We often separate artists and athletes by stereotyping them: the artist is withdrawn and effeminate while the athlete is aggressive and masculine. The truth is that both athletes and artists are a mixture of different types, just like anyone else. Sometimes society creates very uncomfortable molds, but Canadian David Arrigo has broken through to become a successful artist who just happens to make hockey masks. He failed art in high school and dropped out of a graphic design class in college, but these setbacks failed to kill his creative urge. His career is personally satisfying and lucrative, and has also brought him in contact with many important athletes. David is an inspiration for those whose talents might not fit in with a classical artistic sense, but are vibrant within the context of modern culture. You can take a good look at his work on his website and read about his interesting career and philosophy in this article from The Glendale Star. Sometimes we create our own creative niche and sometimes it finds us.