Ute fans are constantly creating new ways to show their pride their beloved University of Utah Utes and often share them online with other fans to help grow the “#UteNation.”
Justin Dahl, a digital media producer for the LDS Church by day and a graphic designer by night, recently added several new Utah Football cover photos in anticipation for the upcoming season. These images fit perfectly on your Facebook timeline so you can show all your friends and family that you bleed Ute Red and are proud of it. I first came across these new photos on Utefans.net.
Justin has done a variety of design work to show his love for the team which began in the spring of 2004. Prior to 2004, he classified his family as casual Utah fans, but that all changed in 2005, specifically at the Holy War game at the end of the year.
Dahl went to the game with his dad and brothers and witnessed the Utes unexpected overtime victory led by an unlikely hero named Brett Ratliff who took over at the starting quarterback position after Brian Johnson went down with an season ending injury in the previous week (see highlights below). From that point forward he and his family were hooked, became rabid Ute fans and have never missed a home game since.
Justin has other Ute related artwork and designs on his site that any Ute fan would love to see.
Ever wanted to see the evolution of the Ute’s uniforms?
Justin has created a complete history of each uniform dating back to 1958. He spent hours researching old Utah football programs in the Marriott Library online archive and assembled the only known history of the team’s uniform changes on the web. What motivated him to do it? ”I couldn’t find a history of the uniforms anywhere so I decided to research it and make one myself,” says Dahl.
Remember the rumors about the University of Utah dropping the “drum and feather” and Ute mascot all together earlier this year? Justin had fun with that concept and used it to create new helmet designs for the team. These helmets are very popular online and often show up on blogs or as avatars for fans on their social media accounts.
He just added new t-shirt designs for the “Wolfman”, John White IV that you can check out as well.
Justin Dahl is a proud graduate of the University of Utah with a Mass Communications degree he earned in 2010. Dahl currently lives in Layton, Utah and can be followed on Twitter @dahlelama.
Bonus Material: 2005 Holy War Highlights
Need a blast from the past? Remember these names from the 2005 Holy War? They include: Quinton Ganther, Eric Weddle, Joe Jiannoni, Steve Tate and Travis Latendress. Check out the video highlights below.