. The image becomes an unofficial symbol of Lithuania’s success as Sir Branson speaks about Lithuanian strides as he notes the Skullman shirt he is wearing to the viewers. See video link: http://verslas.delfi.lt/verslas/rbransonas-teigia-esas-suzavetas-lietuviu-sekmes-istoriju.d?id=60674845

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Aside from The Other Dream Team’s  hardships on the road to the 92′ Olympics, the film celebrates the infamous tie-dyed uniforms worn by the Lithuanian Olympic team that feature NY sports artist Greg Speirs’ trademark design, the Original Lithuanian Slam Dunking Skeleton, now a historic piece of Lithuania’s basketball culture. The Other Dream Team movie bio  and  Audio Interview

VIDEO:   http://www.gregspeirs.com/greg-speirs-in-the-new-documentary-the-other-dream-team/ 

The Other Dream Team documentary film trailer   Story/Lithuanian Tribune: News story

Facts: “The ‘Slam Dunking Skullman’ Skeleton, that became a household icon when it was worn on tie dyed uniforms by the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team in the Barcelona Olympics was created by New York artist Greg Speirs, who describes his inspiration for the infamous skeletal image in Marius Markevicius’ 2012 documentary film. The artist’s Slam-Dunking Skeleton became a legendary icon for the team and for the country of Lithuania. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona the Men’s Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team stepped up to the podium to receive their bronze medals and wore the uniforms for the world to see. The Slam Dunking Skeleton has come to represent the spirit of the team and used to promote the film’s run in theaters across the U.S. The documentary reveals a 23 second clip of the artist describing his inspiration behind the shirt as more people begin to learn the real story behind the source of the image. Watch the YouTube Video: VIDEO CLIP  The fact is that the image was an independent creation that came from the artist and was not an icon of a musical group. Go to www.skullman.com for more info. Even billionaire Richard Branson, wore the Greg Speirs’ Lithuanian basketball Skullman tie-dye t-shirt while inviting everyone to a leadership forum in Kaunas this June where he will be the keynote speaker. The image becomes an unofficial symbol of Lithuania’s success as Sir Branson speaks about Lithuania’s success as he tugs on and notes the Skullman shirt he is wearing to the viewers. See video link: http://verslas.delfi.lt/verslas/rbransonas-teigia-esas-suzavetas-lietuviu-sekmes-istoriju.d?id=60674845

The origin of the Slam Dunking Skeleton – from the artist himself: “The 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team represents what happens in freedom…people excel. The struggle of the Lithuanian team struck a chord with me so I decided to come up with an image which I believed represented them. I came up with the Slam Dunking Skeleton because it symbolized the team, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and coming up from nothing, and rising up to overcome the obstacles, which are represented by the hands blocking the shot in the image. The image is one of breaking out of oppression symbolized by the skeleton finally slam dunking the basketball. This was my interpretation in 1992 and the real meaning of the image. It’s not a dead skeleton at all, but this skeleton represents rebirth and a new life. I know that the Lithuanians really understand what freedom is all about, and anywhere people love freedom I’m there to help. Also, you can’t have freedom without free enterprise”-Greg Speirs. Hear the audio interview from the artist himself: Audio Interview at www.gregspeirs.com

The major charitable donation to the team:

The shirts became a sought after collectible and started selling. The artist then acquired the status as the major sponsor of the team by donating 100% of his profits from the sales of the t-shirts to fund the team. Recent news reports state millions were given to Lithuania from sales of the T-Shirts, which featured the artist’s Slam Dunking Skeleton Trademark with his donation also funding the 1996 Team, Lithuanian Children’s Charities and help with the basketball school in Lithuania. He turned down all money generated from sales of his creation, but instead donated 100% of his profits to the team. The public has now discovered that his donation eclipsed all of the funding by the big names involved. The Other Dream Team movie bio: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3998173   The original shirts have been reissued & are available at:: www.skullman.com

The Slam-Dunking Skullman and dedication to the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame on Dec. 07, 1993.  

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Other Dream Team – Greg Speirs

Creator of Iconic Slam-Dunking Skeleton speaks about his major sponsorship of the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team, politics and describes his inspiration behind the icon skeleton image in an audio interview

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Slam Dunking Skeleton Creator Greg Speirs discusses his inspiration behind the Original Lithuanian Dream Team Jerseys in the new documentary The Other Dream Team  “The Other Dream Team”.

Creator behind Iconic Slam Dunking Skeleton worn by the team explains its meaning & embraces Lithuanian basketball culture

For Release -01-07-13 – New York, N.Y. – (Review from Skullman.com) The basketball documentary The Other Dream Team, directed and produced by Marius Markevicius and Jon Weinbach, is a sports and political documentary about the national Lithuanian basketball team that competed at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games It has played in select cities around the country since September and will be out on DVD.

It highlights Lithuanians’ experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to brutalities of Communist rule. As they hid from KGB agents and feared for their lives, Lithuania’s basketball stars always shared a common goal – to utilize their athletic gifts to help free their country. The Other Dream Team movie cast:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606829

Aside from the hardships on the road to the 92′ Olympics, the film celebrates the infamous tie-dyed uniforms worn by the Lithuanian Olympic team that feature NY sports artist Greg Speirs’ trademark design, the Original Lithuanian Slam Dunking Skeleton, now a historic piece of Lithuania’s basketball culture.The Other Dream Dream IMDB bio:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3998173

Misreports about the source of the famous skeletal image were repeated year after year anytime the story of the 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team came up. However the film touches on setting the facts straight about where the image came from by including a 23 second clip on the artist who created it explaining his inspiration. But the film may not go into enough detail about this fact or devote enough time to clear up the misreports about the true source of the infamous image. It was not created by a rock group. If you thought you knew the story behind the source of the imagery, it’s not what you’ve heard.

Facts: “The ‘Slam Dunking Skullman’ Skeleton, that became a household icon when it was worn on tie dyed uniforms by the Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics was created by a New York artist named Greg Speirs, who describes his inspiration for the infamous skeletal image in the documentary film. The artist’s Slam-Dunking Skeleton became a legendary icon for the team and for the country of Lithuania. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona the Men’s Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team stepped up to the podium to receive their bronze medals and wore the uniforms for the world to see. His creation has come to represent the spirit of the team and used to promote the film’s run in theaters across the U.S., but his major part in this story has remained in the background until now. The documentary reveals a 23 second clip of the artist describing his inspiration behind the shirt as more people begin to learn the real story behind the source of the image. Journalists writing about this story need not continue to proliferate the misrepresentation about the source of the image because the information is now available to anyone by a simple Google search. They need only to have the integrity to print the truth now that they have been made aware of the facts, otherwise they’re being disingenuous to their readers.” -Mike Thompson, Marketing Director /Skullman.com. YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ITlbG55ug  Although he is represented in the documentary only for a few seconds his contribution came to become the identity of the team as well as the main image representing the documentary itself. So look carefully, you may miss it. The fact that the image was an independent creation that came from the artist and was not an icon of a musical group still may not have been made totally clear in the movie.  Go to www.skullman.com for more info.

The origin of the Slam Dunking Skeleton – from the artist himself: “The 1992 Lithuanian Basketball Team represents what happens in freedom…people excel. The struggle of the Lithuanian team struck a chord with me so I decided to come up with an image which I believed represented them. I came up with the Slam Dunking Skeleton because it symbolized the team, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and coming up from nothing, and rising up to overcome the obstacles, which are represented by the hands reaching up in the image. The image is one of breaking out of oppression. This was my interpretation in 1992 and the real meaning of the image. Instead of a representation of being dead, this skeleton represents rebirth and a new life. Also, you can’t have freedom without free enterprise”-Greg Speirs. Hear the audio interview from the artist himself: Audio Interview at www.gregspeirs.com

The shirts seen by the world on the podium in the 1992 Olympics, became a sought after collectible and started selling. The artist then acquired the status as the major sponsor of the team by donating 100% of his profits generated from the sales of the famous t-shirts which were sold through a charitable organization to fund the Lithuanian Olympic basketball team beyond the 1992 season to 1996 Olympics and Lithuanian children’s charities. Recent news reports state millions were given to Lithuania from sales of the T-Shirts, which featured the artist’s Slam Dunking Skeleton Trademark. The reports of millions of dollars given to charity generated from Slam Dunking Skeleton T-shirts were given on behalf of the artist, the creator and licensor of the trademark. His donation eclipsed all of the initial funding by the big names and others. The public is now slowly discovering these previously unknown facts about the story. Other Dream Team movie bio: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3998173   The shirts have been reissued & are available at:: www.skullman.com

About Greg Speirs: He has created skeleton artwork for over 40 years and is named to Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. The former 1970′s Grooves Music Magazine Art Director was also commissioned by Prince Albert of Monaco to create the art for the Princes’ Monaco Olympic Bobsled Team sleds in 1995 for the World Cup Bobsled Championships, 1995-1997, and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. His Slam-Dunking Skullman and dedication to the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic Basketball Team was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame on Dec. 07, 1993. His 1970′s works include the Max Damian rock band’s “Take it to the Max” album cover with legendary record producer Artie Kornfeld of Woodstock fame. Official website: www.gregspeirs.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamskullman   YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ITlbG55ug       Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GregSpeirs       Audio Interview 

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