“8 Bit and Beyond 2″ at Bottleneck Gallery

UPDATE: Bottleneck has opened the “8 Bit and Beyond 2” online exhibit!

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8 Bit and Beyond 2 – another awesome exhibit put on by Bottleneck Gallery and curated by Chogrin. It’s an art show paying tribute to classic & modern video games… anything from Pong to Halo.

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 8th from 7 to 9 pm
  • Online Sales: Saturday, August 9th @ 12pm EST

 

I’m honored to be involved in the 8 Bit and Beyond exhibit (Thanks, Chogrin), and I want you to get a peek at the work I’ve submitted.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! on Nintendo - NES

Having the entire history of video games as your source of inspiration is a bit daunting. I love games, and I grew up playing Atari, Nintendo and even in arcades. As I racked my brain trying to decide the game I wanted to illustrate, I knew it had to be a game that had ties to my childhood. A game I loved playing and replaying and would play to this day. Eventually, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! came to mind. The gameplay and character designs were unforgettable. It seemed like a fun,  iconic game with a fandom, and I figured it wouldn’t get a lot of artists drawing it, especially compared to the likes of Super Mario Brothers, Sonic The Hedgehog, or Pac-Man. And to top it off, it has its fair share of goofy characters to draw from.

 

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Print by Justin Gammon - 8 Bit and Beyond 2

8-Bit & Beyond 2 – “The Dream Fight”

 

As one might expect, I went with the classic boxing poster cliche, but I changed things up a bit. The challenge I had was conveying the entire game and all of its characters. So instead of doing the traditional boxing event announcement like “Little Mac vs. Tyson” or another fighter from the game, I decided to make this more of a “tough man” type of challenge. It’s a poster where Tyson is actually hosting an event called “Punch-Out!!” and calling for someone strong enough (or dumb enough) to take them all on.  So, in theory, this is the promo poster that inspired Little Mac’s boxing training with Doc and eventual success in the game.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! - World Class Fighters - 8 Bit and Beyond 2

Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! – World Class Fighters

The Dream Bout prints available at Bottleneck Gallery's 8 Bit and Beyond 2 Exhibit

“The Dream Bout” – Prints available at Bottleneck Gallery

Be sure to drop by Bottleneck Gallery to see the exhibit, and if you can’t do it in person, check out all the work on their site.

If you’re a fan of the poster, I have a limited edition (25) of giclee, museum quality prints for sale in their shop available this Saturday.

GAME ON!

  • Opening Reception: Friday, August 8th from 7 to 9 pm
  • Online Sales: Saturday, August 9th @ 12pm EST
Justin Gammon

About Justin Gammon

Justin Gammon is an illustrator and designer with a penchant for the weird. This is clearly visible in the bizarre illustrations and animations he creates for the highly lauded and award-winning social media channels for Denny’s Diner.

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