Adventures in Screenprinting

Before I left Holstebro to move to Copenhagen, I had the opportunity to get involved at Slagteriet, a local arts collective situated in a vacant slaughterhouse building (see Koncertsal). I used the slaughterhouse’s screen printing facilities to finally realise a shirt design that I had been wanting to create for a while.

In 2014 I visited friends in Tallinn, Estonia, and while on a trip to the Estonia Mining Museum we passed by an old “technology park” along the side of the highway. It had tall, somewhat crumbling concrete walls with a very unique design spray-painted on every other wall panel:

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The Russian lettering is somewhat faded (there’s a line of red characters barely visible above the black text) but it reads as follows:

Внимания
‘территория
автобазы
охраняется
собаками’

Warning
‘Territory (of)
auto base
protected (by)
dogs’

The image of the barking guard dog had been hand-made from a stencil and was amazingly detailed. This was one of the most ferocious dogs I’d ever seen on a sign, and also it was disturbingly muscular – unless the lines in its neck were meant to resemble fur? I wonder if the artist used an image as reference or made it from their own design…

I wanted to share this beautiful image with a wider audience, so I chose it as the design for my first screen-printed shirt. This was the result:

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Close-up, I used a two-layer application of ink. The first layer used a combination of yellow, purple, pink, blue, and green inks to create a rainbow effect. I waited for this layer to dry, and then ran another layer of black ink overtop with a slight offset. The result was a mostly-black shirt from a distance, but with highlights of colour when viewed up close.

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I made a limited run of six shirts for friends, with each print being unique in its mixture of colours and offset. For a first run, the result was highly successful!

And the sign didn’t lie… it was guarded by dogs!

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Retro Revival

As a child, the very first game system my parents bought for me and my brother was the Sega Genesis. Bundled with Sonic the Hedgehog 2, it provided many hours of play as I worked to reach the final boss stage and complete the game. That actually didn’t happen until after a few years, when both of us became seasoned Sonic gamers. Strangely enough, Sonic 2 was the only game we would ever own for the Genesis until many years later, when Genesis games were so cheap that I picked up a few select titles from the used bin at Blockbuster video.

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That was the late 90s. Fast forward to 2014, when I discovered HyperSpin, a multimedia-focused frontend for game emulation. As a frontend, HyperSpin provides an interface that links together a number of different game emulators to create a single point of access to play any console, computer, or arcade game. Since then, I have been working on creating a HyperSpin setup that is controllable entirely from USB joypad controllers so that I could one day create a tabletop gaming arcade. This blog post documents my progress.

Right now I am still working on completing the computer-side setup – making sure emulators run properly, configuring game bezels, removing games that don’t work, etc. I’ve included the following set of consoles/arcade systems, all of which can be played with a USB gamepad controller:

  • MAME
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 7800
  • Atari Jaguar
  • Atari Lynx
  • Bandai WonderSwan Color
  • Casio PV-1000
  • Commodore Amiga CD32
  • Entex Adventure Vision
  • Epoch Super Cassette Vision
  • GCE Vectrex
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Microsoft MSX
  • Microsoft MSX2
  • NEC PC Engine
  • NEC PC Engine-CD
  • NEC SuperGrafx
  • NEC TurboGrafx-16
  • NEC TurboGrafx-CD
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nintendo Famicom
  • Nintendo Famicom Disk System
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • Nintendo Game Boy Color
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Nintendo Super Famicom
  • Nintendo Super Game Boy
  • Nintendo Virtual Boy
  • Nintendo WiiWare
  • Panasonic 3DO
  • Sega SG-1000
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega CD
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Naomi
  • Sega Saturn
  • SNK Neo Geo
  • SNK Neo Geo AES
  • SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • Sony PlayStation
  • Sony PSP

The system can be expanded to include many more gaming platforms with varying requirements for successful gameplay – the only limitations are harddrive space!

I also created a set of game bezels using HyperSpin user nosh’s original artwork that show how the original game system’s controller has been re-mapped to the USB joypad controller:

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Eventually, the plan is to build a desktop gaming cabinet akin to this one:

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