Sunday, 1 July 2018

It's A Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek - Making Money


Spock to Kirk: "What does it mean - 'Exact Change'?"
 We haven't had one of these for a while, have we?! 
 Yes.  I've pulled my finger out and actually completed another of the Trek BBS Art Forum Art Challenges. 
 So, as set by the winner of May's art challenge:


Welcome to the June 2018 Fan Art Forum Challenge! This month's theme is all about money, money, money. Be it Federation Credits, Cardassian Lek, Karemman Dirak, Ferengi Latinum or Triskelionite Quatloos — it doesn't really matter, I just want to know what it looks like. Let's assume for a second currency in Star Trek's future wasn't all digital and you could actually hold it in your hands. What would it look like?

So the challenge is to create, design, illustrate or render money from Star Trek. This can be a coin, a bill or some other unseen form of currency. I'm looking forward to what you can come up with!


 I was finding it difficult thinking of something to do until I remembered Spock saying "What does it mean - Exact change?" when booted off the bus in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. So, I started to design a few coins/credit chips to become a handful of 23rd century change. Here are a couple of the designs I came up with on 10th June:



 A little basic, being just cut-out bits of silver and gold cardboard.  I wasn't even sure of what alien currency this was supposed to represent, never mind the denomination.


 Then today, I remembered that it was the deadline for the challenge and I hadn't done anything else with those bits of cardboard!



 So, I fished them out from beneath a stack of other unfinished projects and set to making them a little more presentable (as I didn't have time to try out any other ideas). 

 First off, I scored the edges then folded them slightly to create a bevelled look.  Then I scored Vulcan calligraphy into the gold coins (which you might be able to make out.  Just), and photographed them (with Phone, not Camera) in a beam of light from a closed-blinds window.

 And here's the result:


 No. This is my final entry:



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 As a reward for your patience at more Trekkery, I'll leave you with some music:


 ABBA's "Money Money Money"



 and "Money (Makes the World Go Round)" from Cabaret, but I've chosen Joe and Katya's fabulous Samba routine from last years Strictly Come Dancing:


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Previously on It's a Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek:

March 2018 - Murder On The Dancefloor
February 2018 - Narwhal in a Spacesuit
December 2017 - Unfinished Business
November 2017 - Let's See Your OC!
October 2017 - Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
July 2017 - Walk Like An Egyptian 
June 2017 - Foreign Relations
May 2017 - Driven to Distraction
February 2017 - Of Prophet's Tears and Verteron Nodes (plus the warm up: The Celestial Temple Cries Golden Tears)
December 2016 - "Did the plan fail, Edward?"
November 2016 - Winter Solstice
October 2016 - Twisted October: Star Trek Art Challenge



  As is now traditional, Senator Vreenak insists upon having the last word:




22 comments:

  1. Ooh! I'd like to play. Well, what I mean is,I'd like to make some money.
    Am I too late? Again?

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    1. No, it's never too late to make money! Unless you live on Earth in the 24th century when money no longer exists (although, it does seem to on other Federation worlds, so perhaps an emigration to Betazed would be in order?)

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  2. Looks like you have a real "money maker" there! Good luck!

    "Damn it, Jim, I'm a doctor not a numismatist!" Dr McCoy Star Trek "The Troubles With Exact Change"

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    1. I have learnt something new (what a numismatist is, not the lost Star Trek episode "The Troubles With Exact Change")), thank you LẌ!

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  3. Have you won yet?
    I'm sure this is a question that really should have been asked by somebody else.
    Sx

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    1. We do seem to be lacking a certain someone's favourite question/catchphrase, don't we? Perhaps we're to blame for not holding enough compos/quizzes/challenges/events? What are your supplies of tin foil like...?

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    2. I am always prepared for a tin foil situation, Mr Devine.
      Sx

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    3. Splendid! I've already got an idea for a theme, and I've looked through last year's Tin Foil Hat posts to get me in the mood for another compo. I was thinking of Autumn, but may get impatient and bring it forward to late Summer (like last year), plus, I don't want to clash with the Very Mistress's Garden Photos Event which I think is held in October? What do you think?

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    4. I will check my diary for other events, but I believe that I'm free of any pressing engagements for the next 12 months.
      Sx

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    5. I'm very grateful that you kept your diary free in anticipation of a "will he won't he" Tin Foil Hat event.

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  4. They look like some part of electrical switches, or else locks. You've missed your vocation and should be a nengineer. Or designer.
    I know I've said it before, but haven't you got long fingers?

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    1. I did wonder if they were too mechanical looking? I did think that the holes would serve some sort of locking purpose for use in vending machines or the like.

      My long fingers come in handy sometimes...

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    2. Ideal for probing!

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    3. You wouldn't believe the nooks and crannies they can get into!

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  5. Here in Canada, you could be forgiven for thinking money no longer exists.

    The cashiers ask, "Do you want to pay with credit card or debit card?"

    "Er... cash?" I respond.

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    1. Do they recoil in disgust? Urg. Dirty Cash.

      Actually, it's nice that you're asked. I don't think anyone's ever asked me how I'd like to pay. I usually just get told the amount then wave my card in their general direction.

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  6. I hope they don't do away with money in the future because the chav in me really enjoys playing the penny falls, in Blackpool.

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    1. That chav's still in you?!? Surely he must be spent by now?

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  7. They look like jewelry! Pendants and earrings! The perfect accessories for Vulcan high priestesses, Dabo girls, and fashion forward Bajorans.

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    1. I shall open a boutique on DS9's promenade!

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  8. I got some crown caps left, if that helps ?

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    1. Ha! Funnily enough, after I'd bevelled the edge of the gold coins, I did despair that I'd made them look like bottle caps!

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