Tucson-based artist Kyle Kulakowski specializes in video game-inspired black velvet paintings, a medium that uses black velvet in place of canvas, allowing vibrant colors to pop out more against the dark background. You've probably seen a kitschy black velvet piece of Elvis or Jesus sitting in a local thrift store at some time or another!

Kulakowski specializes in painting scenes from classic video games like Pac-Man and Joust (which look great when lit by a black light) as you'll see past the post break, but he also has a couple for more modern titles like the Psychonauts piece above -- noting that Psychonauts is the only video game to prominently feature black velvet paintings.

The artist is selling a few of the pieces on display at his deviantArt profile (contact him for prices) and is available for commissioned work.