Given how much of his life he’s spent pursuing numerous and varied types of gaming arts, it’s hard to imagine anybody on earth who would be more thrilled than Ryan Adams to have his likeness stamped onto an arcade token. So it was probably a bucket-list dream come true for a pinball enthusiast like Ryan to appear on tokens for the Analog Arcade Bar in the Quad Cities town of Davenport, Iowa. Analog is a game joint stocked with a ton of cool pinball machines and arcade games, and it looks like the kind of place that would be Ryan’s go-to hangout spot if he lived in the vicinity.
The tokens are about the size of a quarter and depict a bespectacled and tousle-haired Ryan beneath the motto “IN RYAN WE TRUST” on one side, with the Arcade logo emblazoned on the other. Ryan responded to the honor with an Instagram post, saying he felt like he’d “won the Nerdlympics.” The folks who run Analog were kind enough to send me a few with I asked for some, along with a very nice note. I plan to keep them in my Whiskeytown treasure trove, right next to the whiskey bottle. And I’d call this the coolest act of DRA homage this side of the menu at Sticks & Stones Pizza in Greensboro, North Carolina.