Aces of ANSI Art

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Aces of ANSI Art
San Jose, California
Chips Ahoy[citation needed]

Aces of ANSI Art (abbreviated as <A.A.A>)[1] was the first group of artists specifically organized for the purposes of creating and distributing ANSI art.[2] The group was founded and operated by two BBS enthusiasts from California, "Zyphril" and "Chips Ahoy", from 1989 through 1991.


The group was initially formed in 1989[1] during the BBS era, but soon after the group's founding, ANSI art groups took on a life of their own, growing increasingly popular and spawning what would come to be known as the "artscene."[2] ANSI art, which initially began as a method for bulletin board sysops to draw users to their boards, but with the emergence of organized groups, the artscene became associated with "underground" culture, such as warez boards.[2]

In 1990, a schism occurred when a small but influential group of members left the group to form ACiD Productions.[2] ACiD (ANSI Creators In Demand) grew to become the first international artscene group.[3]


  • Chips Ahoy (Founder)
  • Zyphril (Founder)
  • RaD Man (Senior member)[4]
  • Mondoman
  • The Beholder
  • Icepirate

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Danet, Brenda. "Cyberpl@y: Communicating Online". Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers, 2001. ISBN 1-85973-424-3.
  • "Dark Domain: the collection" (DVD-ROM). San Jose, CA, USA: ACiD Productions, LLC, 2004. ISBN 0-9746537-0-5.
  • Hacker Chronicles, CD-Rom, produced and distributed by P-80 Systems.
  • Scott, Jason. "BBS: The Documentary" (DVD). Boston, MA, USA: Bovine Ignition Systems, 2005.
  • Wands, Bruce (2006). Art of the Digital Age, London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-23817-0.
  • Zetter, Kim. "How Humble BBS Begat Wired World". Wired News. June 8, 2005. Retrieved October 27, 2005.


  1. ^ a b ", Aces of Ansi Art". ReadMe file of Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Jason Scott (2005). "BBS: The Documentary" (DVD). Boston, MA: Bovine Ignition Systems.
  3. ^ Garrett, Ben (April 27, 2004). "Online Software Piracy of the Last Millennium" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "History of Text Art Video by RaD Man / ACiD". Roy of Superior Art Creations. 11 February 2007. Archived from the original on 8 April 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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Examples of ANSI Artwork[edit]

More on the History of the Art Scene[edit]