The team found someone who pays licensing fees to the original companies and sells repurposed pinball art. That’s when the fun part began. When Black was growing up, he had a neighbor whose father repaired vending machines, including pinball ones. Black would ride over in his bike and spend mornings lost in his the makeshift arcade. For Tilt, he turned back to those memories. “When I was a kid I played the Kiss machine a lot so I asked that by in the mix,” he says. “Also, when I was a kid I was into science fiction and fantasy, so I said you have to have some sci-fi stuff. Certainly, since pinball’s heyday was the 50s, we had to have some stuff from the 50s.”
Attack from Mars, Playboy, X-Men, the list continues. Black’s vision, though, wasn’t going to be restrained to a bar top that seems perfectly suited for an Instagram account. Black wanted to thread this visual interest throughout the space, which was formerly used as a bocce court at his neighboring bar, Black Jack.
Pinball light fixtures are suspended from the ceiling. A fish tank with submerged bumper caps was built into the wall. The cocktail tables are also shaped like bumpers and a feature booth that sits eight has a massive green circular bumper, with a star cut into it, hanging from the center. Even the room itself is more or less shaped like a pinball machine.