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Turn Heads with Sharpie Neon-Inspired Baubles!

 

Start Bright! Go Electric!

To celebrate the launch of our NEW Sharpie Neon Permanent Markers, we have teamed up with the gems at BaubleBar to create a line of Sharpie Neon-inspired necklaces! YES, Sharpie-inspired JEWELRY!

The necklaces come in five bold neon colors: Pink, Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green —  just like their Sharpie marker muses.  And they ALL glow under blacklight – the markers, the necklaces – all of them!  Make these neon accessories part of your summer fest wardrobe or add anytime you just need that extra pop of neon!

To make this deal even more dazzling, each necklace purchase comes with a FREE coordinating Sharpie Neon marker*.  Buy two or more necklaces and you get the WHOLE Sharpie Neon 5-color set!

Glow from head to hand and start turning heads now!!

You better hurry though, these bright babies won’t be around forever!

*While supplies last. 

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Salute Your Shorts

Happy 4th of July and happy birthday, America!

In honor of the big 2-3-6, we are showing off our freedom flair, and a little leg, by sporting shorts that scream “U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!” 

back it up with Stained by Sharpie

AND they couldn’t get much easier to whip up: A couple of Stained by Sharpie markers, a pair of white cut-offs, some stars and stripes and BOOM you are one hot little firecracker!

Now, we want to see yours! Show us how you are reppin’ your Sharpie stars and stripes on Facebook this 4th of July– and beyond (helllooo London 2012 Summer Games!! Just THINK of the outfit opportunities), and we might just share YOUR design with the rest of the Sharpie world!

 

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Your Wish Is My Command

You can stop rubbing your magic lamp because Project Canvas is granting you the ultimate trifecta of Sharpie splendor; sweet new kicks, celebrity swag and uncapped Sharpie creativity. Oh, but it doesn’t stop there—you even get a FOURTH bonus wish: it is all for an AWESOME cause!

Project Canvas is a socially conscious company that promotes creativity amongst youth by supporting underfunded creative arts programs in public schools and to kick off their program, they are auctioning off celebrity designed sneaks! These A-list sneakers are being auctioned off through Wednesday in support of the Urban Arts Partnership, so, if you have a pretty penny to spare, hop on over and treat your feet!

Here’s a little taste of who’s uncapping what’s inside for charity!

Ellen's very own dancing shoes

Creative mastermind, Cee-Lo Green

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Pop that Collar

Spring is right around the corner, I can feel it… (as I watch the snow falling from my window) and I am totally on board with blogger, Kristen Turner from Glitter and Glue, and am all for starting Spring a little early!

So bring on the color and start popping your collar with Kristen’s brightened up button-downs and Stained by Sharpie!

Image via GlitterandGlue.com

Image via GlitterandGlue.com

Be sure to check out Kristen’s blog, Glitter and Glue, for more pictures and tips!

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A Stencil for A Stellar Stain: An Interview with Ed Roth

Ed Roth has been Sharpie’s partner in crime for a LONG time and we LOVE him for it–not to mention the exclusive stencils he made JUST for us a few years ago–and couldn’t believe we hadn’t already interviewed this Sharpie stenciling genius!

Ed recently got his hands on some of our new Stained by Sharpie fabric markers for the launch of his NEWEST book; Stencil 201 and he even made us a little video …( keep on scrolling to check it out!)

So without further ado, allow me the immense pleasure of introducing you to Mr. Ed Roth, the man behind Stencil1 and the unofficial Stained By Sharpie commercial :)

Who DOESN'T love a stencil self-portrait? Ed Roth, ladies and gentleman.

Tell me about yourself! Where are you from? Interests? Likes? Dislikes? Pet Peeves? 

My name is Ed Roth. I grew up in Northern New Jersey, 20 minutes from NYC. I had crafty parents, you know, in that suburban way. Mom did ceramics, Dad painted murals on the garage walls with left over house paint, etc…With their influence and being a bored suburban teen, I would raid thrift stores and buy old furniture and refinish it- paints, stains, faux finishes, you name it as well as up-cycling clothes. I was the kid that wrote his favorite band names on his Converse with, yep, a black Sharpie!

Personally, I live for design and art and have a need to be creative. After working for decades for tv networks and ad agencies as an art director and animator, I then started my own design company, Stencil1, in 2004 in Brooklyn, NY.

A stencil isn't enough for THIS face. .

Likes? Well, I like design with soul. Clever street art. Customized belongings. Things with meaning.

Dislikes?  Generic cookie cutter spaces.  Overpriced clothes. 

Pet peeves? Overly designed items or spaces. Good design doesn’t have to be over the top.

What inspires you and your work? I usually find inspiration in my design work from things outside my field such as music, a trip to the museum,  being in nature, traveling , vintage shopping, being in Brooklyn. For example, a trip to the Museum of  Natural History will inspire the need to make an octopus stencil!

How would you describe your style?  Eclectic. I’m all over the place but have always liked nostalgia, nature, pattern, urban imagery, graffiti and pop art. Hence the range of stencil designs on the site!

Stencil and send!

 

You have done it all, including working as a graphic artist, animator and gallerist; as well as what we love you for, your stencils- what is it about stencils that really jazz you up?

How flattering. Thank you. I love perpetuating the art of stenciling. I love their history – their use for political outcry, their highly decorative use in castles of kings. It’s a tool without clear definition. It’s also so utilitarian, it allows someone who may not feel comfortable drawing to make art and be creative, it provides satisfaction. I love seeing how everyone who uses one of my stencils will have a different end result. Love it.

How did you get started?  In late 2004, I was needing a break from ad agencies . I had run a successful art gallery in Williamsburg with friends and wanted to continue doing something art related. I wanted to design a book. I did just that. I made a prototype book of 50 stencils. I shopped it around to publishers who liked it but weren’t sure how to produce it. I decided to just sell the stencils individually so I built a website (my other background is web design). I got press right away on CoolHunting.com, then the NYTimes, then Blick Art Materials called and wanted to carry Stencil1. I have figured it out along the way, slowly growing the company, adding designs, adding art supplies. Then I started making books with Chronicle Books. We released Stencil 101 in 2008. Since then, we released Stencil 101 Décor, Stencil Stationery, Stencil 101 Journal, and now Stencil 201. Next year you will see Stencil 101 Style. I continue to release new designs on Stencil1.com

Your stencils are super trendy and, not only hit the basics when you think of a “stencil,” they also have a cool edginess to them; how do you come up with new ideas? 

I think sometimes it’s simply what I like but also I have always been a trend watcher.

Do you have a personal soft spot for one of your designs in particular?

I have a few favs. I love my 7 foot grizzly bear! I recreated him in a small size for Stencil 201, this way he can fit right on your shirt!  My Stencil Graffiti Mini Sets are also some of my favorites since they were some of the first designs I put out and I think define Stencil1. People seem to like these since they are smaller and super easy to use.

Get grizzly with it... can you imagine? 7 FEET!

How do you use Sharpie markers in your work?

Well, With the release of Stained fabric markers, I am like a pig in the mud, haha. I do a lot of t-shirt design work, many of my stencils are really designed with apparel in mind. Sharpie has made customizing t-shirts way easier with these new fabric markers. While painting is great, everyone can use a marker with perfect results. The tips of these markers are more brush like with a point so you can stencil into fine details or fill in larger areas easily. I used the markers at by events for people to stencil with, amazing results. Make sure you watch the video!

Favorite Sharpie?  Why?

I guess now it would be a black Stained fabric marker because it’s basic, multi-surface and allows me to customize t-shirts, canvas sneakers, anything really.

Best part of your “day job” and if you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?

Well, the best part of being the Stencil1 owner is  getting to create creative tools that people use to make things with. I love seeing what people make, it feels like you provided someone some fun.

If not this, I would still have to be creative. Textile designer? Landscape architect?

If you could have one super power what would it be and why? 

Fun question! Maybe to spray paint out of my wrist like Spiderman throws webs!

 

What trends do you see making it big in 2012/ what are you pumped about in 2012 ( in the art world, in design, whatever)?

Trends for 2012 – I think customizing your wares and space is a big movement. The quest for authenticity.  I am very excited about 2012 as I am reaching out to do a lot of collaborative work. I will not only be introducing more stencils, art tools and supplies but also working with companies to create apparel, décor, and home items. 

Tell me about the video and background on the event !!


 

The video here was shot the day of the official book launch for my new book Stencil 201. I always have a DIY event during my book signing so people can be creative. I partnered with Etsy to have  their craft nite coincide with the signing at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO. I tested the project at my studio. I cut up canvas into patches and provided Stained by Sharpie markers with stencils from Stencil 201 as well as some other Stencil1 designs. Some even brought their own canvas bags and t-shirts to customize. As you will see, the crowd really enjoyed it!

 

For more BOMB dot com (this phrase is making a comeback! trust me…) stencils and to check out his books, be sure to stop by his website and check him out on Twitter and Facebook.

EXCLUSIVE Sharpie perk alert! Be sure to LIKE Stencil1 on Facebook to receive the special discount code exclusively for Sharpie lovers… AND for 20% off be sure to join his mailing list (scroll down and its on the left!)!!

 

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He’s BAAACCCKKKK: Catch up with Matthew Langille

Guest blogger, Stephanie, has been catching up with one of our favorite Sharpie stars, designer Matthew Langille! Matthew has been featured here before and we thought it was about time to catch up with this amazing designer and take the opportunity to congratulate him on his new addition, baby boy, William!

Stephanie, take it away!

Welcome back, Matthew! It has been a while since we last spoke with you. We figured now would be a great time to play catch up. It has been quite a year for you, especially with your new addition to your family, baby William, entering your life. Congratulations!

How is your family life?
My family life is awesome. I am the proud parent of my 9 week old son William who is just a pleasure! He is a well behaved baby who eats and sleeps well. My lovely wife Karen is the best. She is incredible, a designer in her own right and a natural mother. She makes it look so easy and I’m thankful for that because without her, I’d be lost.

That is great to hear. In fact, I would like to make this interview a little more about you and your life style. So sit back, relax and get ready to answer some personal questions.

I do interviews real loose, I’m ready for you.

Towels by Matthew for One Kings Lane

Since Sharpie’s last interview, have you altered your style in anyway?
Not really. I work organically, creating characters and prints on a regular basis. It’s kind of like I have no choice and that somehow I just keep designing. I am still working with Sharpies and ripping through computer paper stacks working to find the images that grab me.

 

What are some recent projects that you have worked on that you feel proud about?
There are so many. I have recently designed prints for a cloth diaper company which is really fabulous called Charlie Banana. You can buy and see them here. I am also working with an awesome Swedish company now called FabGoose. Stay tuned to my blogs to see what we’re doing.

 

Charlie Banana for the little ladies!

 

Charlie Banana for one and all!

Are there any particular companies or artists you would like to work with?
Of course. I’d love to work with Betsey Johnson, Prada (of course), Agatha Ruiz De La Prada (an awesome kids collection), and Jeremy Scott is also totally fun.

Your art seems to be all over the place, from clothes, to toys all the way to giftwrapping paper. Do you have a favorite item you prefer overall?
To this day, nothing can trump the work I did with Swatch. They were a blast to work with and the artistic freedom they gave me along with the way they embrace artists is truly inspiring to see in the corporate world.

Swatch out!

How has your career affected your lifestyle?
My career has mostly changed my lifestyle in that I work very unconventional hours. I work until 4am most nights. This is because I work with lots of companies in the Asia-Pacific. I prefer this to a nine-five schedule. I get to make my own hours in most cases with that changing only a bit now with an infant in my life.

Do you have any major frustrations in your life?

The paper is a gift all on it's own!

 
A major frustration for me in my work life is really when a client hires me to create work for them and then they really over art direct. They affect the final outcome to the extent that they should have hired themselves. My most successful projects have been those where clients hire me and trust me and use my prints as I created them and how they were originally meant to be used.

What else would you be if you were not a designer?
I’ve always wanted to be a deep sea treasure hunter…haha. Or an archeologist etc. I’m reading Darwin’s Natural Selection and all of this stuff just excites me, just like space exploration.

Bundle of Sharpie joy! (Onsie by Baby Raleur)

Can you tell me who has been a big influence in your life?
My wife. She has taught me to like things I never liked before knowing her. She has made me realize that there is so much to live for in life. I can’t imagine having to live in this world without being able to share it all with someone. I always figured what was the point to living; if no one was there to experience it with you.

 

 

What about an important lesion you have learned within your career?
Never commit to anyone until they sign a contract!! There is a great lecture for all creative to watch, check it out here.

How would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as a fun and witty guy, an entertainer, someone passionate about being creative. I just like to make people happy and smile.

T-t-t-t-t-tEASIN' Me!

What was the last movie, television show or book that made you cry or tear up?
Haha..I’m a sensitive dude. Oprah used to make me cry all the time. And yes, I did watch Oprah and I watch The View. Love me some Joy Behar. I work from home and draw so watching stuff while I do it is great. I cry/tear up a lot…sorry….hard to remember the exact last time. This question is making me cry. KIDDING! Haha…

What was the last experience that made you stronger?
My son’s birth.

Speaking of your son, has he had any influence on your current designs?
Not yet. He is too young. I look forward to him being able to talk or at least kind of talk so I can use his non-sense for ideas.

Ummm.. how cute are THESE!? (shoes available through Neon Eaters)

Matt it has been a pleasure taking the time out to speak with you once again and get to learn a little more about who you are. Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing all your up and coming projects come to life.

To keep updated with his work and projects check out his blog, Matthew Langille, follow him on Twitter @matthewlangille, find him on Facebook  and check out his website.

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TEEN VOGUE “It Girls” Start with Sharpie

Get ready to wage war with the green-eyed-monster (using a green Sharpie, of course).  It’s the Sharpie TEEN VOGUE “It Girls Night In” event!

Our favorite teen fashion-centric magazine chose 10 fashion savvy young women from it’s online “It Girl” panel to host the ultimate girls-night-in for themselves and five of their closest friends.

Sharpie provided the goodies, including a Sharpie product lineup some could only dream of — all so they could show the world what they were starting with Sharpie.

HUGE Thanks to all of our TEEN VOGUE “It Girls” for sharing what they have started with Sharpie… Lia Girdano, Stephanie Maldonado, Maddi Doering, Takiara Bullock, Sarah Hass, Amanda Provost, Cassy Stone, Brigitte Dale, Octavia Childs and Alexis Martin!

For more pictures and more on the “It Girls” and the Night In event, check out the October issue of TEEN VOGUE, on sale September 13th!

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DIY with Domesek: From Pencil Case to Chic Clutch

DIY Queen: Erica Domesek

Sharpie fan and fashion fanatic, Erica Domesek, has made a career of transforming expensive fashion trends into doable DIY projects. She sees it, she likes it, she makes it, is her motto.  

Is it any surprise, then, that Sharpie is one of her favorite DIY staples? Sharpie discovered her three years ago and invited her to join the Sharpie Squad, a group of some of Sharpie’s most passionate fans. 

This year, Erica will be featured in Sharpie’s new print ad campaign, along with the standard-issue pencil case she transformed with Sharpie into a ready-for-recess — or the runway — purse using brand new Stained by Sharpie fabric markers. Stained markers are formulated for use on most fabrics and include a brush tip for expressive strokes. 

Erica's print ad featuring her plain jane pencil case turned chic clutch.

                                       

This bag may look like something off a New York runway but you can make it your own in a few simple steps, with a few simple items and Sharpie, of course!    

1- Draw the outline details 

  

 2- Begin shading in top flap  

  

 3- Continue to fill in, varying the pressure with the markers to create a lighter shades in the bottom corners. 

 

 4- Use a ruler to create a quilted effect.  Outline with black and begin adding studs. 

 

5- Place studs where lines intersect, and add stitching detail with dotted straight lines around the interior border.    

 

6- Mark where the grommets will be inserted.   

  

7- Cut slits for grommets.  

  

 8- Insert grommet top and bottom and align together. 

  

   

9- Hammer grommets together. 

10- Insert chain through all four grommets. 

   

11- Use a safety pin to join ends of chain.    

    

 12-  Add the last touches… a fun tassel on the chain and use Stained markers to create faux hardware that mimics a real clutch.  P.S. Glue a gem to finish it off! 

  

Et Voila! You’re ready for a night out on the town or a day in class; either way you’ll be stylin’ with Stained by Sharpie fabric markers! Check out more amazing D.I.Y. creations from Erica on her blog, P.S. I Made This… , follow her on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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Threadless #WIN

By now, it’s no secret that all of us at Sharpie love the guys from Threadless, but now we’ve got an obsession. Don’t worry, it’s not one of those creepy obsessions like you see in Lifetime movies, we just really like the designs made for the Underscored tees. #WIN!

I give these drawings two thumbs up, a triple high five, and an old fashioned a “Hip Hip Hooray!”

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Threadless Loves Sharpie Winner

There are many things we feel nostalgic toward when thinking of the 1980′s. Some miss the hot pink makeup and intoxicating fumes of Aqua Net, others long for the sweet serenade of a young Lionel Richie. While you could go on waiting for Doc’s time machine to work, there’s no need because Threadless & Sharpie are here to fill that big neon void in your heart.

In February, Threadless and Sharpie held a design contest challenging you to design a t-shirt inspired by Sharpie’s new 80′s Glam Limited Edition colors. After reviewing hundreds of designs, we’ve chosen a winner!

Congratulations to Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira and cheers to his winning design, Nostalgia

Nostaligia by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira

 
“I can’t imagine an image that relates more to the 80′s for me. Who never rewind / fast forward a cassette tape using a pen/pencil to save Walkman’s batteries? Glamorous.” -Ferreira

The Nostalgia tee is available for purchase on Threadless in S, M, L, XL, 2XL for both guys and girls. Get em while they’re hot! 

for the boys

for the gals

Check out Sharpie’s new 80′s Glam colors at Sharpie.com. They will totally rock your world!