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Uncap your Love Life: Forty Days of Dating

Sharpie Squad and resident heartthrob (and apparently, heartbreaker), Timothy Goodman is embarking on another romantic adventure, this time on a little social experiment with friend and fellow designer, Jessica Walsh. The experiment? They are going to date. Like, for real.

These crazy kids... Jessica and Tim, everybody

For 40 days Tim, commitment challenged and serial lady killer, and Jessica, hopeless romantic on the hunt for “the one,”  will become a couple to discover if they can change  their bad habits and make sense of the ever-elusive emotion, “love.” And we get to watch. HELLLO newest reality addiction.

Every day a new “episode” will be revealed on their website documenting their journey with questionnaires, pictures and all kinds of crazy challenges, like holding hands for 8 hours straight…They also enlisted 80 designers /illustrators/artists to contribute a typographic piece that will live on the website to represent each day (2 designers a day).

Be sure to keep an EYE out for some Sharpie cameos! Image via Darren Newman

Before you go thinking  “PSH what’s to keep this thing going?” Oh, there are rules. Major rules. As in, I don’t think I have ever seen my boyfriend for 40 days-in-a-row…

The rules: 

1. We will see each other every day for forty days.

2. We will go on at least three dates a week.

3. We will see a couples therapist once a week.

4. We will go on one weekend trip together.

5. We will fill out the daily questionnaire and document everything.

6. We will not see, date, hookup, or anything else with anyone else.

Episode one starts right now… Head over to Forty Days of Dating and check out Jessica and Tim’s first date! Be sure to check back EVERY.DAY for all the boy/girl dramaffair (new word. Made it up. I think it works.)

What do you think? Will it stick? Are these two destined to be permanently attached at the hip (had to) or doomed for failure?

We are doing our own half time show and checking back in with Tim and Jessica on July 29th and we want to hammer them with questions– so let us know what YOU want to know! We will all get answers on July 29th!

Goood luck, kids!

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Tim Goodman Blows The Lid Off Vegas

What do Sharpie, Tupac Shakur and Timothy Goodman have in common? One heck of a live art mural in none other than hotter-than-hot, Las Vegas!

This amazing wall mural Tim created for FlexFit Headwear at the MAGIC S.L.A.T.E. trade show in Las Vegas back in August is just the latest in Tim’s amazing hand lettering feats (remember these!?!).  FlexFit is a headwear company located in Los Angeles that—like all the companies at the MAGIC show—appeals to the urban or ‘streetwear’ fashion community.

FlexFit challenged Tim to come up with an idea for a mural that he would draw, real-time, during the first day of the show. Tim’s focus was based around creating not only a great piece of work but an entire experience for people stopping by,  “While it was important that the mural was relative to the culture of both FlexFit and MAGIC, I also wanted to create an experience for the passersby that wasn’t too literal to the brand.” And boy, did he! Just check out the video below!

image via Timothy Goodman

Get the full low-down on Tim’s website along with EVEN more photos from the event!

Do it, to it.

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The 2012 Squad is Set!

It’s that time of year again! Allow me the IMMENSE honor of introducing you to the 2012 Sharpie Squad! Over the past 3 years we have showcased some of our FINEST fans and this year is no different! From amazing artwork to customized sneakers and too-cool-for-school rides- these ultra-fine folks are jazzed to share how they are starting with Sharpie with you!

Scroll on down to get to know these 12 talented Sharpie fanatics and be sure to check back on the reg’ for news, updates and awe-inspiring ideas straight from the Sharpie’s mouth!

Aimee Alexander

At just 3-months-old Aimee traced the pattern of her grandmother’s shirt with her tiny finger, and eventually moved on to crayons, finger paint, glitter and Sharpie of course! .  Aimee discovered the professional art world at the age of 12 on a trip to San Francisco for a friend’s graduation from fashion design school and hasn’t looked back since.  Aimee studied art at Sacramento State University and moved to the San Francisco bay area where she started Artisticle, a fabulous website where Aimee shares her Sharpie creations! Check it out and follow Aimee socially as spends her time coloring and participating in art shows and festivals around northern California!

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Alyse Dietel

Alyse grew up in San Mateo, California and started drawing when she was still in her cradle! Her mom made an art table for her when she was three and it took off from there! Alyse loves surrealism and her favorite artist is Salvador Dali. To her, art is not about drawing what you see, but creating what doesn’t exist anywhere but in your mind. She balances her passion for art with her other passions which include rock climbing and the enjoying the outdoors. She’s a big fan of nature, and is even currently majoring in Environmental Studies at Northern Arizona University.

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Amanda Shupp

The majority of Amanda’s abstract work is done with her Sharpie Paint Markers, and Sharpie Permanent Markers.  She’s always loved drawing with Sharpies, dating back to high school when she’d cover an entire page in her note book with drawings.  These days, she sets out to cover an entire canvas, piece of paper, or table top with  free flowing colorful designs. This lady doesn’t plan any of her creations; she simply just goes with the flow and lets her marker guide her.  Her favorites are the large scale pieces she creates and would love to cover an entire wall with her art someday!  Amanda is also an avid animal lover and enjoys spending my time at the beach with her friends and, of course, her pets. Keep up with Amanda by checking in on her through social networks!

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Chris Dunlop

Chris Dunlop is an accomplished artist best known for his Sharpie Art Cars. Chris began as an airbrush artist and custom painter and later picked up pin-striping and Sharpie art. Many of the cars Chris has customized have been featured in publications such as Yahoo!, MSN, Sharpie.com, AutoBlog, LSX Tv, and many others. He’s spent the past several years developing his skills at custom paint shops around the country and now resides in California working at CW Restoration Shop. Chris is a devoted artist that loves what he does and spends much of his time practicing his art, but also loves to skateboard and spend time with his wife, Caitlin. Wanna know more? Then take a ride through his social portfolio:

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Darion Cortez

Darion Cortez is a 21-year-old aspiring shoe designer who loves to be creative and draw the crazy, wild, and fun things the dance in his mind.  He has been drawing since he can remember and has loved Sharpie markers for just as long! Follow Darion in real time on Twitter!

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Drew Michael

Drew Michael is a 20-year-old senior currently studying at Ohio University. He graduated with his associate’s degree in graphic design and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in studio art. Drew loves using all different types of media to create his art and works on various different surfaces – one of them being his favorite, shoes!  Drew focuses on his work every day and continues to try new things with his art and learn to expand his horizons. Get to know this college cutie even better by checking out all of his channels:

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John Clark

John Clark is a Michigan based portrait artist.  He spends most of his time doing two things, making his wife laugh and washing Sharpie ink from his fingers.  He knows a bit too much about things that won’t help him in the least, like comic books, video games, and classic 80′s wrestling, and as far back as he can remember, he’s been obsessed with drawing faces.  Currently he creates black and white, film noir inspired, Sharpie portraits on old book pages.  He’s pretty sure he’s the only one that does that.  See his work at www.johnclark.etsy.com or at www.society6.com/johnclark.

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Lauren Seal

Lauren Seal is a 21-year-old student from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.  She is a senior at Mississippi State University where she is studying to become a physical therapist once she graduates! Lauren has expressed herself through her art art for as long as she can remember and even began her education as an major!  She took a Sharpie to her first pair of Converse shoes when she was in high school and has created more than twenty different pairs of canvas shoes since!  Lauren values her Sharpie collection so much that she tries to use them in just about every piece of art she creates.  She even used them to color a drum set once!  Lauren is inspired by everything around her, and her creativity never stops and is excited to be a part of the 2012 Squad to help her to continue to grow as an artist. This sassy little lady is rockin’ the social space, kick it with Lauren and follow her by clicking below!

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Melissa Dalton

Melissa Dalton started her love affair with Sharpie on March 8th 2007 when she got her very first package for her birthday. She used them to draw all over, drawing cartoons and eventually, as she realized their potential, she started using them to draw psychedelic artworks and even a 70 page comic called Under the Bed. Melissa is currently enrolled at the University of Nevada, majoring in Art and she still loves drawing with Sharpie to this day, OBVIOUSLY, it’s what she is here– check out all of her comic genius by checking out her sites below!

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Sara Holt

Sara Holt is an award winning artist who works in various mediums including drawing, painting, writing, and photography.  Her work is internationally published and collected and she was even a Featured Director on The Independent Film Channel for her short animated film, “In the Mourning”. Check out more of Sara’s work by checking where else she plays on the world wide web!

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Timothy Goodman

Timothy is a designer, illustrator, and an art director based in New York City. Currently he runs his own studio, working on a variety of design and illustration projects for clients such as the Ace Hotel, Apple Inc., New York Public Library, Newsweek, The New York Times, Time magazine, and Suntrust Bank. Previously, Timothy worked in-house at Apple Inc., where he helped integrate Apple’s visual language, domestically and internationally, across third party environments, retail stores, events and campaign launches. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Timothy graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he now teaches. Wanna know even more about this stylin’ city fella? Just get to clickin’ below:

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Zehra Ali

Zehra is an 18-year-old college freshman who grew up in the States, and just last year, moved to Saudi Arabia (!!!). Zehra is passionately obsessed with music, drawing much of her inspiration from it.  She began creating Sharpie art as a means to express herself and used doodling as a creative outlet to purge the ideas in her head into something beautiful. With her art, Zehra hopes she is able to enlighten someone or at least bring a smile onto someone’s face, which we think she does beautifully! Follow this Sharpie muse right here…

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2012 is looking pretty snazzy, don’t ya think?! Welcome our new Squad members by leaving a comment or question below– and you never know… next year this could be YOU!

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Gettin’ to the Good Stuff with Timothy Goodman

We love making friends, and friends of friends are our favorite… and that’s exactly how we came to chat with Timothy Goodman, New York City heart breaker and graphic designer. After interviewing his friend and fellow designer, Dan Cassaro, we got a little love letter, or rather a love marathon, from Mr. Goodman and decided that anyone with this much Sharpie love deserved to be more than just our valentine.

The heart breaker, in the flesh... or at least in black and white.

Lock up your hearts ladies, he already stole ours and we cant be held responsible for your newest raging crush.  

Let’s get to the good stuff… 

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

I jokingly like to call myself the “Kid from Cleveland.” In the 1930s, there was a group of teenage actors who were called the “Dead End Kids.” They were wisearse street kids who always wore newsboy hats, and usually had some dirt on their face. I was sort of a 1980s version of that. Growing up in Cleveland from a family a modest means, I learned how to be scrappy as a youngster. My friends and I were always up to no good: smoking cigs, playing street ball, stealing baseball cards, running from dogs, jumping neighbor’s fences, throwing eggs at cars. My sweet mother had her hands full! When I was a kid, I was proud to have bruises and scars on my body after playing outside. Having bruises and scars meant I was having fun.

What inspires you and your work?

I’ve watched Winnie-the-Pooh about 10 times in the last year. Christopher Robin says, “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” What an idea! I’m currently trying to be more naive with my work. Graphic design books and blogs will only get me so far. We should be inspired by other mediums, but more importantly, we should be in touch with an openness in life that has nothing to do with information, language, “success,” or dollars.

How would you describe your style? 


I work hard to get my voice and my humor in my work. As my old boss Brian Collins says, we’re not in the ‘kind of nice business.’ Meaning, we’re here to be provocative, to be memorable, and to tell great stories. Even though I’ve adopted a drawing style, if you look at my body of work you’ll see that I generally work in many mediums across branding, identity, and editorial. I have no interest in making work for solely aesthetic reasons. If we ask questions, and think like storytellers, then we can have a larger dialogue with our clients and ourselves.

You seem to be quite the jack-of-all-trades; working as a designer, art director, and illustrator, what IS it about your work that gets you goin’?

I used to paint homes, hang wallpaper and drywall for 4 1/2 years before going to design school in NYC. I was a horrible high school student and I needed time to figure out what I wanted. In the beginning, I was a laborer, hauling buckets of wallpaper glue up ladders for 12-15 hours a day. That taught me an unruly work ethic. Later, it showed me how fortunate I am to be doing what I love, and how lucky I am to do it in New York. I try not to take any of it for granted. The way I see it right now, being a designer is a duty, not a career choice.

How did you get started? 


Having mentors and constantly making things. My old creative director, John Fulbrook, hired me right out of school as a book jacket designer for Simon & Schuster. Soon after that, he left the publishing world to become a creative director in branding, and he took me with him. I will forever be indebted to him for helping my career blossom. I think it’s paramount to find someone that will help guide you, beyond design, in a way that teaches you more about life. I remind my students about this often. As for the illustration stuff, it came as a result of wanting to explore different things, and to get my name in the Times so I could impress girls. Isn’t that what it’s all about, anyway?

Worked for us...


How did you come up with your Valentine’s Tweet-a-thon?


After leaving Apple (yes, THAT Apple) in October, I promised myself that I would make more time for personal projects. I started thinking about how much time I spend on Twitter, and how I don’t know most of the people I chat with. So I wondered how I could honor these virtual relationships? However, as many of us do, I beat myself up with doubt and fear: How could I possibly draw a valentine for every single one of my Twitter followers? Why would it matter? Who would care? Einstein famously said, “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” I tried convincing myself NOT to do it. Luckily, my good buddy Erik Marinovich encouraged me to follow through with it. In the end, it was extremely rewarding on many levels, and I was very touched to see how much it resonated with people.

One look, a flutter, and some eyelash batting/tweeting and we knew...

...this was a Sharpie match made in heaven.

You have been a part of some pretty incredible stuff; your work at Apple, the Ace Hotel, features in the New York Times, Wired and Time magazine, JUST to name a few, what accomplishment do you wish you could have unlimited bragging rights on about?


I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to do, and I feel fortunate to have so many inspiring and encouraging friends, mentors, and colleagues around me. Nothing is done without them. While I leave the bragging on the resume, I do pull out the Apple card a lot. They’re the most successful and innovative company in the world, everything they touch is a smash, the whole world watches them, and every client wants to be them. And besides the fact that my mother questions me at least once a week with that Are you sure you didn’t make the biggest mistake of your life by quitting? tone in her voice, I’m happy with my decision to quit and move back to NYC.

How did you come to contribute to the Art Director’s Club (ADC) bathroom ?


The wonderful people at the ADC asked four of us (Mikey Burton, Chris Rubino, Rich Tu, and myself) to create a mural in their ladies room. With only one Saturday to do it, we had to think fast and act quick—and luckily we came to an easy agreement on concept and execution. And let me tell you, there’s nothing like four dudes sweating in a bathroom all day! After some initial emails during the weeks before, we decided to shower the walls with compliments and an array of ‘lady etiquette.’ After all, shouldn’t all respectable ladies know that a beautiful dress can be ruined by wearing lumpy, baggy underwear?


(Funny story.. this is the same place that hosted the TED award ceremony for the Ads Worth Spreading, so  you may have seen a tweet or two from @Sharpie about this beauty–and that was BEFORE we knew Tim was the man behind the mirror err… bathroom! Some things are just meant to be)

 Any cool new projects you can tell us about?

I have a weird superstition when it comes to talking publicly about work that hasn’t happened yet. I will say that I have a great new rep/studio manager, and I’m very excited about the future.

Your designs have a cool edginess to them; how do you come up with new ideas?


Ideas are totally disposable and constantly in flux for me. I learned that while being in branding. Anything can spark an idea, and you better have at least 100 of them. However, some of my favorite ideas have come while I’m flying. Which is ironic, because I used to be horribly afraid to fly and I couldn’t step foot on an airplane for 3 years during college. I learned to overcome that fear, and I have flown over 25 times in the last year and a half. Now I absolutely love flying! I can’t wait to get in the air, put my headphones on, and get my sketchbook out.

Do you have a soft spot for one of your designs in particular?
My friend William Morrisey always says, “If you want to change your look, change your tool.” About 2 years ago I made a conscience effort to get my hand involved in my work more. I had the perfect opportunity to make that effort sing when I was asked to do a mural for the Ace Hotel. That project opened up an entirely different creative avenue for myself. A healthy amount of work I’m currently doing is hand-drawn, and it all stems from that project.

Where the magic happened... The ACE is what brought us all together!

The common thread between Tim, Dan and all this Sharpie love

 How do you use Sharpie markers in your work?
With immediacy and with mistakes! I’m a big NBA basketball fan. I love the New York Knicks, and I hate to miss a game. I like to drink a beer soda.. (right, Tim?) (note: mistakes), watch the Knicks, and draw draw draw.

 Favorite Sharpie?  Why?
The Sharpie paint markers! I love the way they spread, the way they adhere, the way they smell, the way you have to shake them to get the ink flowing. It’s a very sensual process, which is probably why I dig it so much.

 Best part of your “day job” and if you weren’t doing this what would you be doing?
It’s been six months since I left Apple, and I’m very excited about my newfound self-employment. My favorite part is the flexibility. I can take a 3 hour lunch; I can skip town whenever I want; I can choose my clients, or work on personal stuff anytime. Right now I’m on the path of the unknown, doing everything I should be doing.

If you could have one super power what would it be and why?
I hate poverty, and I hate that so many kids have to grow up in poverty. There are over 16 million children living in poverty in the United States alone. I wish I could make poor kids live like rich kids and rich kids live like poor kids for one week.

 What trends do you see making it big in 2012/ what are you pumped about in 2012?
One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, Mission Chinese, is coming to NYC!

Want to pick up some Chinese with Tim? Well, we can’t promise that (heck, we are still working on our own date), BUT you can follow him on Twitter- you may even get your own Valentine out of the deal!  Check out more of his amazing accomplishments by visiting his website, and trust us, there is A LOT more where this came from. 

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