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Swedish Singer Signs with Sharpie

dsc_2570I’m all about supporting new talent, so thought I’d introduce you to Beatrice, a well-known artist on the Scandinavian music scene who is starting to make her way on the American music front.   And like every major music artist on the planet, Beatrice uses Sharpie markers to sign autographs for her growing legions of fans.

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Beatrice’s music offers a unique blend of folk, rock, country, and Scandinavian influence. She has studied at the Stockholm Music Conservatory and for many years worked as a demo and back-up singer with some of Sweden’s top-ranking artists, including Carola, Tommy Nilsson, Bosson and Olsen Brothers. Since then Beatrice has expanded her career across the Atlantic.

Check out her sound here.  And when she hits the charts, remember you saw her here first!

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A Beautiful Combination – Sharpie and Book Artist John Clark

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You can read John like a book

I am absolutely enamored with the work of John Clark (see and buy John’s work on Etsy). I’m way oversimpliying when I call what John creates ”book art,” but what he does is take vintage books and overlays portraits on the text. The result is a one-of-a-kind “story” – a portrait with a literary history, a story within a story. His work feels Old World and modern at the same time. I am completely in love (with his work, duh).

The nice thing is you can also read John like a book in the interview below…

How did you get started as a portrait artist?

I’ve drawn pretty obsessively since I can remember. I enjoy drawing faces more than anything, and people like seeing themselves. It’s a good fit.

Tell us a little about your genre. Are there lots of artists who do what you do? What makes your work stand out from the rest?

I draw film noir inspired Sharpie portraits on vintage book pages. I leave a bit of text floating in the background to add the hint of a story to the piece. I haven’t seen anyone else do what I do, and I’m very happy about that.

How would you describe your style?

Simple, bold, clean and dramatic. As I’ve gotten better with the Sharpies, I’ve been able to keep the lines progressively more crisp, and sometimes people mistake my work for altered photographs or photoshop trickery, which is awesome. It’s all hand drawn though, just me and my markers.

How did you come to use Sharpie markers in your work?

It started as a shortcut. I was planning on doing these pieces in just pen and ink and simply planned on getting the style down with Sharpie before I moved to the India Ink. I tried the ink and it just didn’t sit well on the old book page, it looked glossy and didn’t soak in evenly. The pieces I had completed in practice with Sharpie looked great though. The ink soaked in to the page and didn’t bleed as much as I thought it would. I started using a drafting pen around the edges to contain the bleed and get sharp angles and lines. Now that the Sharpie pens are available, I’m proud to say the pieces are now completely drawn with Sharpies.

What about Sharpie markers makes them your medium of choice? Is it the variety of tip sizes, colors, other? Please describe how you use Sharpie as an art tool.

I like the way the ink soaks into the page and the variety of tip sizes. I actually start with the big black areas of the page filling in with the Chisel Tips. As I get to the edges I fill in as much as I can with the classic Fine Point sharpies and finish it off sometimes with the ultra fine point, but usually straight to the Sharpie Pen.

Tell us about some of your own favorite work. What seems to get the most attention or is most coveted by others? Why do you think people are drawn to your work?

Folks usually want custom pieces done of themselves more than anything. I have a ton of fun with it and always consider it quite flattering. I think people like the mystery of the bits of text and the overall class of the work. Above all I’m striving to make something that would look pretty hanging on your wall and I think people appreciate that.

Can you describe the process you go through to create your work? How many hours does it take? Is it a free-hand approach or do you create a template in advance?

It’s pretty simple. I just draw the portrait out with Sharpies after a quick, very light, pencil sketch. It varies wildly in the time it takes. Sometimes start to finish I’m done in an hour, sometimes it takes me four or five hours to get a piece looking like I saw it in my head.

What are your inspirations?

The imagery of film noir, the language of old mystery novels, the work of many, many comic book and graffiti artists and the artists of classic pulp novel covers.

What statement are you trying to make, if any? What do you want people take from your art?

I don’t have a particular statement. I’m just trying to make aesthetically pleasing work with a bit of a story and a lot of mystery. I want people to look at my pieces and decide what must have just happened or what the subject is going to do next.

Sharpie’s tagline is “Write Out Loud!” Does this apply to your work and if so, how?

My work is simple and bold, and does have writing in it, so sure.

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Happy Earth Day from Sharpie!

NANCY AND SLUGGO FROM THE SYNDICATED COMIC “NANCY”  CELEBRATE EARTH DAY SHARPIE STYLE

Just for fun, here’s some history on Nancy, from Wikipedia:

Nancy is an American daily and Sunday comic strip originally written and drawn by Ernie Bushmiller.

The character of Nancy, a precocious little girl (eight years old, according to an October 2005 strip), first appeared in the strip Fritzi Ritz about the airheaded flapper title character. After Larry Whittington began Fritzi Ritz in 1922, it was taken over by Bushmiller three years later. In 1933, Bushmiller introduced Fritzi’s niece, Nancy.  Soon she dominated the strip, retitled Nancy in 1938. Fritzi Ritz continued as a Sunday feature into the 1960s. At its peak in the 1970s, Nancy ran in more than 880 newspapers.

Nancy is a titular and wily young lady who is constantly in the state of a daydream or confused plot. Sluggo Smith is Nancy’s best friend. Sluggo is Nancy’s age and is a poor ragamuffin-type from the wrong side of the tracks. There are strips that appear to place Sluggo as Nancy’s boyfriend. He is portrayed as lazy, and his favorite pastime seems to be napping.

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Teen Jeans

Sharpies and teenagers. A match made in heaven.  Ask any teenager and they’ll tell you straight out how much they love Sharpies.  It’s like they actually invented the things!  That’s ok.  They can take all the credit.  After all, teens have provided plenty of inspiration for the Sharpie brand team over the years, and have shown all of us over here at the marker factory just what a Sharpie can do.  There’s just something about a free-spirited teen living the life that lends itself to wild and crazy Sharpie experiments.

Speaking of….Judy and Caitlin Hudgins of Apex, North Carolina were enjoying a leisurely sick day at home recently and decided to send me some photos of Caitlin’s Sharpie experiment.  Have a look:  

15-year old Caitlin and her Teen Jeans

That little blue bag she's holding? Her Sharpie Stash.

These are just so the thing.  Forget Facebook and MySpace.  Who needs all that technology when you can express yourself right on your own personal billboard, your jeans.  Say it loud, say it proud with Sharpie!  Bonus points:  What a great way to pass the time in study hall (after all the studying is done, of course).

Here’s Caitlin telling us all about it:  Mom Judy chimes in at the end…

How old are the jeans?

They are not even a year old yet.

When did you start doodling with Sharpies on them?

This is like my 10th pair of pants. The others are not so fortunate, but they stay clean maybe for a week then I go to town.

What are some of the statements you make with Sharpies on the jeans?

I’ll draw cartoon characters, just random sayings like “United States Marine Corps,” “Death over Dishonor,” anything I want goes on there.

Are you using your jeans as sort of a personal billboard? What’s your overall message, if any?

I guess I am in a way, but it’s not really a message. It’s more of showing people who I am. It’s a way of expressing myself.

Have you washed the jeans? How are they faring? Do you have other pairs?

I have washed them alot. Aside from the already huge holes in one pair, the art fades away a little, but that makes me only want to add more.

Do other people sign them, sort of like a cast?

Everytime I make a new pair of jeans my friends sign them from Day One till the end.  I’ll call it a cast of friendship.

Do you think this is a hot new trend?

I do think it is. Others may not, but they just don’t know it yet. So maybe 5, 10 years down the road it will be the hottest thing, they will look back to high school and say “that girl started all of this. Maybe she wasn’t weird at all for writing on her pants after all.”

What would one need if one was to embark on a Sharpie jean frenzy like you have?

An imagination and of course Sharpies.  Don’t try and sit down and expect you can cover a pair in 5 minutes. They take time, patience and it’s a lot of fun.

Will you save these forever and ever, sort of like a baby blanket? Do you think you’ll frame them one day?

Honestly, the pair with the holes I know will not last, but I can try. In a way they always have been my baby blanket. I could try to frame them, but (in the future) my kids and husband may really think I’m crazy then. But can’t blame a girl for trying.

And now a word from Judy, Caitlin’s mother:

“From a mother’s point of view, I just about died the first time I saw the $40 pair of jeans done up like this. Since then, the understanding is all the jeans she gets from Goodwill (which is most of them) she is free to draw on. And the Sharpies really, really last in the wash. They have faded very little.  I am working on a blue jean ‘apron’ for gardening for my mother and am decorating it with Sharpie’s.”  (See, even moms love Sharpies!)

Caitlin, covering all the angles:

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Meet Mark Rivard, Skateboard Artist

This is Mark Rivard and those are his skateboards…

Mark Rivard, Skateboard Artist. Love the juxtaposition of skateboard art against crushed velvet gold couch. Genius.

A native of Breckenridge, Colorado, Rivard's art reflects his surroundings.

Let’s begin with a little education for all you non-skateboarders out there. Skateboarding is the act of riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. A person who skateboards is most often referred to as a skateboarder, or just skater.  Skateboarding can be a recreational activity, an artform, a job, or a method of transportation (so says Wikipedia). A report by American Sports Data found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in the world — 85 percent under the age of 18, and 74 percent male. 

 

Alright.  So now you know.   But as the always curious Sharpie blog readers that you are, let’s take a look at the art side of this skateboarding thing, specifically at one of the artists out there creating skateboard art like the world was going to end tomorrow.    

 

Meet Mark Rivard, a talented skateboard artist and one we love times inifinity because he has figured out how to manipulate Sharpie markers like a paintbrush to create some amazing skateboard art, complete with the kind of nuanced brush strokes and shading that makes a Sharpie blog editor proud.  He describes his foray into the business side of skateboard art as a “life-size game of poker” – he wants to serve as proof that people can make their craft their career.    

 

“The actual process of putting Sharpie ink down on skateboard with the intention of creating art changed my life forever,” says Mark.  And I love this: “Moral of the story is follow your path, the one that’s going to make you happy. Risk is fun…” Yes!  See Mark’s passion come to life in the images below, and read about how he discovered skateboard art and made it his life’s work.  

 

How did you get started as a skateboard artist?  

 

My path into the art world was formed at a very young age.  I remember being a third grader setting up an isle on my deck in Minnesota painting pictures in celebration of Van Gogh’s birthday.  Ironically it was a drawing course my senior year of high school that almost kept me from graduating.  With a bad taste in my mouth for art education I skipped art school altogether and moved to Colorado to pursue a career in the ski world and basically lost touch with art.  During this time I found skateboarding.  Skateboarding changed who I was; I learned a more mature sense of aesthetic value from skateboarding.  It was February of 2004 when art struck back and came into my life in a dramatic fashion.  I was back home in Minnesota following a knee surgery and picked up my first skateboard.  I painted it black and white and started sketching for the first time in years.  What followed was a burst of creative energy I had never experienced, within the first five months between picking up a pen and my first show I drew 15 skateboards.  In June 2004 I had a show with some friends at a night club in Minneapolis and from there art was a part of life in major way.  

 

Life isn't always rosey when trying to make a living as a skateboard artist, but Mark Rivard follows his passion.

Tell us a little about your genre.  Are there lots of artists who do what you do?  Where are they concentrated?  What makes your work stand out from the rest?  

 

I guess I would be considered a skateboard artist.  It’s certainly not all I’m into but my skateboard illustrating is definitely the cornerstone of what I do.  It’s interesting how many people are doing skateboards, when I started I didn’t have a computer or any clue about what was going on in the art world, but as time went on and I began to investigate the internet I learned that skateboards are a very popular canvas.  I think it’s a pretty obvious canvas choice for a lot of skaters.  Skate graphics have an incredibly rich history.  Now through outlets like MySpace I’ve learned of hundreds of skateboard artist located all over the world.  Skateboarders and people in this particular corner of the art world know that there is really nothing too unique about using skateboards as canvas’, but in retrospect that community of artist is tiny so when I put up my boards on wall covered in art they tend to pop.  I feel like skateboards allow an artist a true freedom of all the rules spoken or unspoken in the art world.  That’s why people skate; it is an activity and lifestyle that has no rules.  When you go to an art opening at a upscale gallery for contemporary art it can be a lot like a funeral, quite and dark clothed people discussing politely the art, but when you come to an opening of an artist that is skate oriented you’ll find a DJ and most likely several kegs.  My opening for a show in Belgium ended up in a game of SKATE (like the HORSE version of basketball for skateboarding) in the rain on the street in front of the show.  That’s what makes this kind of art stand out, what makes my particular art stand out I’m not sure.  Very traditional artist has told me that it has a fresh feel, like any schooling hasn’t tainted it. 

 

How would you describe your style?  

 

Detailed Scribbling.  Fast.  Unforgiving.  A clean mess.  Abstract realism.  I never sketch anything out ahead of time; it’s Sharpie straight to the board.  When I’m doing a skyline or something that needs accuracy line for line it’s a stressful style.  There is no planning, no grids, just do or die style.  That’s probably why I’ve drawn six skateboards with the Minneapolis skyline; it’s taken me six attempts to get it right.  The cool thing is in the process of getting it right I created five other pieces of art that all were worthy works.  I would sum up my style as improv unrehearsed art. 

 

 

How did you come to use Sharpie markers in your work?    

 

I started my first board with ball point pens and that wasn’t working then I think I used some other type of marker that would smear, then I found and Ultra Fine Black Sharpie and it was the only thing that would not smear and stuck to the boards.  Eventually I started to figure out that my Sharpies could be manipulated like a paintbrush.  They could shade and created different consistencies in lines.  Sharpies have become the only pens that I can use on anything, they draw on canvas, and wood, paint, plastic, glass, and you name it you can draw on it with a Sharpie. 

 

 

What about Sharpie markers makes them your medium of choice?  Is it the variety of tip sizes, colors, other?  Please describe how you use Sharpie as an art tool.  

Sharpies have become my medium of choice because of consistency.  They write on anything.  I have learned to use my Sharpies like paintbrushes; they can change their ink distribution over time with use.  I still have that first Sharpie pen I ever drew with.  The tip is basically gone but I still use it to shade.  Sharpie tips can be used as a tool long after the ink has run dry.  I never throw a pen away; sometimes I’ll ever burn the tip a bit to reduce the ink flow for a dryer more of a grayish look out of a black pen.  The other unique thing I’ve discovered with Sharpies is the only thing that can lift the ink once it’s been laid is another Sharpie.  You can actually move the ink around with different pens as you draw, for instance if you were to open a fresh Sharpie and start to draw but wanted a little less ink and a lighter look you can take an older Sharpie or a burnt tip Sharpie and move that ink around even after it has dried.  This creates a lighter look and enables black and white shadowing with only a black Sharpie! 

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Tell us about some of your own favorite work.  What seems to get the most attention or is most coveted by others?  Why do you think people are drawn to your work?
My favorite pieces change all the time.  I have gained the most accolades from my Skyline pieces; those seem to be real attention grabbers.  Location based pieces always sit well with the audience because they are directly relatable.  It’s funny because even doing a show in Seattle some of my work that was best received was my Minneapolis skylines which really didn’t even belong in that show and I almost left those boards at home.  What that tells me is that people are attracted to my architecture sketches because of the style they are drawn not necessarily because of what is drawn.  I think people are into my work because it crosses a lot of boundaries, it’s not the same sketch done thirty different ways.  My work crosses into all types of thought provoking subjects, one thing I’ve began to do in order to better explain what I’m doing is write explanations or stories that go along with each piece.  I once had a person tell me at a show that they loved how I was able “connect the industrial with the natural”, after hearing this I thought I’ve got to do something to explain my art because that was not what I was going for.  Now when I display art I have begun to show it with handwritten descriptions and those descriptions have become some of my favorite work, I love to write.  I take old skateboards break them in half, paint them white and handwrite the literature that goes with each piece.  I’m trying to create a font that is unique to my work and will often write it out once and then rewrite the whole narrative again and again overlapping the first giving the written descriptions an aesthetic all their own and this added a huge amount of depth to the shows. 
 
Can you describe the process you go through to create your work?  How many hours does it take?  Is it a free-hand approach or do you create a template in advance?    
I never really preplan anything, I’ll have an idea of what the end result will be but I never make practice sketches or templates.  My abstract stuff is totally random; no idea when I start what the end result will be and it almost always changes throughout the drawing.  With my skylines I just pick a centrally located building and make one line that is prominent and then base the rest of the city off of that line.  I’ve done some boards that have only taken a couple of hours and others that have lasted for years.  I think the board that took the longest was my Breckenridge panoramic mountain view, that board took around two years and actual drawing time over 30 hours of pen connecting with the board.  If it’s a piece that requires a lot of attention like a skyline it can take a long time to finish. 

What are your inspirations?


Inspiration comes in an endless amount of formats. I am always inspired with travel and new places. Europe makes me want to create and create and create. Something about being there and just the little things about the lifestyle over there makes me want to write and draw. I think I could live in Europe without a TV. The simple process of creating art and seeing what kinds of opportunities are presenting themselves in my life because of art inspires me. I know that this doesn’t sit well with a lot of people but I love the business side of this crazy idea of having a career in art, I love it, it’s life size game of poker. I love to think that I am doing something so many people told me wasn’t going to work because of lack of an education or experience. Having something to prove has always been the biggest source of inspiration for me. I’ve found no matter what you do or what your path someone out there is always going to drop marbles on your sidewalk. Critics are inspiration.

 

What statement are you trying to make, if any?  What do you want people take from your art? 

I don’t know if I’m really trying to make any sort of statement but I do want to send a message.  I want my art to serve as proof that people can make their craft their career, that the path that seems the most logical doesn’t always make it the right path.  I once had a great upper level job at what was then the fifth largest snowboard company in the world.  I had a job that where I’m from would have been considered a dream job by most of my peers.  Benefits, great office, salary, I loved the industry but I left that job to wait tables for $2.13 an hour and have more time to get back to focusing on my art.  It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  Moral of the story is follow your path, the one that’s going to make you happy.  Risk is fun…

 

 

Sharpie’s tagline is “Write Out Loud!”  Does this apply to your work and if so, how?

Absolutely!  That actual process of putting Sharpie ink down on skateboard with the intention of creating art changed my life forever.  All the work I’ve done with Sharpies is prime example of “Write Out Loud!” it’s what I do!  

 

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Meet Billy The Artist

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Billy the Artist.  It doesn’t get any simpler than that.  His name is Billy.  He’s an artist.  But as simple as the name sounds, the work is anything but.   It’s in your face.  It knocks you back.  It’s a kaleidescope of color and puzzle-like images that celebrate the human spirit.   And Billy creates a lot of it using Sharpie markers.

“Create your own reality” is Billy’s mantra.  Billy captures the energy and power of the city around him, creating what he calls “Urban Primitive” art.  He has been embraced by both the fine and commercial art worlds, with openings at such prestigious venues as the Forbes Gallery in New York, Casa Decor Miami, Art Basel Miami, openings in Chelsea, Chicago, Cleveland, Austin, Orlando, and internationally at The Carib Fine Art Gallery on the island of Curacao. His commercial clients include designs for MTV, Suzuki and Hyundai,.  He’s been featured at (don’t hold your breath here – the list is a long one) The NY International Auto Show, LA & Chicago Auto Shows, Microsoft, The New Now Next Awards, Chock Full o Nuts Coffee, The New York Mets, The Sony Music and Film Studios, Woodstock 99, Delaguarda, The Rio Casino in Las Vegas, murals for The Broadway and London productions of RENT, Ducati Motorcycles and a special limited edition bottle design for Mountain Dew.

Billy’s Public Art projects have been sponsored by (exhale here) such clients as Entertainment Weekly, The American Kennel Club, Imodium, The Shubert Organization, Epic Records, Starbucks, Spike Lee/Pizza Hut, BR Guest Restaurants, Bike Nashbar, and Columbia Pictures. Billy has been featured internationally in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, New York Post, Juxtapose Magazine, and appearances on Fox and Friends, MTV, VH-1, CNN, Discovery, Japan TV, and 60 Minutes to name a few.

He’s has also done artwork for several philanthropic organizations such as The Fresh Air Fund, Covenant House, The Harvey Milk High School, JCC of Manhattan, and his work has been auctioned at Sothebys and Christies.

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It’s amazing to see what Sharpie can create in the hands of a master.  Read on to learn (and see) more about Billy and his work:

How did you get started as an artist?

I started painting and selling my work on the streets and in clubs in NYC. It was when I was hired to paint 60 feet of black and white murals for the Broadway production of RENT that my life completely changed and catapulted my career to galleries, public art projects, and commercial gigs around the world.

Tell us a little about your genre. Are there lots of artists who do what you do? Where are they concentrated? What makes your work stand out from the rest?

I call my work “Urban Primitive Pop”—people say if Keith Haring, Picasso, and Peter Max got together and had some drinks, you would have my style. I’m self-taught and believe my work stands out because it represents who I am and how I look at life. My work is colorful and black and white. It may look complicated, but is simple. It is positive and energetic. It makes people happy.

How would you describe your style?

As I said, I call my work “Urban Primitive Pop,” a kaleidoscope of puzzle-like images that get in your face and celebrate the diversity of the human spirit.

Billy's work for the "New Now Next" Awards at MTV Studios

How did you come to use Sharpie markers in your work?

I’ve had various sketchbooks for the last 25 years and used Sharpies to create a diary of my life through drawings.

What about Sharpie markers makes them your medium of choice?  Is it the variety of tip sizes, colors, other?  Please describe how you use Sharpie as an art tool.

I love the variety of tip sizes—I use primarily black Sharpies – my work is either in black and white or the color is always black outlined. In doing projects on the computer I first sketch out the designs with Sharpie, take a digital photo of it, put it in the computer, and then use the computer to fill in the color. All my design concepts always begin with a black Sharpie.

Tell us about some of your own favorite work.  What seems to get the most attention or is most coveted by others? Why do you think people are drawn to your work?

I’ve enjoyed working on some of my custom car designs for Hyundai and Suzuki–both those projects, which were for the International Auto Shows, were sketched out, freehand, on the cars with black Sharpie—no mistakes could be made–I liked that challenge and they turned out awesome. The custom design for Mountain Dew also got a lot of attention and was real exciting to do. I think people are drawn to my work because of the energy it gives. They are vibrant, they usually tell a story and they tend to make people happy. I like that.

Can you describe the process you go through to create your work?  How many hours does it take?  Is it a free-hand approach or do you create a template in advance?

In my color paintings and designs I sketch out the design free hand with Sharpie and then add the color and then go back and outline the painting in black paint. The black and white paintings are done freehand with black paint. My initial design work is always sketched out with black Sharpie—I tend to design and paint fast–it just flows and I like to work straight through with no breaks-it makes the finish more rewarding.

What inspires you?

My inspirations come from people, music, and the vibe and feel of New York City.

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What statement are you trying to make, if any?  What do you want people take from your art?

I want my work to make people happy and not take life too seriously. Life is too short to be unhappy. Live life for today and have fun. I have two big philosophies — Create Your Own Reality and No Plan B.

Sharpie’s tagline is “Write Out Loud!”  Does this apply to your work and if so, how?

Yes, this does apply to my work—I’m all about getting my work out to more and more people. Be bold and not afraid to share your vision and who you are with more people. “Write Out Loud” means to me that you don’t have to shout out loud for people to be inspired, sometimes inspiration can come from a sketch or a design and that can be more powerful than anything. “Write Out Loud” your vision and you can change people’s lives or simply make them smile and be happy.

See and learn more about Billy the Artist here.

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Autographed Violins Make Sweet Music for Charity

 

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This is really quite amazing (notice my use of the word “quite.” Raise your pinky.  It’s tea time ; ) That Sharpie should be in the same company with some of the world’s most pretigious individuals in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology, Medicine, Literature and Peace.   I’m talking about Nobel Laureates -people nominated to receive Nobel Prizes.  Sharpie is a small player in a unique event that involves a number of Nobel Laureates helping to raise money for medical causes — everything from homelessness to AIDS to diabetes. The initiative involves violins and some of the smartest people ever to grace the planet..oh, and  Sharpie.

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Dr. Harold Varmus, Medicine 1989

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra (Brookline, Mass.) has created something called Visual Violins.   Visual Violins is a program where national and international artists design unvarnished violins to raise money for charity.   There is, however, one very special violin that is autographed by Nobel Laureates using Sharpie markers (that’s where we come in) and then auctioned at the Symphony’s annual Gala.

Proceeds from the auction support Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s Healing Art of Music Program.  LSO has recently launched LSO Musicians on Call, a program that brings musicians directly into health care facilities and assisted living residences to share music directly with patients.

Amazingly, the Symphony has traveled a single violin around the world to be autographed by past and current Nobel Laureates.  The gala and auction will be held March 24.

Take a look as some of the brightest minds lend their Sharpie autographs to this worthy cause:

Dr. David Baltimore,     with Heidi Greulich

Dr. David Baltimore, Medicine 1985, with Heidi Greulich

Dr. Edmund Phelps, Economics 2006

Dr. Lisa Wong, President of Longwood Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Allen Counter, President of the Harvard Foundation and Consul General to Sweden, Boston

Prof. Daniel Tsui, Physics 1998

Dr. Eric Kandel, Medicine

Dr. Eric Kandel, Medicine 2000

Tonegawa Susumu and Lisa Wong

Dr. Tonegawa Susumu, Physiology/Medicine 1987, and Dr. Lisa Wong

Below is a list of all of the Nobel Laureates who will have contributed their signatures:

Secretary of Energy Dr. Steve Chu, Physics 1997, with Jack Dennerlein, Associate Professor of Ergonomics and Safety - Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

Below is a list of all of the Nobel Laureates who will have contributed their signatures:

Prof. Sidney Altman, Chemistry 1989
Dr. David Baltimore, Medicine 1975
Prof. Günter Blobel, Medicine 1999
Dr. Eric Kandel, Medicine 2000
Dr. William Lipscomb, Chemistry 1976
Dr. Bernard Lown, Peace 1985 (IPPNW)
Dr. Eric Maskin, Economics 2007
Dr. Craig Mello, Physics 2006
Dr. John Nash, Economics 1994
Dr. Edmund Phelps, Economics 2006
Dr. Robert Richardson, Physics 1996
Dr. Phillip Sharp, Medicine 1993
Prof. Daniel Tsui, Physics 1998
Dr. Harold Varmus, Medicine 1989
Prof. James Watson, Medicine 1962
Prof. Frank Wilczek, Physics 2004
Dr. Robert Wilson, Physics 1978

For more information on the Gala, contact Tammy Avery Gibson, 774-240-8060.

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Prez pockets his own Sharpie

It’s a cool thing when the leader of the free world reaches into his pocket and pulls out his very own Sharpie. That’s exactly what happened after President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address last week. As he made his way into the moshpit of politicians, it was all he could do to keep up with the autograph requests. When asked if he wanted to borrow a Sharpie, he replied, “No thanks, I’ve got my own.”

Reminds me of the time football’s Terrell Owens pulled a Sharpie out of his sock during a touchdown celebration.  One (or two) key differences to note: There was no Twitter then, so I wasn’t up until midnight responding to all the Tweets asking me “did you see, did you see?!!”…and it wasn’t the President of the United States!!

Finally, thought you’d enjoy this other Sharpie-inspired Obama sighting: 

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Sharpie goes Hollywood with its new stainless steel marker

It was a busy few days for Sharpie in sunny Los Angeles, California last week where the new stainless steel Sharpie made its official debut.  Sharpie cozied up with the celebrity set who use Sharpies to sign all those autographs.  In fact, in the celebrity world, you haven’t made it until you can’t leave home without a Sharpie in your pocket.   SS Sharpie (as we have affectionately come to call it) was right at home in the swanky digs of one of the super posh celebrity gifting suites that take place during the week leading up to the Oscars.  

The celebs came out in droves to ogle the new Sharpie.   SS Sharpie was the belle of the ball, despite the $30,000 watches and fancy-pants jewelry and serious hi-tech gadgets available for the taking.

I know it’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it… Meredith, Niky and I (you can see us slaving away in the photo ahead) humbly offered our services to (wo)man the gifting suite and make nice with the celebs.  We earned our stripes - stripes meaning a few blisters and sore throats as we talked up the new stainless steel Sharpie with its refillable cartridge, etched logo on the barrel and super cool “markerability.”  The great thing about Sharpie is you never have to explain yourself – everybody knows Sharpie.  And celebs are not immune to Sharpie’s charms – they collect and covet them just like the rest of us crazy Sharpie fanatics.

Anyway, here’s a sneak peak of some of the action — just a few of the celebs that stopped by to check out the new stainless steel Sharpie.  We’ll have more pics once the big media giants (currently reviewing them for publication) release them back into our custody.

Enjoy!   

Who's prettier? Stainless steel Sharpie or Jordana Brewster from "The Fast & The Furious" and "The Faculty?" Can we call it a tie??!?!

Kung Fu Panda co-director Mark Osborne said (and I have it on tape), "Pandas Love Sharpie"

 

I heart iCarly! (Jennette McCurdy)

 
Where are Paris and Nicky?  Kathy Hilton buys all their Sharpies - Paris loves pink (duh)!

Where are Paris and Nicky? Kathy Hilton buys all their Sharpies - Paris loves pink (duh)!

Nick Lachey has nothing on 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons

Some people get better with age - I'll take Jeff's autograph anyday!

Some people get better with age - I'll take Jeff's autograph anyday!

Alexa Dziena, "Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist," "Fools Gold"

Alexa Dziena, Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist, Fool's Gold, Sharpie Lover

 

Lovely Leeza Gibbons. She makes Sharpie sparkle!

 
Hector Elizondo from Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries.  He's has that same regalness about him in person

Hector Elizondo from Pretty Woman and Princess Diaries. He's as regal in person as he is one screen.

Brandon Molale from Dodgeball couldn't dodge our autograph wall

Brandon Molale from Dodgeball couldn't dodge our autograph wall

Colton Haynes (and friend) from Priveleged.  Yes we are.

Colton Haynes (and friend) from Privileged. Yes we are.

Sean Faris, Yours, Mine and Ours, Pearl Harbor, does an over-the-shoulder Sharpie signing

Sean Faris, Yours, Mine and Ours, Pearl Harbor, does an over-the-shoulder Sharpie signing

What Oscar worthy event would be complete without a visit from the U.S. Water Polo Olympic team?!?!?  Everybody signs with Sharpie!

What Oscar worthy event would be complete without a visit from the U.S. Water Polo Olympic team?!?!? Everybody signs with Sharpie!

Sharpie girls Niky, Meredith and Susan
Sharpie girls Niky, Meredith and Susan. Can you say Sharpie-stainless-steel-refillable-cartridge-etched-logo-on-barrel 200 times fast? We can!

 

THE REAL STAR OF THE SHOW – THE NEW SHARPIE STAINLESS STEEL. 
VISIT SHARPIE.COM TO GET A GOOD LOOK!

 
 
 

 

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