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SHARPIE GETS TED

Ideas are what make the world go round.  They’re the foundation of the future.  They’re what inspire us to dream big dreams and climb big mountains and solve big problems.

At Sharpie, ideas come from our fans.  And they’re an inspired  bunch.  Have you seen what they’ve created?  Have you seen the ideas and inspirations and possibilities they’ve put out into the world using Sharpie as the conduit to creativity?  Maybe you’re even one of them.  Maybe your idea is one worth sharing.

Every once in awhile an idea comes along and somebody notices.  The TED award for “Ads Worth Spreading” recognizes great ideas in advertising, and today Sharpie was named one of 10 recipients of the 2012 award.

TED is a nonprofit group devoted to ideas. Since it started in 1984, it has become a driving force in advancing open dialogue, creativity and innovation in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design.  Through its annual conferences, TED brings together thought leaders from around the world to collaborate, learn, listen and engage toward a better tomorrow.

TED selected Sharpie’s webisode featuring pen cup artist Cheeming Boey to receive the award. It showcases Boey as he takes us on his artistic journey and the role Sharpie played along the way.

Boey was featured in Sharpie's print campaign, too!

The TED “Ads Worth Spreading” award is given to ads that become part of our cultural story, that amplify passion instead of ambushing viewers, that elevate the craft of storytelling while beautifully blending traditional and digital media.

But you be the judge.  Watch and weigh in with your thoughts.

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Our Cup Runneth Over with Cheeming Boey

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Cheeming Boey is a California-based artist who has gained notarity for the AMAZING art he creates on coffee cups.  By combining two very simple things, paper cups and Sharpie Pens, he ceates museum-worthy masterpieces that continue to ignite interest around the globe.  In the same way that Warhol made soup cans famous, Boey is pushing the limits of pop culture with his coffee cups.

This veteran Sharpie Squad member uses Sharpie Pens to create his intricately designed Joe-holders and then sells the cups online at iamboey.com. Beyond being featured in the OC Register and on maxim.com, he is also the man behind the cups in Sharpie’s 2011 magazine ad for Sharpie Pen as part of the Start with Sharpie campaign.

Not only has Cheeming been busy busting out amazing new work and ad campaigns, he has also just returned from a nine-week stint driving around the U.S. and documenting his travels comic book-style– complete with video highlights– while also working on his literary debut, funded completely through Kickstarter.

 

 

Follow Boey’s adventures on Twitter & Facebook and IAmBoey.com. Trust me, your cup will runneth over.

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100 Ways to Start Something with Sharpie

We all know there are millions of ways to express yourself using Sharpie, right!? Especially with the WIDE variety of products,colors and tips, the options are endless for what you can start with Sharpie. Well, to get the ideas flowing we teamed up with Us Weekly to come up with 100 different ways to Uncap What’s Inside!

Us Weekly then chose three of these ideas and made them into unique ads that are running in this week’s edition, so be sure to grab a copy, on stands now, to see these one-of-a-kind magazine ads or if you can’t wait that long, just scroll on…

  1. Create a personalized design on your t-shirt
  2. Design your jeans with a special emblem
  3. Fill that autograph book- get your favorite stars’ signatures
  4. Make your Nook case your own with Stained by Sharpie fabric markers
  5. Design a skateboard with your own personal image
  6. Keep your drinks cool in your customized  koozies
  7. Show off your Sharpie markers to friends
  8. Collect Sharpie markers
  9. Label your stuff so nothing gets lost
  10. “MARRY ME!!” Design a poster board for your favorite concert with Sharpie markers
  11. Design your TOMS shoes with Sharpie Markers
  12. Use your Sharpie marker to mark on difficult surfaces
  13. Decorate a tie for Dad using Stained by Sharpie fabric markers
  14. Sketch a picture with our Sharpie fine markers
  15. Design a clutch purse (we’ve already shown you how!)
  16. Pour your heart out! Write your song lyrics for when you get your big break
  17. Label CDs so everyone knows how awesome your taste in music is
  18. Make Christmas ornaments using Sharpie paint markers
  19. Sign you name with a Sharpie marker-  (people will TOTALLY think you’re famous)
  20. Give yourself a promotion! Create a cool name plate for your desk
  21. Color Easter eggs with Sharpie markers
  22. Create a masterpiece that your friends won’t believe you did with a Sharpie marker
  23. Make it permanent! There is no erasing Sharpie permanent markers
  24. Touch up  those scuffs on your black shoes with the original Sharpie black marker
  25. Customize your cap… and then Uncap What’s Inside ( I couldn’t resist!)
  26. Design your backpack so it says something about you
  27. Doodle on a coffee cup using Sharpie Pen
  28. Decorate a picture frame
  29. Get your Sharpie spook-on and put a face on a pumpkin
  30. Give your favorite fish a fancy house by adding an underwater scene to its bowl
  31. Declare your love! Add your name in a heart on trees with your boyfriend or girlfriend
  32. Be EXTRA daring. Do the crossword in Sharpie Ultra fine.
  33. Design a window
  34. Add a Sharpie marker doodle before shipping out a box
  35. Give your heart away with a Sharpie designed Valentine
  36. Spice up an old purse with fun Sharpie designs
  37. Customize a guitar with your musical expressions
  38. Add some diva designs to your pillow for the next sleepover
  39. Make your own fun wrapping paper to give mom a gift
  40. Celebrate with customized Sharpie markers
  41. Get sassy with Sharpie and post-it notes
  42. Make a calendar using poster boards and colored Sharpie markers
  43. DIY sunglasses with Sharpie markers to ensure yours are unique
  44. Repurpose old furniture with Sharpie paint
  45. Make blank canvas shoes say something about you
  46. Decorate stockings for your holiday hearth
  47. Create a gift tag with Sharpie extra fine markers
  48. Sharpie your motorcycle (be sure you own it first!)
  49. Create a friendship bracelet with Sharpie retractable markers
  50. Customize your head band with your name in Sharpie markers
  51. Sharpie your hub caps (make sure you own those too!)
  52. Add some Sharpie swag to your photos
  53. Make robots out of dominoes
  54. Design your own soccer ball to distract the other team by its beauty
  55. Make your mark!
  56. Make a mural using all the different kinds of Sharpie markers
  57. Travel with your Sharpie marker and show IT the world!
  58. Hug your Sharpie marker and tell it it’s safe
  59. Bring your Sharpie marker on vacation and let the next visitor know “Sharpie has been here” 
  60. Trade Sharpie markers with your friends
  61. Create a Christmas tree with green Sharpie markers
  62. Doodle in your notebook with Sharpie Pens
  63. Customize a scrapbook with Sharpie ultra fine markers
  64. Use Sharpie markers to make your Dradle something special for the holiday
  65. Make a tote something more with drawings and designs in Sharpie markers
  66. Use the Sharpie Stencil technique
  67. Spruce up your Sharpie with a duct tape flower 
  68. Give a Sharpie marker to a friend and make their day
  69. Label your underwear with a Sharpie marker,  maybe the dryer won’t eat it
  70. Have a Sharpie marker doodle party
  71. Design your Halloween costume
  72. Support a great cause and raise money for breast cancer research by commiting to Ink It Pink
  73. Customize your iPhone case with Sharpie markers
  74. Gear up for game day and cheer with posters made with Sharpie paint marker
  75. Re-vamp an old encyclopedia into something retro chic with colorful Sharpie markers
  76. Make your yoga mat stand out while you zen out
  77. Highlight without smearing with new Sharpie Gel Highlighter
  78. Write, erase and repeat with Sharpie Liquid Pencil
  79. Carry your Sharpie in your pocket with Sharpie Minis
  80. Stain  that plain white summer dress into something more with  Stained by Sharpie  fabric markers
  81. Be BOLD or slighlty subtle with Sharpie Twin Tips
  82. Write your school notes with Sharpie Pens
  83. Customize the back of your lap top
  84. Label your cup so it stays germ-free 
  85. Do a window design with Sharpie water-based paint markers
  86. Spice up your gym shoes with special designs
  87. Create custom Sharpie markers for a gift or special occasion
  88. Hang your Sharpie markers from a Christmas tree instead of ornaments
  89. Make a Sharpie marker collage by blending colors together
  90. Customize book covers so you can just grab em’ and go on your way to class
  91. Share you Sharpie marker creations at www.sharpie.com
  92. Use MySharpie for customized, fun party favors
  93. Decorate your golf balls so they don’t get mixed up on the course
  94. Edit school yearbooks so its like that ex-boyfriend never even happened
  95. Write letters from your secret admirers using Sharpie pens
  96. Feel famous signing your autograph on sports equipment
  97. Bring back the banana clip (yellow) with 80′s glam markers
  98. Spruce up invitations with Sharpie marker designs on the envelope
  99. Draw over old Polaroids with Sharpie markers and give them new life
  100. Start something with Sharpie and help takeover YouTube on August 27

 

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New Works by Boey

Sharpie Squad member Cheeming Boey creates incredibly detailed art on an unexpected canvas. You have likely seen his coffee cup drawings before on the Sharpie Blog and across the web but new today, Boey shares some of his most recent renderings. I love the pop of color Boey incorporates into these new cups.

Tangled (1)

Tangled (2)

Tangled (2)

Buenos Vientos (1)

Buenos Vientos (2)

I'm Turtle (1)

I'm turtle (2)

Second Best (1)

Second Best (2)

Red (1)

Red (2)

 Scroll through more of Cheeming Boey’s art on his Flickr page and at his website, iamboey.com

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Cup ‘o Sharpie

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It’s Stephanie’s turn!  Stephanie Williams is a Sharpie INKtern and this is her first post on the Sharpie blog.  She just graduated from DePaul U but is heading back in the fall for her masters.  She runs track at DePaul and has set all sorts of records.   For the record, Stephanie is a rock star intern…read her rock star post… 

Meet… Cheeming Boey 

Boey talks about his artwork in his Newport Beach apartment.

Boey talks about his artwork in his Newport Beach apartment.

“ The styrofoam cup itself represents the pop culture we live in, and in some ways, is the epitome of 21st century technology.”

It’s a product we see every day. The styrofoam cup.  Parties, barbecues and picnics are all places we use them and then we just…throw them away. But not 31-year-old artist and animator, Cheeming Boey of Newport Beach, California; he creates art. Armed with a black Sharpie Pen, Boey draws images on cups that include intricate waves, birds and scenes of his life from Malaysia to Orange County.

Boey shows one side of a cup entitled, "Run Baby Run."

Boey shows one side of a cup entitled, "Run Baby Run."

 Q: Tell me a little about your business.

Boey: I draw on Styrofoam coffee cups. 

Q: How did you come up with the idea?

 Boey: I had no paper while I was craving to sketch one day outside a coffee shop, saw a cup on top of a trash can, took it and started drawing on the surface. I had forgotten how well ink flows on the Styrofoam surface. Its got a completely different feel from paper. Initially it was just with a ball point pen, I later moved to sharpie because I had some sharpies on my desk at work.

Equipped with his Sharpie.

Equipped with his Sharpie.

 Q: How are Sharpie markers incorporated?

 Boey: They are primarily what I use to draw on my cups now. I only use one fine point sharpie for all my line works. I know there’re several sizes, but part of the challenge I want to tackle is achieving different strokes with one pen.

 Q: What benefit do you think this offers and to who?

His "mistake" cups are the ones he drinks out of.

His "mistake" cups are the ones he drinks out of.

 Boey: People tend to think that drawings and paintings are always on canvases or paper.

I would like others to see that anything can be used as a canvas. You must have tried drawing with fries using ketchup, right? Why can’t that be serious art?

 It’s not what you draw on all the time; it’s the idea on it, or behind it. If the KFC recipe was sold on a napkin for a million bucks, I don’t think people are gonna say, “Nah, I don’t want it…it’s on a napkin.”

 The styrofoam cup itself represents the pop culture we live in, and in some ways, is the epitome of 21st century technology. Yet it is often overlooked, and when it ever brings attention, it stands for everything negative.

Showing his love for waves.

Showing his love for waves.

I believe there’s beauty in everything, including what we consider imperfect. I embrace the fact that it isn’t perfect. Sort of like the Wabi-Sabi movement in Japan.

 The fact that it is “cheap” and “disposable” makes it an unlikely subject for anything “special”. But it is that reason that I decided to draw on them. It also keeps one cup off the streets, if people are worried about Styrofoam waste.

 Q: Why are Sharpie markers a good fit for this? 

 Boey: Like how anything can be a canvas, I believe anything could be a tool as well.People are always surprised when I tell them I drew with a sharpie. A lot of them think it is liquid acrylics, or other fancy pens. “No, it’s with a sharpie.”The sharpie has a nice tip and it has a good consistent ink flow. It is also cheap. And cheap doesn’t mean bad.

 Q:  Tell us about some of your favorite designs.  Why do they resonate with you?

 Boey: I like the ones that are more personal, like a dining experience with a friend over sake and stories. I also like waves; hence a lot of my cups have a spaghetti-like, wave motif to it. One of my favorite Japanese artists who has influenced me heavily is Hokusai, and I think a lot about how he draws his waves when I draw mine.

 Q: What is the longest amount of time you have spent on one cup?

His cups sell for hundreds.

His cups sell for hundreds.

 Boey: 3 months. I don’t do initial drafts on the cups, so what you see is on the final product is the first pass. It takes forever to work on an elaborate piece because my next line could completely ruin the composition. Or I get nervous about drawing certain shapes. Or poses.

So sometimes I take hours to figure out the composition in my head, sometimes I don’t come back to it for months.

I have to also make sure the foam cups are absolutely lint/ hair free. They charge up easily and tiny hairs or lint can stick to it. And when the fine point on the sharpie catches one of these hairs, a thin line can suddenly become a broad stroke. Terrible.

More designs.

More designs.

Q:Do you think you’ll expand the idea to other items?

Boey: Sure. Anything is possible right?

Q: Anything else you’d like to add that I didn’t ask?

 Boey:I could use some free sharpies. I go thru about 1 every 2 days.

 

 View more of Cheeming Boey’s art at: http://rectangletriangle.googlepages.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13895571@N04/3667583242/in/set-72157614580046629/

Contact Boey:rectangletriangle@gmail.com