Battle of the Takedown flyers

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Grits Takedown, 2010

Judges’ winner: Gravlax and grits (kind of like lox)

People’s winner: Brazilian grits

Flyer inpiration: "The warrior princess became an octopus. She eventually went on to satanic rituals."

Favorite memory: "All the Southern transplants came out and people just went to town. They get all serious on you when you start talking grits."

Fun fact: Grits were chosen because this Takedown was part of the Food Film Festival, which featured a documentary about grits.


Meatball Takedown, 2013

Judges’ winner: Great Wall of Meatball

People’s winner: Frankie Meatballs

Poster inspiration: "There’s spaghetti and meatballs. Why not spaghetti and snakes?"

Favorite memory: "There was this deep-fried meatball with a ravioli in the middle of it. It was insane!"

Fun fact: Timms didn’t want to do meatballs, but a friend pressured him into it. Now the dish is his favorite.


Bob Ross Takedown, 2013

People’s winner: Alice Q. Hoang

Poster inspiration: "It’s zombie Bob Ross. First of all, he’s dead. But also, you have to spin Bob Ross on his head. That’s the whole idea."

Favorite memory: "People are such artists. Someone painted a Bob Ross painting with a volcano. One was with Bushwick tenements."

Fun fact: Bob Ross was the first art Takedown. All the proceeds went to Citymeals on Wheels.


Velvet Painting Takedown, 2013

Winners: Unknown

Poster inspiration: "At the end of the day, where do you find this art? In an old lady’s house. There she is with her idea of the world’s greatest art."

Fun fact: A painting of a velvet cat running for president was the inspiration for the Cat Painting Takedown.


Mac and Cheese, 2014

Poster inspiration: "I was thinking about satanic rituals. I had these grand ideas, and [the artist] just took and interpretted them."

Matt Timms has hosted offbeat contests at bars around Brooklyn for more than a decade. The Takedown events started as chili cook-offs advertised with black-and-white flyers and have evolved to incorporate bacon, Bob Ross paintings, and out-of-this world color posters. Here is a look back at some of the most radical Takedowns Brooklyn has ever seen and the flyers that promoted them, as told by Timms. — Matthew Perlman

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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