Dig Dug is one of my all time favorite games and I jumped at the opportunity to put my spin on this classic game for the upcoming "I am 8-bit" show. Growing up my family did lots of road trips and whenever possible we would stay at a Holidome. This was a Holiday Inn with an indoor pool, miniature golf course, and arcade. Sometimes they were bigger and more extravagant and sometimes they were very simple. Either way they almost always had a Mrs. Pac-Man and Dig Dug. My dad and I would spend hours on the Mrs. Pac-Man machine and I would then jump on the Dig Dug machine and drop a few dollars. I am by no means "King of Kong" good at any of these games because I also had an interest in fresh air and girls. Last year I was lucky enough to find a perfect condition full standing Arcade version of Dig Dug for $300 at our local Thrift store. SCORE!!! Ever since Silver Spoons I have always wanted arcade games in my house along with a train and duck phone. So far I only have one arcade game. My next mission is to add Mrs. Pac-Man and Galaga to my collection. Then the search for the duck phone begins.
The look of Dig Dug was a perfect fit for collage. Layers of pixilated earth! I used dirt, paint, tissue paper, cardboard, sand, rootbeer cases, coffee cozies, colored scrap book paper, and a lot of glue on top of canvas to create the final look of these pieces. The horizontal canvases are 12X40", and the vertical pieces are 20X24". Long live Dig Dug!!!
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