Super proud to have this painting included in the stunning coffee table art book "Every Day is Play", now available on Gamepaused.net.
From an early age I've been pretty obsessed with video games, and this painting has several meanings (as well as a bunch of game references - can you spot them all?);
1, It depicts how a single controller (in my case my first time was with a NES) can be a gateway into another world for a highly imaginative kid.
2, It shows how often, when we revisit the things we remember fondly from our past (especially old games), they haven't aged too well and don't live up to the amazing memories we have of them.
The kid dangling from the wire is me in the early 90's at the height of my obsession - a simpler time when games were 2D, all multiplayer was local and the most important thing in a game was how 'cool' the mascot was. Ahh, good times!
Below are some shots of the book itself;
You can order your own copy from www.gamepaused.net/books/everydayisplay and it's well worth the money.