Danger Inc. Arcade Merch

Illustration, Merchandise, display design 

Last year, we were fortunate enough to be asked to play Awesomefest once again, an annual DIY Pop-Punk music festival in San Diego, CA. We had a great time the year prior, and the positive feedback we received for our EP release was very welcomed. I took this as an opportunity to develop even more creative band merch, one of my all time passions to this day.

Though we didn't have a new album to release, we did however decide to take a whole new direction for the band's visual elements. We love playing arcade games, and the whole arcade and retro video game world really reflects our personality as a band. I tried to design a throwback to the sort of retro games I played in arcades as a kid, (Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Mario Bros, etc..) and was inspired by all of the great art you see on the sides of cabinets. I'm particularly a fan of early Nintendo-style arcade cabinets, and decided to implement that particular cabinet style into the design.

Another element we brought to Awesomefest was the display you see below.


I had an old Ion iCade in the closet, and since I no longer have my iPad with all of my arcade roms on it, I decided to repurpose it for the band merch display. This meant designing the skin for the sides and front, as well as creating the front screen and top marquee from scratch. The screen you see here is actually inset from the display border about 2 inches, and lined with blinking lights for effect.

I received a ton of compliments on the display, and it was a blast to create. I think my next step will be to mount an ipad mini in the screen and play a looping animation for the "Danger Inc." game.. Stay tuned!