Today’s topic is conventional typewriters turned into awesome unconventional gadgets that let you paint and drink your own word combinations.
Creating memorable piece of art on the typewriter is not a new concept. Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway all favored this popular pre-computer gadget.
The “Chromatic Typewriter,” however, seems to be a new breed of the 21 century.
Washington-based photographer-turned-painter-turned-typewriter-mechanic Tyree Callahan transformed and old 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter into a painting device he calls a Chromatic Typewriter. Chromatic Typewriter features colored paint pads instead of usual ink and color markers instead of the letters.
“I’m super excited about it. The reaction to the piece has been pretty special. It seems to be making a lot of people happy and it has started some great discussions on the translation of art into words and words into art. And folks with synesthesia seem to like it the most, “ says Callahan.
Drink Mixing Typewriter
This bad boy would suit Hunter S. Thompson while he was writing his famous Rum Diaries. A Russian tinkerer (those Russians!) going by morskoiboy nickname has created a typewriter that pours a different type of liqueur or liquid into a glass with every keystroke. That same liquid is used in a big single-character LCD-like display, that shows users what letter they’re typing. This means that different cocktails can be created, simply by typing in different words. “You can try to imagine that each letter can have a taste (L-Lime, A-Apple), a color (R-Red, G-Green), or a name (K-Kahlua, J-Jagermeister)” morskoiboy suggests on his website.