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Who am I?
My name is Ryan. I’m a jack of all trades kind of guy, but mostly I identify with being an artist, a tinkerer/maker, and a retro gamer. I’ve worked a wide variety of jobs and have a good array of skill sets. I have a ridiculous number of interests, and it seems I’m always finding something new I enjoy and want to learn more about. I will forever be a ‘student’, always learning. I currently live in Springfield, MO, USA.
Do I sell my creations?
Yes. I offer limited availability commissions for a wide variety of work including custom video game art systems and props. I enjoy bringing something new to the gaming community. If you’re interested in anything, please send me a message and we can discuss the details.
What are my favorite video games?
My number one all time favorite video game is Ninja Gaiden for the NES. My other top favorites include: The Legend of Zelda (NES), Lords of Thunder (Turbo Duo), Earthbound (SNES), DOOM (PC), and Splatterhouse (Arcade).
How did I get into this line of work?
That’s a long story. Are you ready? Here we go.
I grew up playing video games. My friends and I probably spent half of our free waking hours playing Nintendo, Game Boy, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis. Every weekend and practically every day after school was filled with playing games. I ate, drank, and slept the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. During high school, I found myself with less free time, and eventually video games started taking a back burner to more pressing activities.
As a young adult I started to collect some of the older games and systems I had always wanted to play but never had the opportunity to. They were very affordable at that point in time because they were the older, less popular, choice. Most people were, or already had, moved on to the Playstation, Nintendo 64, or Sega Saturn, and then a little later the Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox. This was long before retro gaming was popular, and few people gave a second glace to casting off their older, ‘inferior’, games. So, I scored a lot of great games for very little money. Unfortunately, my life continued to get busier, and I found myself playing even less than before. I just couldn’t seem to make time for it.
Fast forward to 2006. I found myself in possession of some of the rarer video game systems I had wanted for quite awhile. The problem? They were sold to me as ‘working’, but were actually malfunctioning. The seller said I could return the systems and get my money back, but I wasn’t about to start the search all over again. I was adamant that I would get them up and running. Knowing nothing about video game hardware, I went straight to the internet for help. I had played around with computers, and I assumed it couldn’t be that different, right…? After a lot of internet searching and some careful poking around I was actually able to repair one of them! With that success, I marched onward with new found inspiration. Before long I had repaired all the systems I had set out to. It was an amazing feeling to say the least.
I continued learning more and more about video game hardware. I did lots of repairs and audio/video upgrades to almost every system from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s that I could get my hands on. I started getting really tired of doing the same procedures though. It was the same thing over and over. I’m an art/design type of guy and I wanted something more creative. So, I began thinking up ways that I could bring something new to the gaming scene. I wanted to create things that I’d never seen before. Things that I wanted to see but no on ever made. Out of this brainstorming came my aesthetic mods like the ‘Backlit NES’ systems and the ‘Skies of Arcadia Dreamcast’ that you see here on my site. I continue to create mods of this nature, and always have several more projects right around the corner.
Then, a few years ago, some of my friends approached me about being an extra in one of their Youtube videos. Here again I had no experience, but it sounded fun so I said yes. I sat in as an extra, then eventually ‘acted’ a little here and there too. My friends found out about my background in art/design and they asked if I could make a prop for an upcoming video. I agreed, and found I had stumbled upon a new passion. Something about the creation process of the props/costumes was very satisfying for me. Eventually the group decided to start focusing on video game themed videos, and I found myself in paradise – making real life versions of things from the very video games I so adored.
So, here the story brings you more or less up to date.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any other questions.