Introducing the SLAM Cover Artist Series, a new limited-edition collectible version of the magazine where innovative artists reimagine the front cover.

For the inaugural entry in the SLAM Cover Artist Series, Alim Smith aka Yesterdaynite, known for his surrealist interpretations of pop culture, has turned the cover of SLAM 241 featuring the Atlanta Hawks star duo of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray into a whimsical rendering of the cover’s original portrait by Diwang Valdez.

Fans will recognize Yesterdaynite’s unique style from the Season 3 ad campaign for FX’s Atlanta, which made him an obvious choice for SLAM to work with for this cover. Shop here.

“This is absolutely surreal to me, to get the opportunity to collaborate with SLAM Magazine,” Smith says. “Just six months ago I was playing 2K in career mode talking to my agent, who I remember was wearing a SLAM t-shirt, and now I’m painting the cover of SLAM Magazine. I’m beyond honored. I never imagined as a kid my love for art and basketball would ever intersect.”

“The SLAM cover has always been one of the most aspirational goals for an athlete with hoop dreams—and now it’s a goal for an artist with hoop dreams, too,” says Adam Figman, Chief Content Officer at SLAM. “As the culture of basketball expands its influence to other areas of expression, we wanted to offer an opportunity for those inspired by the game in new, creative ways.”

Two-hundred copies of this Artist Series drop will be printed and the magazines will be identical to the other SLAM 241 magazines, except for the limited-edition cover. Following SLAM 241’s SLAM Cover Artist Series drop, subsequent limited-edition covers will roll out over the course of 2023, spanning SLAM’s six annual regu-lar issues.

All of the drops will be available exclusively on

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