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YOUR SHARPIE ART ON MTV?!?!

WELCOME TO YOUR AUDITION.  HAVE A SEAT. 

 

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JUST A FEW QUESTIONS BEFORE WE GET STARTED: 

Are you a Sharpie doodler who turns out cool Sharpie designs, like on your shoes or jeans or backpack ? Or maybe on less obvious things like your mom’s styrofoam wig holder?

Whenever you pick up a Sharpie marker, are you insanely driven to write, draw or doodle on something, anything, NOW?

Insane doodler

Are you a serious artist who makes blow-your-hair-back art using Sharpie products?

Coffee cup artist Cheeming Boey, a Sharpie partner in inspiring others to start something.

Do you just want to be famous and are willing to pick up a Sharpie product to get noticed?

Being famous to be famous is so not the point. Earn your fame by creating something cool with Sharpie.

OK, THANKS.  NOW LET’S GET STARTED.

THE “START WITH SHARPIE” CHALLENGE GIVES OUR

AMAZING FANS A START AND A STAGE IN OUR FIRST-EVER MUSIC VIDEO

PREMIERING DURING THE MTV VMAs!!

So that’s the headline but more importantly, here’s how your Sharpie art can make its way into Sharpie’s music video:

  1. Make something fantastical with Sharpie!
  2. Take a picture and upload it to our gallery by August 6.
  3. Then on September 6, watch the VMAs and look for our commercial, a 60-second music video-style TV ad made up of fan art from the Challenge submissions to the Sharpie gallery - maybe even yours!
  4. Bust a move!  So you’re sitting on the couch Tweeting your friends about Kanye and Kim at the VMAs when all of the sudden you see YOUR Sharpie art on TV!  You immediately spill your Chili Cheese Fritos and text your mom (who’s in the kitchen refilling your Camelback with kool-aid).  Done.  You’re famous!
  5. What now?!?!?!   Head over to Sharpie’s Facebook page and watch it again…and again…and again.  Share it everywhere and with everyone. Tweet us @Sharpie –more surprises happening that day on Twitter, so be sure to follow.

AND FOR THE RECORD (because everyone will ask) the band making its debut in the Sharpie VMA video is none other than California Wives performing their just released soon-to-be-hit single “Purple” (like as in PURPLE SHARPIE but really not so much about PURPLE SHARPIE).

The boys of California Wives!

Band members Joe O’Connor (drums), Jayson Kramer (vocals, guitar, keys), Dan Zima (vocals, guitar, bass) and Graham Masell (guitar, vocals) are getting their start with Sharpie, too, by appearing in our TV ad, so visit them on Facebook.  Here’s what they had to say about starring in our campaign:

“As we get ready to release our first album, we are really excited to be working with Sharpie,” said California Wives’ singer and guitarist Jayson Kramer. “Looking through all of the user-submitted art, we could tell that sharing ideas and promoting creativity is something that Sharpie is really passionate about. As a band, it’s easy for us to stand behind that. We are excited to provide our music as the backdrop for that type of creative environment.”

Ok, so what if WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH I DIDN’T SEE MY SHARPIE ART IN THE VIDEO?

Immediately following the video debut, fans will be able to create their own custom version on Sharpie’s Facebook page, adding their Sharpie artwork to create their own personalized music video.  This is a first.  You won’t want to miss this because how often to you get to make your own music video featuring your own Sharpie art?  Like, never!

Get Inspired! 

Our goal is to make everything we do about our fans, so we’re shining our spotlight on a couple of our most prolific and talented Sharpie creators, starting with dumpster-diver-glass-artist Emmy Star Brown and her amazing window creations.  Emmy is helping us introduce our new Gold and Bronze Metallic markers in our new TV ads. Gold and Bronze colors are joining the Silver Metallic marker in our shiny Sharpie lineup.  More heavy on the metals below…Check out her work:

Our very own gold star, Emmy Star Brown, Sharpie 2012 Advocate!

Sassy in silver

Sharpie brings home the Gold!

Sharpie Bronze, Baby!

And soon enough, you’ll be tracking Enrico Miguel Thomas, subway map artist also appearing in our TV ads.  He creates amazing subway art using our new Sharpie Brush Tip markers…stay tuned!

NEW PRODUCTS FROM SHARPIE – BRING IT!

Sharpie fans, get ready to SCORE with these new Sharpie products, hitting store shelves just as you’re heading out to stock up on school supplies (remember, while school can sometimes be a drag, school supplies are almost always FUN!).

Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers:Joining the Sharpie Silver Metallic marker are new Gold and Bronze colors!  These are AMAZING and so fun to create with.  Their brilliant sheen sparkles on both light and dark surfaces.  Shine on!  And just in time for all that sports stuff happening in London this summer ; ) : )Now that’s some heavy metal!

Sharpie Brush Tip Permanent Markers: These are the first Sharpie markers to feature a flexible brush tip so you can create fine lines, bold strokes and shading all with one marker.  These let you control the width of your lines—thick or thin—with the pressure of your hand. Perfect for shading and contouring. Available in a rainbow of bright colors.Sharpie Brush Tip Markers – so smooooooooooth!

Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page and on Sharpie.com for all the latest from Sharpie…what are you gonna start?

 

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Sharpie Star, Emmy Star Brown

It’s that time of year again! Sharpie is excited to announce the bright new faces appearing in its 2012 advertising campaign! You may remember last year’s “Start With Sharpie” ads that featured some of our most passionate fans.  We were so inspired by what fans just like YOU are creating with Sharpie that we HAD to showcase a new round of amazing talent in 2012!

Allow me to introduce you to Sharpie’s newest rising star, and one of the stars for our 2012 ad campaign, Emmy Star Brown! (Yes, I am having a touch too much fun with her name; I mean, who wouldn’t?! It’s AWESOME!) 

Our very own gold star, Emmy Star Brown, Sharpie 2012 Advocate!

Emmy is a Chicago graphic designer and artist who got her start by creating eco-friendly, freehand expressive artwork on salvaged glassware and glass windows. And this cute-as-a-button creator is pretty rough and tumble when it comes to her craft– from dumpster diving to garage sales– she digs in, taking other people’s discarded treasures and giving them new life with our new Metallic markers (NEW Gold and Bronze colors joining Silver)!

Tell me about yourself! Where are you from? Interests? Likes? Dislikes? Pet Peeves? Give us the good stuff!

I grew up right outside of Chicago, in the suburb of Glen Ellyn. I think describing a bit of my childhood may explain where my artistic roots came from.

 As a kid, both of my parents were teachers. Mom taught elementary school, Dad was a middle-school art teacher. With his summers off, Dad would pull me around in a little red wagon through the flea markets. As an art guy himself, he would go seeking old books, tools, and things for his classroom. This really opened my eyes to the world of finding, salvaging and reusing early-on, which has stuck with me my whole life.

 

Likes: Design-wise, I have always loved mobiles, typography, modern/minimalist work. Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg and Alexander Calder are my heroes.

I’m also a huge dog lover. I have a 14-month Welsh Corgi named Mickey. He looks like a little bear. He’s good company at the studio too.

As you can probably guess, I love salvaged furniture too. I’ll often stumble upon old wooden coffee tables, chairs and/or shelving in our alley, most of which I somehow make room for. I have had pretty good luck lately. My most recent find was a pair of really nice mid-century mirrors.

What inspires you to uncap what’s inside?

Most of my inspiration for my current work comes from my background in graphic design, specifically typography. I have always had some attraction to letter forms and script fonts. I just love their movement, line weight and sharpness. I also feel incredibly inspired by my friends! My closest circle of friends all work as independent creatives as well, which I feel allows for us all to feed ideas off of each other. This group includes an animator, jeweler, craftsmen, seamstress & illustrator.

How do you use Sharpie markers in your work?

All of my work began with ink drawings! If you were to flash back to three years ago, you would find me sitting in a corporate office, filling sketchbooks and scrap paper with doodles in my free time. I had stacks of them. Little did I know, these were the start to something much bigger.

Favorite Sharpie?  Why? 

Bronzed and Beautiful!

My favorite Sharpie is the fine point black markers. Black ink has always set the foundation for me, always the best starting point. I also love the metallic markers, they appear beautifully on black surfaces.

How would you describe your style? 

My style could be described as: abstract, controlled, intricate, whimsical, expressive, smooth, seamless, organic, free-flowing.

Because my lines are so controlled, my work is often mistaken for screen prints or paper cut-outs, which is interesting. It’s actually a compliment.

One of my friends recently said to me, “your gift is your control, your skill is painting.”

You have done some amazing things on VERY different surfaces and go to some pretty unconventional lengths to get them. Tell us, do you REALLY go dumpster diving?

Yes! I have many times. Its not a daily thing but I have gone to extremes to find old windows. Surprisingly, most are found in my own neighborhood, Ukrainian Village. I guess I have been lucky to settle in an older neighborhood, but I definitely keep an eye out for them all the time. I commonly find them piled up in the alleys, dumpsters or around construction sites. Its always funny approaching construction workers, as I’m not taken too seriously at first. But you’d be surprised with how many I wind up walking away with. Lesson learned – It never hurts to ask. I really prefer to find the old windows myself, rather than buying them. I love having a story of where they came from. Of course, the more I can salvage, the more I can keep my prices of paintings down too.

What are you working on next?

My next project is going to be a grouping of smaller glass paintings.

I don’t know about other cities, but the Chicago suburbs ‘unlimited garbage day’ is taken very seriously around here. Once a year, each suburb is assigned 1 day to throw as much junk on their lawn as they please – which often is very usable furniture, housewares. etc. This results in scavengers, like me, spending hours rummaging through it all. I was fortunate enough this past May to salvage around 50 old photo frames, all of varied sizes, colors and materials. Jackpot!

Because most of the glass was either missing or broken, I did replace lots of it. But finding each frame adds a little more personal story behind each piece. And it feels good knowing that this ‘waste’ will be reused into a piece of artwork worth keeping.

Sassy in silver

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

Yes! One of my first ink drawings I ever completed was a piece titled ‘Feather.’ Not only was it my first 2-piece drawing, but also my first piece which I felt worthy enough to frame. Fast-forward to 3 years later: I saved enough money to get my first studio space in Chicago, which ironically is called the ‘Feather Lofts ‘ so I now feel a little more even attached to it.

Best part of your “day job”?

There are so many best parts! I love the freedom of making a living, doing what I love. It’s really a dream. I was often told growing up that ‘art is a hobby, not a career.’ but overcame the obstacles to make it happen for me. It really feels more like a lifestyle than a job at times.

Working directly with clients is another great part. They are so appreciative, kind and supportive.

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who and why?

I would choose Robert Rauschenberg. He was an incredible inspiration in my dad’s classroom, as well as in my creative process the past few years. He created non-traditional collage work using layers of found photos, prints and trash. He salvaged things to recreate from, which of course, is a major component of my own work. He also took risks and was experimental and didn’t care. His experimentation lead to ‘surprise and collectiveness’ as he said, which allowed him to really run with his style. Every artist, aspiring or professional, could learn from this guy.

Want more on Emmy? Check her 30-second ad that will be coming to a television screen near you!

AND the full-length version right HERE!

Also, be sure to check out her profile in the Sharpie gallery and see EVEN more on her website and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, on Flickr and on Instagram at emmystarbrown!

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Call of the Wild

Your phone case is boring.

There I said it. I feel better, how about you? No?

Don’t worry–you may be committing social cellular suicide every time you whip that puppy out now, but I am here to help– and so is Denise Herida from, Unexpected Expectations!

Denise recently whipped out her wild side with this tribal design inspired iPhone case.

Image via Unexpected Expectations

 

Image via Unexpected Expectations

Well, doesn’t she just look super stylish and trendy!?

Want to be as cool as Denise and spice up your own cellular carry-all? Just pop on over to Unexpected Expectations for the full 411 ( may have taken this a little far, but sometimes you just gotta commit ;)

Happy DIY-ing, pretty people!

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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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Playin’ It Cool

Summer is officially here! The sun is out, the beaches are open, the pool is callin’ your name. So grab your towel, slather on the SPF and make a statement with these cooler-than-cool coolers.

From Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers to Sharpie Brush Tip and Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers- you have all you need to go cooler crazy.

Anchors Away! via Pinterest

Get those toes in the sand! Image via Pinterest

Show your sorority love! via Crushing on Coolers Blog

Beach weekend is here! image via http://www.frattysratty.com/

 

We have also seen some amazing tips on how to seal your cooler so your design won’t fade! We can’t promise anything but these claim to be tried and tested by other fans.

Suggestions:

* “Extra paint layers followed by mod podge and a layer of spray on sealer.”

* “Most people do layers of mod podge, spray on sealer, and miniwax.”

* “Outdoor mod podge”

For more tips and ideas check out:

Crushing on Coolers Blog

The Cooler Connecton on Facebook 

Sharpie on Pinterest

Start your summer with Sharpie and share how you’re staying cool in the comments!

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Cup’o Communication

No one is a morning person, even if they CLAIM they are. They are probably lying and by “probably…” I obviously mean they are. Who LIKES having to get out of bed, especially when you JUST found the perfect sleeping spot and the open air is frighteningly and shockingly less welcoming than your blanket cocoon?

What could possibly be even worse than that? The traumatic moment where you have actually managed to violently pull yourself out of bed but have yet to consume your morning wake-me-up beverage of choice. All you want is a straight caffeine shot to the face, but noooo you have to wait for water to boil and drinks to steep while making small talk with your roommie, slash bestie, who you love but at that pre-caffeinated moment, can’t remember why. Can you tell this is something I am intimately familiar with?

Enter Sharpie mugs who can say it alllll for you and possibly inject a smile into the AM routine we all love hate while working to get your day started off right. From your personal drink order (like Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess), to loving phrases like ” Don’t talk to me till this is empty” – your morning message is up to you!

Image and tutorial via A Beautiful Mess blog

All you need is a plain ceramic mug, a couple of Sharpie markers, a toasty oven and you have your own personal warning  to the world!

Now, it’s your turn, want to see how Elsie Larson made these cheery, daytime beauties? Just pop on over to A Beautiful Mess and check out her much sweeter version of “Good Morning!” and don’t forget to comment and let us know what you want to say!

**ALL instructions, tips and images are courtesy of  A Beautiful Mess Blog and methods have not been formally vetted by Sharpie.

**TIP from the community: designed items should be hand-washed only in order to preserve the integrity of the work.

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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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Mustang Sally

Sally may have had her moment in the sun in 1965, but it’s Sharpie’s turn to ride shotgun in this beautiful custom Ford Mustang designed completely with Sharpie markers!

Chris Dunlop, the man behind the machine, is a well-regarded “pinstripe artist” famous for his incredibly detailed designs on cars — and this 1999 “Sharpie Mustang” is his latest masterpiece.

Image via http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic

Image via http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic

 

Wilson Pickett was right– all I want to do is ride around in this guy; and I am pretty sure you do too, so check out the full article on this amazing ride and the man behind it, here!

Seen other modes of transportation that have upped the street cred with Sharpie? Comment and let us know!

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Fast Company Uncaps Their Most Creative People of 2012 List

What do CeeLo Green, Aziz Ansarii and Sharpie have in common?! They all made Fast Company’s list of 100 Most Creative People in 2012!

Our very own Sally Grimes, global vice president of marketing for Sharpie, was named to Fast Company’s 2012 ”100 Most Creative People in Business” list.  The annual issue celebrates some of the best and brightest in business, academia, entertainment and more.

Our fearless and creative leader, Sally Grimes, global vice president of marketing.

Sally is among some INCREDIBLE company. Just check out last year’s line-up which included Oprah Winfrey, Tina Fey and Sharpie showman, Conan O’Brien (remember Conan’s Sharpie?).

This year, Sally is rubbing elbows with equally good company, including execs from Amazon, Spotify, Facebook, Starbucks, Google, J.Crew, Nike, and Twitter.  Not mention some major A-List celebrities including, performer/producer CeeLo Green from “The Voice,” actress Jessica Alba for her health-minded children’s company and comedian Aziz Ansarii!

Sally gives major love and credits YOU, our amazing fans, for her and the brand’s success.

We couldn’t do it without you and the AH-MAZZZZING things this wonderful community starts with Sharpie every. single. day.

Sally Starts with our very own Sharpie community!

The issue is online here and hits newsstands next week.

Congratulate Sally and give a little shout-out for this outstanding achievement by posting a comment below!

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