Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Amazing Technicolor Typewriter

Most of us probably wonder what it’s like to write on a typewriter, in any sort of earnest. Now imagine typing with pigments rather than letters. Artist Tyree Callahan pondered that exact thought and set out to rebuild a machine that could type with all the colors of the wind. He polished up an old 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, scouring the lingering nicotine residue from the Hunter S. Thompson-like writer that slaved for years, cigarette in mouth, over the old QWERTY keys. He reset the letters with color swatches and the cartridges with watercolors. One month later, the world has the first watercoloring typewriter. 

Though Callahan does admit, “I cannot imagine how one would create art with this in a practical way. If the paint could be automatically applied some way, it could be feasible. As it stands, the keys have to be manually reloaded with paint.”

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