About a year ago, we introduced you to the Fernando Tatis Twitter Experience. Although it has been around for a while now, the former Cardinal recently unveiled his latest work of art, and despite his immeasurable talents, not everyone is aware of this burgeoning young artist. So this seemed like a good time to revisit the subject, just in case you’re not following him.
Like any great work of art, the piece, which Fernando calls “Business Casual,” could be interpreted any number of ways. The literalists among us might point out that the subject, Tim Tebow, is currently not playing professional football, and in fact has signed on to become an analyst on ESPN’s new SEC Channel, which will obviously require him to wear a suit. And perhaps, when he’s relaxing around the house, Tebow still wears his No. 15 Denver Broncos jersey. There are certainly plenty of those left in circulation.
A more conceptual interpretation might be that the work is a reflection of the artist’s own innermost thoughts and desires. Perhaps the subject is Fernando himself. To the laymen’s eye, the giant cheeseburger heads might denote a heavy influence on the artist by Mayor McCheese. The more experienced Tatis art connoisseur realizes this is yet another expression of his fondness for Wendy’s.
To avoid any confusion, now might be a good time to point out a few things you should know in order to fully appreciate Fernando’s work.
1) Tim Tebow is a constant source of inspiration. Despite the fact that he’s basically been out of football for two years, the former college star continues to stir Fernando’s creative juices.
During the Broncos 24-17 divisional playoff win over the San Diego Chargers on Jan. 12, Tatis posted this piece just prior to the fourth quarter, seemingly forgetting that “Tebow Time” is no longer a thing.
A few weeks later, with the Broncos down big at the half in the Super Bowl, Fernando had some unconventional advice for Denver head coach John Fox, expressed via this piece of “found art.”
No such advice was given to his old team during the World Series. Instead, Fernando played it pretty straight.
2) Fernando the artist has a deep-seated affinity for Wendy’s. A characteristic underscored by an unwavering reverence for its founder, the late Dave Thomas, who is the featured drummer in the imaginary band, The Fernando Four.
3) Fernando’s work projects a certain kind of child-like innocence, not dissimilar to that of a Norman Rockwell painting. For parents of young children, it’s important to resist the urge to print it out and stick it on your fridge. Case in point, this piece inspired by the exceedingly harsh winter:
4) Every once in a while Fernando will step out of his comfort zone of Wendy’s, Tim Tebow, and zoo animals, and dabble in abstract expressionism.
Now, some say the Fernando Tatis Twitter account is fake. But you know, they say the same thing about Jerry Springer and pro wrestling. I ask you, does it really matter? The important thing is that we like watching fat, ignorant rubes pull on each other’s hair in front of a screaming crowd.
If you’d really like a window into Fernando’s mind, he actually offers it up in one of his more famous works.
As a side note, this one has to be is my personal favorite. Leave it to an artist to recognize true beauty.