Sam van Doorn couldn’t let a friend trash a 1970s-era pinball machine, so the Dutch graphic artist turned it into a printer. Van Doorn stripped away the game’s haggard facade and repaired its inner workings. Then he tested 50 types of paper as ready-to-ink playing surfaces. Van Doorn named the machine STYN after his friend Styn Geurts, who helped with the build. STYN’s pinballs bang around like those in any arcade classic, but they’re dipped in lithographic ink. Every roll marks the ball’s movement—and each game’s unique play pattern—onto the paper.
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