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California Wives Start With Sharpie

You’ve seen the music video, made the Mashup and crooned along with the music, NOW its time to spend a little QT with the four gents behind the Sharpie Music Video!

Introducing Joe, Jayson, Dan and Graham, also known as California Wives, the men behind the music!

From left to right- Graham, Joe, Jayson and Dan

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

Three of us grew up in the suburbs around Chicago. Dan and I actually went to rival high schools, but we got over it. Graham moved to Chicago a few years ago, but he grew up in Florida.   We all like Science Fiction and are proud fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Judge us if you must, but Captain Picard is one our heroes. Not too many pet peeves, but Graham cannot stand ketchup, or catsup for that matter.

Being Chicago natives, where did the name California Wives come from? ( Feel free to start with … “It came to me in a dream after a Real Housewives marathon”—we’d get it. We’ve had the same dream…)

California Wives as actually just something one of us said once. It was winter and it was super cold in Chicago and we happened to start making music that sounded sunnier. When we realized it, we all thought, “didn’t somebody say something about ‘California wives’ the other day?

What is inspires you to uncap what’s inside?

That moment when you start bobbing your head while playing a song, or beat, or melody. That inspires us to keep going. Once you’ve got a song that you really like to play, you want to write more.

Tell us how you got started with Sharpie! 

We used to burn a lot of CDs of demos that we made. We’d mark each one a Sharpie marker so we could tell them apart. There are piles of CD-Rs with odd song names on them hanging around someplace. If you run across some, let us know, they might be ours.

Favorite Sharpie?  Why? 

The 80′s Glam kind, for obvious reasons.

How would you describe your style? 

My mom describes us all as, “in need of a haircut.” I respectfully disagree.

Color really seemed to impact your upcoming album, Art History, what is about color that influences your writing?

Colors are something that are easy to associate with moods. You can use them to allude to a feeling without necessarily having to name it. I think that’s why they appear in so many of our songs.

(HEY Sharpie fans- don’t forget to download this AWESOME album on iTunes!) 

You crazy kids are about to head out on tour (with a full supply of Sharpie markers on hand!) What or where are you most pumped for?

Getting to see Stars and Diamond Rings live every night is pretty exciting. Besides that, it will pretty cool to drive through the Southwestern United States. Speaking of colors…

Do you have a soft spot for one of your songs in particular? (I know we do! Hint hint, Sharpie fans, check out “Purple,” which debuted in our first ever music video!)

Light Year. It was the last to come together, so it’s the newest to us. It’s like the band puppy.

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

I [Joe] would never get tired or have to sleep so that the band would not have to deal with my snoring. It would also be nice to not have objects thrown at me if I pass out in the back of the van. Seriously, though, if I didn’t have to sleep, I would have an extra third of my life to do stuff.

Jay would have an infinity stomach. He’s a pretty skinny guy so it would be funny to see him wipe the floor with some competitive eaters. They’d just stare at him and think, “where does it all go?”

Dan would be able to read 7 books at the same time. That way he might have time for a few other hobbies. Really, it only seems like’s he’s always reading because we spend so much time in the van.

Graham would be able to talk with dogs. He does all the time, anyways. It’s just usually a very one-sided conversation. I’m sure he’d like to know what the dogs think of what he’s saying.

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

Ray Kurzweil seems to know a lot about what’s going to happen in the future. I wouldn’t mind having him drop some knowledge on me.

Dont you just feel closer to the coast already? Wanna check these guys out live?! Well you’re in luck they are heading out on tour with Stars and Diamond Rings

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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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What Would the World Be Like w/o Self-Expression?

There’d be no purpose… No passion…

No putting it out there for everyone to see.

Sharpie aims to inspire people to boldly showcase their individuality, express their creativity and boast their true colors on everything and in all forms.  From skateboards and stadium posters to motorcycle helmets and billboards, we at Sharpie encourage you to show off your best self in every situation and on every canvas.

Sharpie offers countless platforms to reveal your  true thoughts, feelings and interests but we all know that self-expression is not only limited to what you can draw, design, write etc…  Every day little pieces of self-expression surround us- From the type of cell phones we choose, to the way we style our hair.  From the way you walk down the street, to the way you sign your name.  Self-expression is in the color of our shoes, it’s in the you say ”HELLO,” it’s even in that collection of old hotel key cards you keep in your wallet.  Everything has a piece of personality in it whether we recognize it or not.  Without these forms of self-expression though, who would we be?  What would the world be like?  Would there be reason behind our actions & thoughts?

The newest Sharpie advertisement screams self-expression and shows how lackluster the world would be without it.  Watch the new Sharpie commercial and get inspired to express yourself:


 

 

Come back as we continue to ask & answer the question:

“What Would the World Be Like Without Self-Expression?”