My first and favorite pinball, OXO, had Pointy People all over it. There were Pointy People on the backglass. There were Pointy People on the playfield. They couldn't be avoided! They were everywhere! I've always liked OXO's Pointy People artwork. It seemed to glow in neon pink, green and blue colors. As I got more into pinball, I realized that there were a lot of Pointy People Pins out there. And then I learned that it was Christian Marche who was known for his Pointy People artwork.
Pointy People art seems to generate strong feelings in the eye of the beholder. Some people love it. Some people hate it. If art is supposed to generate feelings then Christian Marche is successful at generating that. He created Pointy People art in the late 1960s and early 1970s and his Pointy People artwork has become iconic of this period of EM pinball machines. I like the pure joy shown my the man on the backglass of OXO jumping for joy when collecting three 'Os.' Such exuberance is contagious!
Christian Marche is THE Pointy People artist. I wondered if there were others. And then, when researching the topic, I discovered that Bally Capersville has Pointy People and the art was done by Jerry Kelly. And that wasn't the only Pointy People art I found from Jerry Kelly.
IPDB shows Jerry Kelley as artist on 16 pinball machines. Christian Marche is credited for an astounding 149 pins per IPDB, but not all of those are Pointy People Pins.
Do you love or hate Pointy People art? All viewpoints are welcome. If you dislike the art, beware! Pointy People grow on you!
Would you like to see a Pointy People Pin today or should they remain iconic relics of the baby boomers youth, never to be seen again?
I have these three Pointy People Pins:
Williams Strike Zone 1970:
Bally Double-Up 1970:
Williams OXO 1973:
I would like to say that OXO was the 'Pointiest' of the Pointy People Pins but I would have to give that honor to Williams A-Go-Go 1966 and that art was done by Jerry Kelley.
Please discuss and post your Pointy People Pins here!