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I have a new project in the works. No, it's not another podcast and no, my wife and I aren't planning for a second child (at least not yet.) I'm going to custom paint a Super Nintendo!
Rob (Warbuff) and I are friends. We talk to each other quite a bit outside of GIO. Rob's a trash talker and I sometimes want to shoot him in the face with Nerf darts, but I still like the guy. He recently left a comment on my Borderlands 2 blog and said, "BARF!" to me playing it for 158 hours because he's an idiot and wouldn't know a good game if it was delivered to his front door in a pot of gold by a leprechaun riding a rainbow colored velociraptor. How he ever got a career testing video games is beyond me... I like good games like Borderlands 2, so I'm clearly more qualified!
Slap Rob for hatin' on Borderlands 2!
This past week, Rob told me he bought a jaundiced (yellowed) Super Nintendo at a local store and he wanted to custom paint it. He asked me if I had any design ideas. I knew that like me, he was a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I almost immediately had an idea and the next day, I made a mock-up in Photoshop and sent it to him. He liked it. I liked it too, and the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to paint my own Super Nintendo. However, I just couldn't do that to my own SNES, especially considering mine doesn't have a disease. I started looking online to see how cool custom console paint jobs could be. I discovered a few custom SNES consoles that had a smooth, high gloss finish (like the picture at the top of this post) and once I saw that, I was sold on doing this project. That night, I did some digging on eBay and looked for the cheapest Super Nintendo I could find that was in good working condition and not cracked. I quickly found one and won the bid at $22.50! Not bad considering my local used games store is selling them for $50.00.
Here's my original mock-up. Each stripe represents the headbands of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
I liked my mock-up, but it wasn't finished yet. I still hadn't picked a color for the Power and Reset switches. Nothing I picked was working for me. I went and talked to my wife about it to see what she thought. I asked her what she thought of white and she said initially thought black would be better. I told her that I had tried brown, but maybe I'd like black more, but then she said, "Well... I guess their eyes are white, so that might work." And that's when it hit me. "Oh, their eyes are white! I could make the switches be the eyes and paint a color band around that! Once I was working on my new mock-up, I suddenly realized that the console actually kinda looks like an upside down, squared Ninja Turtle head - the switches are the eyes and the cartridge slot is the mouth.
I'm much more nostalgic for the '80s cartoon logo, but I prefer the simplicity of the comics logo for my design.
I'm really excited to work on this project. I was also really nervous about doing this because I have no idea what I'm doing, but I found out a few days ago that I know someone who's a professional painter. His name is Matt and he paints cars. He's custom painted quite a few things, including guitars and video game consoles. He offered to help me with my project! I'm confident that this is going to turn out exactly the way I want it because Matt knows exactly what to do. I can't wait to get started! I'll post another blog once we're finished to show some before and after pictures (and hopefully some in between pics of the process as well.)
Custom jobs make everything more amazing. Plus, it's an SNES, so...