Happy 38th Birthday Barcode!

Celebrate the barcode 38th birthday with artist multimedia Scott Blake.

As you know, Tuesday, June 26 is the 38th anniversary of the first barcode scanned in a grocery store. The infamous pack of Wrigley's chewing gum was scanned in a supermarket in Troy, Ohio on June 26, 1974. To commemorate the occasion, artist Scott Blake will be live streaming from his art studio all day on Tuesday, June 26, from 9 AM to 7PM.


He is currently working on a new series of 32 barcode paintings representing the foods he eats for an exhibit at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas. Each barcode takes him roughly 5 hours to paint by hand, and he has completed 50 hours of work as of right now, with 100 hours to go. Collectively, when arranged, the final dimension of all 32 barcode paintings will measure 13 feet wide x 8 feet tall. The barcode paintings can even be scanned with a smartphone to reveal the product represented.

While best known for his Barcode Art, Scott Blake has created new works that are scandalous, witty, fun, pornographic, humorous and about a thousand other adjectives viewers might use when seeing them for the first time. Blake has exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, Vienna,and beyond. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, FHM, and Adbusters magazine have featured his Barcode Art, in addition he was interviewed on ABC World News Tonight, Boing Boing, and Tech TV. The creators of Photoshop recognized his artwork at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, held in the Guggenheim Museum NYC. Blake was commissioned to create custom art for the actress Jane Fonda and Universal Studios theme park. He received aB.F.A from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. Blake was born in Tampa, Florida, and currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

If you would like more information about the barcode paintings or other barcode art works, Scott Blake may be contacted at scott@barcodeart.com


Scott Blake
Barcode Art
PO Box 6723, Omaha, NE 68106, USA
Phone: 402-321-3485