I Find This Photo Odd: The Sedins do self-portraits

The Sedins had a pretty eventful offseason. It started with a riot. Then, a week later, they flew to Las Vegas, where Daniel Sedin was awarded both the Ted Lindsay and Art Ross trophies. In Sweden, they did some serious inline skating. And in July, they flew to the Swedish island of Öland, where they were awarded the Victoriastipendiet — effectively, the Swedish athlete of the Year award. Daniel and Henrik were the first hockey players to win the award since Peter Forsberg in 1994, and only the third since the award debuted in 1979. Elite company.

While the Sedins were in Öland, the identical twins were asked by Östran, a local newspaper, to take part in a strange experiment: draw self-portraits, in order to see if those would be identical too. I can’t believe I only found this now, but here are the results:

If you still can’t tell the Sedins apart, that’s Henrik and his remarkably accurate drawing on the left, and that’s Daniel’s, uh, artistry, on the right. (I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Henrik draws better; he’s a centre, after all.)

Upon seeing Daniel’s questionable handiwork, Ostran asked how he did in art class in school:

“What were my grades in Drawing? Probably a D,” says Daniel.

Daniel’s biggest problem may be his attention to detail. He’s a natural finisher, which might explain why he finished so fast. Though it might just have been because he forgot he had a beard.

Daniel says he’s pretty much done with his self-portrait. But it looks pretty naked.

“Shouldn’t there be a beard too?” I wonder.

“Right, we got beards too,” says Daniel and grabs the pen again.

Seriously, dude. How do you forget something you clearly maintain on a daily basis?

Meanwhile, Henrik was meticulous enough to get frustrated that the tools he was given didn’t allow him to pay enough attention to detail.

“You know, you could have brought a red pen too,” says Henrik while trying to draw his hair with a black pen.

Incredibly, Henrik was even paying close enough attention to learn a little something about himself:

“I look like an alien!” exclaims Henrik when he’s done the head shape and just started drawing the ears.

Yes. You do. And you’re the last one to notice.

The article closes by asking the reader which Sedin did the best self-portrait, but I think we can all agree that anybody thinking Daniel was the standout is about as checked out as he was. Of course, maybe if they’d let Daniel draw what he wanted to draw, he might have put a little more effort into it:

 

Many thanks to Peder Skude for the translations, and Sedintwins.tumblr.com for the tip.

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14 comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 10, 2012

    This is the greatest thing I’ve seen all day.

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  2. Raj
    February 10, 2012

    That is awesome. I respect the twins that much more now.

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  3. Hips
    February 10, 2012

    When God was dishing out talent, he went a little overboard on hockeyskill so he compensated by not giving any drawing skill.

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  4. BedBeats
    February 10, 2012

    Well…this is certainly the polar opposite of Wizardous Sedinerie. But great laughs…this will probably be my profile pic at CDC …over my Edler brakdancing GIF. And seriously….that GIF is fricking gold.

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    • Winsy
      February 10, 2012

      I prefer to deny ever seeing Edler breakdancing! It totally turned me right off and I pretend it never happened! Thanks for bringing it all back! lol

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  5. May
    February 10, 2012

    Ahhh Henrik’s smug smile of self-satisfaction on the left and then Daniel’s demented half-grin of jealousy and hatred on the right… :( poor Dank

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    • obituary mambo
      February 11, 2012

      Is it just me or does Henrik look a little condescending? As if he’s humoring a child: “Oh, yeah. That’s an awesome portrait. It looks just like you.”

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  6. sarah
    February 11, 2012

    One of my favourite things about the Sedins is Danny’s clear inferiority complex when it comes to his older brother [by 6? 7? minutes]. I remember seeing one interview where they were asked about their Grouse Grind times and Danny immediately pips up “I’m faster.” He then went on to say that Hank is better at everything [golf, tennis, etc] but that he’s faster on the Grouse Grind. Poor Danny, guess he can add drawing to the list of things at which Hank is better. One day you’ll get your comeuppance, Danny, one day.

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  7. Mike H.
    February 11, 2012

    OMG, that’s the worst drawing by an adult I have ever seen! Also, some of the best writing! Hilarious!

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    • Harrison Mooney
      February 11, 2012

      Are you referring to Daniel’s drawing or mine? Because both are pretty awful.

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  8. Ruth Fisher
    February 11, 2012

    I think I just “alien”ated everyone on this greyhound bus with my hysterical laughter.

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  9. Matt
    February 11, 2012

    The fools didn’t even realize that the entire “interview” was actually a cunning experiment conducted by the Department of Psychology at the University of Uppsala.

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  10. Gabrielle
    February 12, 2012

    Henrik’s looks like the skill of an average 10-year-old, while Daniel’s self-portrait can’t be better than a 7-year-old’s drawing.

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  11. Connie
    February 15, 2012

    I have ALWAYS distinguished the twins by their head shapes – Hank has an alien shaped head, Dank has a square shaped head. And I say this with all the love in the world. :D

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