The art on this 1978 Alabama Crimson Tide Artwork: Canvas has been custom produced by Vintage Brand. Big Al is the costumed elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The mascot known as "Big Al" today was the brainchild of University of Alabama student Walt Tart. He was meeting with the homecoming chairman Ann Paige in 1979 as they were trying to come up with something different for the school's homecoming parade. He told Ann that several schools in the Southeastern Conference had obtained mascot costumes and proposed that the University of Alabama should get one as well. The "Big Al" mascot officially debuted at the 1980 Sugar Bowl, when the 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football team defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 24-9 and gained their third National Championship of the decade. Big Al celebrated his first year with Bear Bryant's 300th win against the Kentucky Wildcats and a victory against the Baylor Bears in the 1981 Cotton Bowl.