As I've posted several times here, I've been collaborating with PAPA to do various shirts, posters, and tokens for some of their events over the past two years. I've really valued the chance to participate, in however small a way, to the amazing events that are going on at PAPA HQ.
Last April, I went with my buds, and amazing artists Sophie, Josh, Carl, and Joyana to Pittsburgh, PA while they looked at the city as a potential place to move to. (Spoiler, they're moving there! Get ready for an injection of awesome, Pittsburgh!!) It was a really great trip for me, and I too fell in love with Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the trip occurred ONE WEEK before the Pinburgh Championship, so I wouldn't be able to see one of the great pinball tournaments of the US. I decided to shoot an email over to Mark Steinman to see if I could get into the facility. I am so grateful that PAPA wizard Elizabeth Cromwell took the time out of her day to show me around! Here are some of the photos that I took on the initial lap that Elizabeth took me around on.
I can only imagine what the facility would be like when all the machines are turned on, and full of players!
Zaccaria machines that PAPA had, which is something I've reserved for another post.
Freak Out, a custom machine by Mike Budai. There were a couple of other different custom machines, but this one was my favorite.
Also, the colors on that Black Jack machine in the foreground are breathtaking!
Surf n' Safari? One of the things that was continually blowing my mind about this visit was how every other machine was something I'd never heard of before. From the Zaccaria machines to obscure Bally machines, this facility is a treasure trove of rare gems.
I'm looking through the photos right now, and I;m realizing that there are a lot more to show/talk about. I'm going to break this up over two weeks!