Lazer Tagger

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Laser Tag pistols were so heavy that you could pistol whip your friends with it and it would do more damage than an actual laser. Not only did they feature an authentic heft, but also a sleek design that was far more elegant than any other toy pistol that had come before it. As a child, I felt like the designers respected my intelligence enough to make a laser gun that really looked like something out of Star Wars, as opposed to the bright orange pieces of shit I'd normally beg for at flea markets. I'd bet money that my dad was responsible for one of these bastards showing up under the tree one fateful X-mas. Never having a lot of toys as a child, he was always a sucker for authentic looking war toys.
Not quite as sophisticated as the Lazer Tag arenas that started popping up in the 90's, the original Laser Tag used this bright red sensor that looked like a futuristic stud finder, and "games" consisted of trying to shoot your opponents sensor three times. However, it took all of 2 minutes to figure out that you could easily cover the sensor with one hand while firing away with the other. Still, the guns themselves were completely awesome and were coveted for afternoons sessions of "playing guns". I even remember using one of these black bastards when I entered my Young Guns phase (I was the only hip cowboy sporting a shiny, death ray).

A few weeks back, I had some bad experiences painting the Minions on store bought canvas, leading me to use wood instead. I had a few more canvases lying around, and not wanting to be a 3 time loser, I decided to try using matte medium to collage a few images to one. I used scans from the toy section of an old Sears catalogue. A sharp eye will spot The Ghostbusters, M.U.S.C.L.E, and those old rubber LJN wrestlers; all toys that 7 year old Rip pined over.
The pistol is an example of the direction I'm trying to go in. Even more stencil layers, using subtler colors, to make fore a more photo-realistic image. The shininess of the black allowed me to sorta dip my toe into this technique, and I'm pretty encouraged by the results.

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