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:
The Russian lettering is somewhat faded (there’s a line of red characters barely visible above the black text) but it reads as follows:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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:
Bandai WonderSwan Color
Commodore Amiga CD32
Entex Adventure Vision
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
NEC PC Engine
NEC PC Engine-CD
Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo Famicom Disk System
Nintendo Game Boy
Nintendo Game Boy Color
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Nintendo Super Famicom
Nintendo Super Game Boy
Nintendo Virtual Boy
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
SNK Neo Geo
SNK Neo Geo AES
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
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:
Eventually, the plan is to build a desktop gaming cabinet akin to this one: