Jason Kelce shirtless celebration: Learn more about ‘Art But Make It Sports’ X account behind viral tweet

The great Irish poet Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” That certainly was the case in Buffalo this past weekend. 

Josh Allen and the Bills suffered yet another playoff loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs this past weekend, as Buffalo fell for the third consecutive time to Kansas City in the postseason. It marks the third time in four years that the Chiefs have ended the Bills season prematurely, leaving a plethora of upset fans at Highmark Stadium

Despite the vast majority left sulking, there were plenty in the crowd pumped to see the Chiefs come out on top. However, none were as excited as Jason Kelce. 

The brother of Kansas City star tight end Travis Kelce had a field day watching his younger sibling ball out against the Bills. After the Pro Bowl center embraced Bills mafia before the game, he went full sicko mode during the contest, ripping off his shirt and housing beers with the crazed fans in attendance. 

His topless celebration was captured by cameras, making for exceptional photographs. However, it also caught the eye of a user on X called “Art But Make It Sports,” which found a fitting comparison for the picture of Kelce. 

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Here’s more to know about the social media account and the painting that has been tied to Kelce’s shirtless shenanigans. 

Jason Kelce’s shirtless celebration

Kelce began the contest sporting a “Big Yeti” t-shirt, an ode to his younger brother. The top did not stay on for long. 

Travis caught a touchdown late in the second quarter to give the Chiefs a three-point lead at the time. While a majority of the fans in attendance at Highmark Stadium were none too pleased to see the Chiefs tight end waltzing into the end zone after the pass from Mahomes, no one was as pumped as Jason seeing his baby brother get the score. 

The offensive lineman went full tarps off for the boys, showing off this barrel chest and macho man charisma. 

The Buffalo crowd wasn’t the only one appreciating Kelce’s partying. His family was also watching the game, and his young daughter, Ellie, had quite the observation after her father’s actions. 

What is ‘Art But Make It Sports’?

While football fans may just be finding out about the account called, “Art But Make It Sports,” the profile has been around since December of 2019. 

The account is run by LJ Rader, who has a day job as a Director of Product at Sportradar. Rader is a native of Westchester, N.Y., rooting for the Yankees, Giants, and Knicks. However, he has always had a passion for art, even considering minoring in art history while he was in college. 

“I remember telling my parents I was thinking of minoring in it,”  Rader said in a Sports Illustrated interview. “They laughed at me. [They said] you’re not going to do that, it’s not going to help you get a job. They were probably right.”

The inspiration for the account originally came about eight years ago, when Rader was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he saw Ilya Repin’s portrait of Vsevolod Garshin. He decided to post on his personal Instagram, giving it a Knicks twist to amuse his friends. 

With the urging of his buddies, Rader created the separate “Art But Make It Sports” profile, which has since amassed over 250,000 followers on X, formerly Twitter. 

“People have reached out and said I didn’t have an appreciation of sports before,” Rader said. “And vice versa, sports fans that reach out to say they want to talk about art through the account.”

What is the ‘Feast of Bacchus’?

The “Feast of Bacchus” is a painting by Dutch artist Philipps de Koninck. The artwork was created back in 1654. 

Not much is known about the origins or meaning of the painting. According to Media Storehouse, “This Dutch masterpiece captures the essence of a bacchanalian celebration with its depiction of peasants reveling in their merriment. In this vibrant artwork, we see a group of jovial figures gathered around a fat barrel, indulging in copious amounts of food and drink. The atmosphere is one of pure joy and abandon as they raise their glasses for a toast. The artist skillfully portrays the effects of intoxication on his subjects’ faces, capturing both the grotesque and humorous aspects.”

It goes on, explaining that the piece of art “serves as an ode to pleasure and excess while also offering social commentary on class distinctions during that time period. It reminds us that even those from humble backgrounds can find solace in celebration and camaraderie.”

The painting is not to be confused with Diego Velazquez’s “The Triumph of Bacchus,” a popular piece of art more well known as “Los Borrachos,” or “The Drunkards.”

In addition, there is also a book by Ernest G. Henham titled “The Feast of Bacchus,” which details the story of an eerie manor house in England called the Strath. 

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