Old school wrestlers and Bruce White's black velvet portraits come together in an exhibition at Los Angeles' Gallery 1988. "VelvetMania" will feature over 35 paintings of the most iconic professional wrestlers from the past. Gallery co-owner Jensen Karp recently announced details of how the upcoming spectacle came to be.

"Through some magical skill of persuasion that I still don’t understand, I was able to convince Bruce to create a show idea I had—to paint over 35 BLACK VELVET portraits of my favorite old school wrestlers from the '80s and '90s, and now the world can see them all in person," he wrote on his Tumblr. He and White were meticulous in their selection of wrestlers to portray. "Imagine my expression when I got to ask him, 'Can you Google Giant Gonzalez?'" Karp noted.

"VelvetMania" opens this Friday at 7 p.m. To get you hyped for the show, check out some of White's "VelvetMania" portraits.

[via JensenKarp]