Battle of the Takedown flyers
Grits Takedown, 2010
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
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
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
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
"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 (see cover story). 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. 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
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019