Introducing the 2010 Sharpie Squad! (cue music: “Eye of the Tiger“). With a fusion of innovative, resourceful and unique talent, the Sharpie Squad, in its second year, aims to inspire people around the globe to “Uncap What’s Inside” and get creative with Sharpie markers.
Showcasing inventive and inspiring ideas from some of Sharpie’s most passionate fans, this year’s Sharpie Squad is comprised of 20 bloggers, artists, fashionistas and creative gurus. As Sharpie ambassadors, Squad members get the exclusive inside scoop into the world of Sharpie. They will also be among the first to learn about promotions and campaigns and will receive all of the latest and greatest Sharpie innovations before they hit stores. Each member will collect some sweet Sharpie swag throughout the year, including t-shirts, personalized Sharpie markers and one-of-a-kind Sharpie avatars designed in their likenesses to use on their own social media sites.
As we are so passionate about the talent this group has to offer, we’ll be shining the spotlight on each individual Squad member throughout 2010 on our own social media sites, so keep an eye out on Sharpie Uncapped, Facebook, and right here on the Sharpie Blog. You can also stay up to date on all things Sharpie via Twitter with SharpieSusan & SharpieWhit.
Get to know the Sharpie Squad!
Though brand new to the Sharpie Squad this year, you may recognize this next member as she was a brilliant asset to Sharpie during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC last fall at our DIY Sharpie Bar!
Erica Domesek is a distinguished lifestyle, design and style expert, living and creating in New York City. She is also the founder of the innovative DIY brand “PS-I Made This…” With a keen eye and ability to make everything from fashion accessories, home décor accents and provide a vision for creative soirees, Erica’s work has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, Glamour, Vogue Nippon, Domino, GQ, among others. She has styled and designed campaigns for international brands such as Kate Spade, Tumi, J.Crew, Anthropologie, Roxy, Sigerson Morrison, and True Religion, Helmut Lang, and has hosted Alloy Entertainment’s Teen.com TV’s Craft Club.
Erin Moore of Things Moms Like, a popular review and giveaway blog, is the mother of two (7 and 14). A 2009 Sharpie Squad veteran, back for more in 2010, Erin has worked as an event planner as well as a promoter. She frequently speaks at parenting conferences all over the country and loves to travel! Erin enjoys offering fun contests and honest reviews to parents everywhere with her blog. And Hello?!! Of course she uses Sharpies on a daily basis!
Alex Poli, better known as Man One, is a leading urban muralist and artist. Involved with the Graffiti Art movement since 1987, Man One began his artistic journey in the streets of Los Angeles tagging and leaving his trademark of bold, colorful aerosol strokes, in search of his artistic purpose. He may be new to the Sharpie Squad in 2010, but his artwork has already been showcased in over 40 group exhibitions domestically and internationally, 10 solo exhibits, and displayed at several museums and high profile galleries, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Getty, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, and Parco Museum in Tokyo.
Commercially, Man One’s commissions include murals, designs and concepts for MTV, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Sony, Ubisoft to name a few, as well as scenic visuals for feature films, music videos and TV commercials and ads for Microsoft, Target and Ford. His artwork has been profiled and featured in a number of international magazines, newspapers and books including the Washington Post and New York Magazine. He also owns and runs Crewest, the only L.A.-based gallery dedicated to the upliftment of Graffiti Art.
Kristin Lesney is the mother to Kai, 5, and Brooklin, 1. She’s a busy full-time college student living in Oregon and a veteran Sharpie Squad member, returning for her second year! Kristin chronicles the daily life of just another Ordinary Mom. Kristin is the owner of Our Ordinary Life, a blog where she talks about her journey through life as a mom and college student. She enjoys keeping it real and always has an opinion about something! Kristin shares what her family finds useful and if she doesn’t seem busy enough, she also involves herself in several projects around the blogpshere. She’s one of Frito Lay’s Fab 15 moms as well as a Frigidare Test Drive Mom.
Linda Ellett is a professional artist who specializes in decorating pottery with Sharpie markers! Residing in upstate New York, this new Sharpie Squad member is celebrating 31 years of extraordinary tile-making with her shop, L’esperance Tile Works found on Etsy. Every one of Ellett’s tiles is handmade and hand-glazed in her upstate New York studios.
Brand new in 2010 to the Sharpie Squad, Corine Ingrassia is a suburban stay-at-home mom of two — a boy, 4, and a girl, 1. Corine blogs from Central New Jersey where she talks with an audience of other “Complicated Mama’s” who are seeking balance in their full-time, permanent stay-at-home mom jobs. Corine is also a contributing writer for the NYMetropolista blog and NJ.com/parenting.
Welcome back Jon E. Nimetz, second year Sharpie Squad member! Based out of Venice, California, Jon is a producer, marketer, advertising producer, and the talent behind SuperFineArt.com. He is known for his loud personality and passionate style, which he emphasizes through his art. Jon uses a combination of acrylic paint and Sharpie paint markers to create nature-inspired paintings that are both unique and self-expressive.
Linsey Knerl, the endearing voice behind Lille’ Punkin Reviews , is always on the lookout for the next best thing when it comes to making her life easier. Who isn’t, right?! As a free resource for parents and friends of parents, Knerl offers regular, unbiased opinions on a variety of family-friendly items. This is Linsey’s second year on the Sharpie Squad! This punkin is a must-have resource when it comes to parenting!
Lauri Harrison is founder of MomToBeDepot.com and is a blogger for several media sites including Working Mother magazine and Examiner.com. Not only is Lauri a second time Sharpie Squad member, she is also the mom of a tot (no, not tater-tots, silly) and a teenager, informing parents about great new products (as well as the classics, eh hem… Sharpie)!
Cheeming Boey is a California-based artist using Styrofoam cups as his chosen canvas. With artistic creations that seem to go viral on a weekly basis, this brand new 2010 Squad member uses Sharpie markers to create intricate designs on cups, selling them online at iamboey.com. Boey has attracted tons of attention with his mini masterpieces and has been featured in the OC Register and maxim.com.
Laura Kelly is an official Sharpie guru and second year Squad member. Using Sharpie markers, Laura creates bright, bold and simple designs that uplift the human spirit. Surrounded by people who share her aspirations to generate joy, happiness and empowerment in a vibrant, organized environment, she fills notebooks with playful Sharpie drawings inspired by everyday images when suddenly, a new collection is born. Laura currently licenses her work to companies in a variety of industries including gift, stationery, gourmet food and home décor as well as bank products. She also owns her own wholesale company, Laura Kelly Designs, which manufactures stationery products for stores around the country. When she isn’t working on her licensable portfolio, you will find her painting, baking, gardening, playing with clay or making stuff out of recycled stuff. She is also a active member of the Greeting Card Association, Craft and Hobby Association where she serves on the Trend Team and as a delegate to the National Stationery Show.
His second year on the Sharpie Squad, Travis Todd creates Sharpie art on everyday objects from lunch boxes to automobiles. He even carries a Sharpie on his key chain just in case he is overcome with an urge to create “instant art!” Travis has built a great name for himself – he is especially renowned in online automotive forums for his amazing Sharpie Art Car creations, one of which was recently featured on womansday.com. He has developed his own blend of elegant scroll work and graffiti-style art and claims that people tend to see what they want to see in his artwork. You can find some of his works on his Flickr page @ www.flickr.com/spdu4ia.
Click HERE to see what Travis’ Sharpie Art is all about.
Say hello to Alli Whitmore, the brains and beauty behind One Pearl Button. This Sharpie Squad newcomer is an archaeologist and crafter, striving to do something creative everyday! She blogs about fashion, design, crafts and photography and has had work featured all over the internet as well as in print. As an archaeologist, Alli is naturally drawn to the history of objects and has a feminine, slightly quirky style which is strongly influenced by the past. Some of her current loves are crocheted afghans, clothes that are way too big, and Polaroid photography. And of course, Sharpie markers are considered invaluable tools in her creative arsenal!
Derek Benson of San Diego, CA takes lunch time to a new level using Sharpie markers. A second year Sharpie Squad member, Benson uses Sharpie markers to add intricate drawings of cartoons, super heroes, characters and more to his childrens’ brown paper lunch bags – and he does it every day! During his lunch breaks, Benson conjures up his unique designs, all which can be seen on his website lunchbagart.tumblr.com. His drawings have been featured in Parents magazine and can be seen on his Tumblr or via his twitter account.
New to the Sharpie Squad, Debbie Bookstaber is editor of Mamanista.com, a site dedicated to pointing out the fabulously chic and irresistibly practical–shopping, making it easy for the hip mama on a budget to compare products. Debbie is currently the Director of Strategy at The JAR Group, holds a postion on her local school board as well as gives her time to serving serveal charitable boards.
Mark Rivard is a well-known skateboard artist, covering a wide variety of genres and designs. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rivard is a returning 2009 Sharpie Squad member, whose work has been seen in exhibitions around the world, including shows in Belgium, Denver, Detroit, Seattle and New York City. Rivard takes his Sharpies with him worldwide, teaching and inspiring through art.
As the creator of If it’s Hip, It’s Here, Laura Sweet has always had an admiration for art, design and craftsmanship. Her blog is an outlet to share what she admires as “hip” with her 30,000+ readers every month. Currently residing in Beverly Hills, Laura has lived and worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Detroit and Seattle. Living in these assorted locations has exposed her to a variety of diverse attitudes, styles and values. For more than 20 years, Laura has been on the creative side of the TV and print advertising business. She has produced work on several major accounts from luxury cars to IKEA. Laura holds degrees in both Fine Art and Art History from UC Berkeley. She also has a degree in Advertising from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, where she was an instructor for eight years. This is Laura’s first year as a Sharpie Squad member!
Hanna Agar is a 2009 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and a minor in Spanish. For the past few years, she has been creating a lot of artwork involving the use of recycled paper to create sets, costumes, and props that then are photographed. A returning member of the Sharpie Squad, Hanna uncaps her Sharpies all over the paper with her camera on an interval timer so that she can photograph the whole process. She considers her work “documented performance art.” In addition to her love of Sharpie markers, Hanna currently works as a studio photographer doing assignments for Volume One Magazine (an arts and culture magazine in Eau Claire, Wis.) as well as some freelance work. Hanna has recently returned from Southern India where she was working as a product designer for the women’s organization, “Blue Mango.”
Check out Hanna’s work! She has a wonderful section on her website dedicated to Sharpie!
Tali Buchlar, a fresh face to the 2010 Sharpie Squad, is a stay-at-home mom, raising her kids in the most creative way she can. A mother of two girls and blogger of www.growingupcreative.com, Tali shares her experiences and research about raising her girls to be innovative and imaginative. Upon graduating from Massachusetts College of Art from the Department of Architecture, she gained four years of training at an innovative architecture firm. Since then, she has opened her own firm with Kristen Giannattasio in Watertown, Massachusetts. Tali recently moved back to Israel from Santa Monica, CA.
Welcome Heather Batts to the Sharpie Squad! Heather is a mom of two boys who writes about her journey as a diva on a budget at thedomesticdiva.org. for. Her blog has been recognized as one of the “142 Resources that will Save you Cash” in 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by the writers of Wise Bread, for being a part of one of the “Best Personal Finance Blogs.” With such a successful blog, Heather has even been able to has interview celebrities including daytime talk show host Kelly Ripa and Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin.
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