Sharpie Your Skin!

You may be thinking something along the lines of: “Sharpie my WHAT?” “That doesn’t come off for days, you idiot!” Or “An intern can’t promote writing on yourself with a Sharpie!” Before you throw me off the deep end…I’m not talking about your epidermis!  No, no, no.  I’m referring to the protective covers that we use for our cell phones, laptops, iPods, MP3 players, etc..

(*Note: Have Sharpie on your skin?  With a little bit of nail polish remover & a cotton ball and you’ll be able to get most, if not all the ink off your skin pretty easily.   I’m speaking from experience here, my friend Ryan enjoys drawing, what we have dubbed, “Frat Tats” on his friends’ bi-ceps) 🙂

iphone_in_water_glassEveryone who knows me, agree in saying that I have a bad history with phones.  At least, when I was in college… geez I think I went through like 4 phones during the 2008 NCAA Finals (F.Y.I. Kansas won)!   You see, I drop my phone a lot…I don’t know what it is but it just falls, or I’ll accidently knock it off a table, I was even running the other day (iPod dead) when my phone just went flying off the treadmill!! Thinking I would be this new “non-flailing” person after graduation,  I used the last of my college $$ to buy an iPhone.  Well, guess what, being handed a degree didn’t magically change me!- Nope, I’m still me…  BUT the day I got my phone, I also bought a cover for it – BEST INVESTMENT EVER! After owning that one for 6 months, however, I think that it’s time to get a new skin.

Problem: I want something original, not just your average black cover; and while they are out there, they are also expensive.  With a salary of $0.00, I can’t necessarily afford a $40.00+ skin.

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Solution: I found a cover on sale for $7.00, took a couple Sharpie Paint Markers, and made my own design.  I absolutely love it, it was easy to make AND it’s completely mine! I’ve given it a few touch-ups here and there (but that is partially due to the fact that Sharpies  don’t stop me from my “lanky-ness”). You could do this to almost anything and with different kinds of Sharpies- I just happened to do it to my phone cover. (*The pictures below aren’t my drawings but seemed to be good examples of easy, stylish skins that anyone could draw)

Here are a few ideas to start off with:

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1. Can’t think of your own design?  Find one on the internet and copy it

2. Find a stencil you like and trace the pattern/image on.

3. Get a ruler and go wild with stripes. Draw a checkered or a plaid pattern.

str-mul-ipho64684. Use standard shapes, squares, triangles…Go crazy with dots and circles (always easy)!

5. Nervous to mess up? Plan it out on a piece of paper.  Don’t draw on the skin until you get it how you want it.

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I am no artist but if you can draw a Hand-Turkey, you can do this!HandTurkey

Try it out, send pictures of what you come up with, let me know how it goes!   Have fun, be creative and UNCAP WHAT’S INSIDE!

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Sharpie Sport Bike

Shiyonin Makes It’s Mark with Sharpie 

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Now this is what I call HOT WHEELS! As a kid you were probablly told to never draw on anything with a Sharpie.  Heck, you probablly tell yourself that even as an adult!  Well leave it to two young guys in Jacksonville, North Carolina to break the rules and go to town on a $10,000 Honda sportbike! 

Spending over 50 hours tagging this bike, Jesse Lockhart, 25, and  Nick Schuman, 27, went by their own rules, took out their Sharpies and simultaneously began drawing on opposite sides of Schuman’s brother-in-law’s sportbike.  The duo decided to name it Shiyonin, meaning “Servant of God,” reflecting their oriental backgrounds.  And with no professional background, Schuman and Lockhart, with a total of only 4 Sharpies,  uncapped their creativity and drew whatever came to mind!

You may want to take a second, third, even a fourth look at Shiyonin because every time you look, you are sure to find something new!  And no Sharpie fans, you are not seeing things- I asked and yes, that is the Michelin Man and Woody the Woodpecker!  Check out these pictures and learn about how Jesse Lockhart and Nick Schuman used their talent to create one AMAZING piece of work.

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Tell me a little about you and everyone who contributed!  My name is Jesse Lockhart, I’m a 25 yr old male and  Nick Schuman is a 27 yr old male.  Our wives definitely had a big role in contributing to this bike because alongside our 9-5 work week, we had to work on the bike after hours, LATE into the night.   One of our biggest contributors, we would both have to say is Jesus, for giving us the talent to do it.

How long have you been riding?  I started when I was 8 on dirtbikes, so for 17 years I have been riding.  Nick has been riding for 15 years, starting when he was 12, on an minibike.

Do you have an art background?  Professional artists?  We both have had artistic talent since we were young.  Our minds have always seen things differently that the most people don’t usually see – Curves, Colors, Shapes, Texture!  We are not professional yet, but we sport bike 6are well on our way to becoming full-time custom painters. 

What made you decide to Sharpie up this HOT bike? We are in the process of opening our own custom paint shop and we wanted to do something that would definitely stand out amongst the crowd and shine some light on our business.  This bike was actually done for Nick’s brother in-law, who was more than willing to lend a bike to get tagged when he heard the idea of a “Sharpie bike.”

Why Sharpie? Why did you go with Black & White?  Nick and I have always been big fanS of white vehicles ( Both of us and our wives all have white vehicles).  White is very clean and the bike itself is mostly black, so it was kind of a no-brainer that we would both want to do black over white.  All our lives we were told to never to write on anything with a Sharpie because it was PERMANENT, so when we had the chance to use a Sharpie on something big and important like a $10,000 machine, we were all over it!

About how many Sharpies went into this? What kinds did you use? Believe it or not, I had 2 markers and Nick had 2 markers and neither of them ran out!  We both had 1 fine tipped for outlining and 1 fat chisel tipped for filling in.

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Did you have a plan of what was going to be drawn? Tell me about the process!  NO PLAN!!! We both stepped back with a blank stare, he took one side and I took the other and we met in the middle.  Whatever popped into our heads went on the bike. Total improv.

I would be terrified to mess up…Who made the first mark?  How nervous were you?    We both started at the same exact time with both of us laughing at what we had got ourselves into!  We knew it was going to be a long process.   Then about 10 minutes later we started cracking up at the “squeeekie,squeeekie” sound that came from the tips of the markers- that never stopped.  It was hilarious…we weren’t nervous!

sportbike 5How many bikes do you own? Kinds?  I have a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 600. Nick traded his beloved Honda “Nicky Hayden Edition” RC51 in for his son’s new dirtbike.

Does anyone actually ride it or is it just for show?  Yes!  It is driven daily, we haven’t even been able to finish it.  He (Nick’s brother-in-law) was told to bring the bike back the next day for touchups and here it is a month later and it still hasn’t made it back (he just likes the attention)!

Any other designs in the works?  Yes, but it’s a secret for now.

 What’s next for the bike?  Lowering it, extending it, finish custom exhaust, and Sharpie the wheels.

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Be sure to visit Lockhart’s myspace page to see more photos of Shiyonin and the hard work that was put into creating the design. 

Also, look forward to the arrival of their new website http://www.shiyonin.com/

Designer for a Day with Zulu Creative & TOMS shoes!

Always Wanted To Design Shoes? Get Your Ticket Right Here!

zulu creI’m sure you all have seen the commercial for TOMS Shoes, featuring an attractive young man (Blake, the Chief Shoe Giver) operating a successful business while giving back to deserving kids.  Well, I know that ever since I saw that commercial, I wanted me some TOMS!  Not only are these shoes pretty sweet, but for every pair sold, another pair is given to a child in need! Now, I don’t know about you, but with a program like that, I should just exclusively buy/wear these kicks!  OOH Wait, wait, wait..business casual is required at work…okay I’ll buy a couple other brands but outside of the office TOMS it is!

Anyhoo, enough of me… I wanted to tell you about a super cool event that’s coming up at the end of the month!  Zulu Creative, a Houston-based niche marketing and brand development agency, is celebrating their 3rd anniversary by teaming up with TOMS to host Style Your Sole, a TOMS shoe designing party!  The event will provide children in need with a new pair of shoes and give attendees the experience of being a shoe designer for a day!  Pretty Cool!!zulu creative 2

How do you get an invite to this event?  WELL my Sharpie loving friends, not only do you have the option of adding “Shoe Designer” to your resume, it’s FREE, for all ages!  All you need to do is send a quick reply to RSVP@zulucreative.com. So GO!! Join the rest of the party goers at Zulu Creative’s 3rd Birthday Celebration & TOMS “Style Your Sole,” design some FLY KICKS and be a part of a great cause!  The partaay will be held at Spacetaker’s Artist Resource Center (ARC) at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street in Houston, July 26, 2009, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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If that isn’t enough excitement for you, guess who else is going to be there!?!  No, not Brad & Angie, even better, SHARPIES!! TONS AND TONS OF SHARPIES! I’ve been working with Tina Zulu, founder of Zulu creative, and have placed an order for literally hundreds of Sharpies – Paint Pens, Twin-Tips, Fine Point, Medium Point… and in aalll sorts of colors!  I’m pretty psyched to see what everyone is going to design with the STELLAR assortment of Sharpies and some hot pairs of TOMS shoes!

For more info. on Zulu Creative’s 3rd Birthday Celebration & TOMS “Style Your Sole,” TOMS shoes and Zulu Creative check out these sites:

www.TOMSshoes.com

www.zulucreative.com

Click here to read the full press release.  Or Check out the story in the July issue of Yellow MAG!

Get out there, Be Creative – Express your Individuality! ❤

Artists Are Coming to the Sharpie Spot!

I’ve made a new page for the Sharpie Spot BLOG! Take a look at the Sharpie Art! page and get a know a few of my favorite artists! 

 Here are a couple cool posters that I liked!  There are more on my new Page, so check it out and then follow the links to take you to the artists’ websites!

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Show off YOUR creativity at Sharpie Uncapped

A few weeks ago, a new website,  Sharpie Uncapped, was launched, which praises Sharpie users for their creative minds.

Ya ya, I’m sure you’re thinking, “This girl works for Sharpie why wouldn’t she claim to love this site?!”  Well before you throw me under the bus, you should know that even before I worked at Sanford, I loved this site, it’s actually really cool, especially in comparison to what other sites of the same genre have to offer.

3564645672_ae5ee11648What I like about Sharpie Uncapped is that it appeals to all different people.  Sharpie has always aimed a large part of their campaign towards moms, bc. yes, that is a main demographic, but THIS site appeals to…well, just about everyone! You name it: you, me, Snoop, “Speidi,” Tony Hawk, the ice cream man, Conan O’Brien (oh how I love Conan),…- Heck, even those guys from MilliVanilli!  Seriously, everyone can find something they like at SharpieUncapped.

If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself.  On site, you can browse through a gallery of artwork by professional and amateur artists.  Watch videos offering step-by-step instructions on creating one of a kind pieces including, T-shirts and shoes!  Or chat with other users about all the reasons you love Sharpies or even what you don’t like; get ideas for a summer art project; share tips on how to best remove an ink mark from your kitchen tile – the topics are endless, you decide!

Another cool feature of the site is called Web Ink.  I’ve heard a lot of people say they wanted something like this from Sharpie and YES, finally you have it!  Web Ink enables you to pick from an assortment of Sharpie products and draw a picture, write your name, whatever- as many times as you want.  And if you like your drawing so much that you want to download and print it, set it as your computer’s background, or email it to a friend, then you go right ahead and do that!

2971610831_c31b7944edWith Sharpie in common, visitors of the site are extremely supportive, receptive and complimentary of one another.  The site has reminded me that people actually enjoy praising each other for our strengths and accomplishments – it’s not a competition here!  SharpieUncapped is great because it’s all about sharing, being creative and showing your distinct style and personality.  I love that!!

I strongly urge you to check it out.  Have fun and see what people are doing with their Sharpies!

What is a Sharpie INKtern?!

Recently, I started a new job at Sanford as a Sharpie Inktern!

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What is an Inktern you ask? More or less, an Inktern is basically an Intern but to be honest, we are much cooler than your everyday intern (and believe me, read my About Me section, and you’ll see that I have the internship thing down to a T).  We work on some pretty awesome projects, get the inside on all the up and coming events and products, work with an AMAZING team of people, and not to mention get hooked up with a whole lot of cool product!

This summer I’ll be working on getting the word out about the new, interesting, and exciting ways consumers, like you, are using Sharpies!  I’ll be talking with different artists about how they have best incorporated Sharpies into their work, researching ways people show off their style and personalities by designing their own clothes, accessories, music, school supplies… you name it- all with Sharpies!

In addition to writing about how they are used, I’ll fill you in on new products, contests and events that Sharpie will sponsor and attend!   Plus, if you have a piece of Sharpie art that you find interesting, have created something  that is absolutely amazing,  or just want to express your love for Sharpies- I want to know about it!!

This INKTERNSHIP should be a great opportunity to learn and grow (hopefully get my career rolling too)!!