Agent # 417

I have been collecting bottle caps for a while now, with the intention of making art with them. This past Winter, I made a huge Super Mario sprite out of various bottle caps for my friend, Dan.

I gave it to him for his Birthday.

After making the Mario one, I knew I had to make one for myself. It was going to be of MY favorite video game character: Mega Man. I set out collecting the bottle caps, and friends were giving me bags at a time. Everyone thought I was a weirdo, but that’s fine.


This is a 40″x60″ plank of wood. It’s huge and heavy. I had to have somebody pick me up at work to bring it home.


Here I am, spray-painting the background. I decided to go with a sort of explosion looking thing, but keeping it clean and simple with solid lines and bold colors.


Round 1 of the blue spraypaint is done. Seriously, this thing is as big as me.


I taped off the rest of the areas and finished the spray-painting. I was pretty pleased at this point with the background.


There are 417 bottle caps, including the bullet. This took more than just a few hours to lay all these out on the floor…


…and another few hours to move them from the floor to the spray-painted wood.


I wasn’t super pumped with how the yellow background was showing through, and a few of my friends noticed it, too. I had to color in the background areas where it was yellow as I glued the caps down. This took a really, really long time…


…but I got it finished, and I Love it. Seriously, Mega Man is as big as me. Awesome.


Agent # 417, named after how many bottle caps (pixels) there are in this thing.


Here’s a banana for scale.

Thanks for viewing this, but don’t ask me to make you one. I’m never making bottle cap art again.

Link to the imgur album


2 Responses to “Agent # 417”

  1. Ally Says:

    This is absolutely awesome :) I’m a little curious because I’m going to be something like this myself, how did you get the bottle caps stuck down?

  2. admin Says:

    Elmer’s glue on each cap. One by one.

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