A few days ago, I mentioned that I’ve been watching a Let’s Play of Deadly Premonition. Well, as the show went on, I became more and more enamored of York’s cigarette lighter. You probably can’t really make it out in that picture, and watching/playing the game, you might not even notice it unless you’re looking out for it, but it’s a matte black Zippo with a “No Smoking” logo on the lid.
I had to have one, and now you can too.
Well, more or less.
I wanted to get a professionally printed one, but the only place I could find that would print on a matte black zippo required a minimum run of 48. I’m too lazy to deal with selling off the extras to people, and didn’t want to pay $1200 for a lighter, no matter how awesome Special Agent Francis York Morgan is.
So, here’s the solution I came up with.
Step 1: Buy one of these.
Step 2: Download this. Print it out on a sheet of sticker paper, preferably on a color laser printer. Then give it two or three light coats of spray matte varnish, making sure to let it dry thoroughly between coats. You can get cans of this stuff at art stores or hobby/game shops that sell wargame painting supplies.
Step 3: Cut out two of the stickers with an xacto knife. It’s easier if you get one of the ones with a tiny swiveling blade. Your instinct may be to cut very lightly, so as to cut the sticker without cutting the backing, making it way easier to peel the backing off. I suggest you instead go ahead and cut all the way through; this makes it way easier to run a black sharpie around the edge of the sticker to get rid of the white edge.
Step 4: Put the stickers on the lighter. They go on the lid, one each side, about 1/8″ from the non-hinge edge.
Step 5: Put the rest of the stickers somewhere safe so you have replacements for when the old ones inevitably get scuffed up from being in your pocket.
Not perfect, but pretty good for the easiest possible solution to the problem.
If you’re a Deadly Premonition fan with too much entrepreneurial spirit and want to get a real run of these made — maybe as a Kickstarter project or something — let me know. I will totally buy two of them, and I can give you the vector art for the logo.