If you grew up during the video game revolution like I did, one should know about Dig Dug. Dig Dug or ディグダグ Digu Dagu, is an arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan in 1982. The objective of Dig Dug is to eliminate underground-dwelling monsters (Pookas: A race of round red monsters or Fygars: A race of green dragons who can breathe fire) by inflating them until they pop, or by dropping rocks on them.
I was inspired to create a “custom vinyl set” for Somo’s Gallery’s Custom Munny Showcase from another show I was previously involved in at Chopsticks Gallery in Oakland called “Ode to the Gamer”. Since I grew up with an older brother who introduced me to the gaming world, ie. dragging me along to places like Silver Ball in Berkeley, CA, I was very excited to create a Millennial version of one of the games I loved as a kid through designer toys.
Here is the finished product of my first custom vinyl toy available for purchase at Somos Gallery in Salinas, CA. Be on the look out for more custom toys by yours truly in the future.