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Meet…Derek Benson


Mr. Benson is one creative dad.

Mr. Benson is one creative dad.

Guess What? Whether you like it or not, it’s BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON!! But this dad will make kids WANT, I repeat WANT to go to school and show off the most creative lunch bags in town. His kids get a new bag each day. Benson’s  images have been featured in Parents Magazine… and he’s doing it simply with a  good ol’ brown paper bag. Equipped Sharpie markers and a creative mind, this dad most definietly has “Uncapped What’s Inside.”

Q: Tell me a little about your business. 

Besnson: My day job, I make art for video games.   


Sesame Street Fans!

Sesame Street Fans!

Q: How did you come up with the idea?

Benson: I was setting the kids’ lunches up, I wrote their names on the bags…then things just got fancier and weirder.

Q: Which bag has been your kid’s favorite? What’s yours? 

Benson: So far the kids like “Robot Dinosaurs that Shoot Beams When They Roar.”   I like that one okay, too.

Q: Why are Sharpie products a good fit for this? futurama

Benson:  I would love to give you a good reason, but it simply never occurred to me to use anything else.  Sharpies have been a basic art supply for me since I was a kid.  “Awesomeness” is the reason.

Q:What specific Sharpie tools do you use?

Benson: Markers, pens, etc.  I use the black markers, and also the oil-based paint pens.

scooby doo

Scooby Doo fans!

Q: So you make these bags during your lunch break? When do you eat lunch? Multi-tasker eh?   

Benson: I make them during my lunch break, I make them at home while helping the kids with homework.  When I make them at home, I tend to get a lot of help.  My kids can’t resist art supplies.

Q: What do your kids do with the bags once they have eaten lunch? (Save them I hope )

Benson:  Sometimes they bring them back, sometimes they toss them out. yodaOur preschool teacher saves them, too.




Q: What was your reaction after learning that you would be apart of the “Sharpie Squad?”  

Benson:  I wanted a uniform, frankly.  With a cool hat that looks like a giant Sharpie marker.

 Q: Is there anything you haven’t drawn on a bag that you are just itching to draw? pokemon

Benson: Ha!  There are things I’d get in trouble for drawing and sending to school.  I try to keep it kid-friendly, unless a grownup relative has a request.  Sometimes people want images of classical art, which usually means naked people.  There are movie monsters I’d like to do, but they’re just too scary.  But other than that I don’t have a lot of filters, and grown-up stuff is never as fun to draw as kid stuff. 

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Meet… Jennifer Hawkinberry

This 29-year-old gets creative with her avatar on the Sharpie Uncapped site.

This Knoxville, MD native gets creative with her avatar on the Sharpie Uncapped site.


“I loved the art classes in elementary school, and that’s when I realized with focus and determination I could create beautiful pieces everyone could enjoy.”

This creative 29-year-old draws images that… as she says, “pop.” With a bachleors degree in art history, and a Masters degree in the Humanities from Hood College, this avid reader and movie-watcher makes work that also shows her love for bright colors and animals. Hey, she does have three chihuahuas: Buttercup, Snowy, and Cookie.

Psychedlic Tiger

Psychedlic Tiger

Q: How long have you been drawing? 

 Hawkinberry: I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember.  I loved the art classes in elementary school, and that’s when I realized with focus and  determination I could create beautiful pieces everyone could enjoy.  I took commercial art classes in high school, and in my free time I used to draw huge cartoon characters from coloring books and brightly color them.  I believe my ability to depict objects realistically began with analyzing the lines that made up the characters in my books.

  Q: What inspires you to create the images you draw?    

Hawkinberry: I really want to make pieces that pop.  I love bright colors and patterns, and I love to use them to show movement and perspective.  It’s fun to apply this element to animals, butterflies, flowers, etc, to show realistically depicted subjects in a unique way.  

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

Hawkinberry: Sharpie markers are great to use if you want vivid colors.  They’re easier to control than paints, and you can put light hues next to darker ones, i.e. yellow next to black, and they don’t bleed into one another.    

Q: What specific Sharpie tools do you use? Markers, pens, etc.Hawkinberry: I use the fine point sharpie pens for details like eyes or thin lines, but I use the regular markers for filling in large background areas.

 Q: How long did it take to create that peacock?

Hhmmm... is it mating Season?

Hhmmm... is it mating Season?

Hawkinberry: The peacock took about a week: a day to draw it, several days of sketches to figure out the right color combination, and several more to very slowly and neatly color the drawing, going back over all the colors twice to make them extra bright.

Q: What’s your favorite drawing you have made? Why?

Hawkinberry: I really love the Psychedelic Tiger drawing.  It completely captures the image I had in my mind of a stalking tiger ready to leap out of the picture. 

Q: If you were a Sharpie product, which would you be and why?

Hawkinberry: Hmmm….I’d be a fine point Sharpie—in yellow.  Yellow is my favorite color, so I could spread brightness everywhere.

Under the sea...

Under the sea...



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

  Hawkinberry: I’m always up for ideas for new images to create, new color combinations.  Feel free to send me suggestions or anything you think would make a nice Sharpie creation.  

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Uncap What’s Inside You!



Sharpie doll

There are so many creative people out there. The other inkterns and I are getting kinda jealous actually. I have never seen, heard or thought of using sharpies in the ways these people have. Artists and Sharpie fans alike have decorated on dolls, furniture, guitars, coffee cups and sneakers. What’s next? I don’t know but the SharpieUncapped site brings them to you everyday.

"Lesuami" and her tall Sharpie chucks!

"Lesuami" and her tall Sharpie chucks!


The neat thing about it is that if you or any one you know draws, sketches or doodles with sharpie, you too can download your work for the world to see! Let us see how creative you are! No really! We want to see it!

I told myself at the beginning of this internship that I would take hold of a few sharpies and a pair of white sneakers and see what I came up with. I’m still gonna do it and I’ll show you the finished product!

Alissa Johnson uses Sharpie on her coffee table.

Alissa Johnson uses Sharpie on her coffee table.


Many of the indivuduals who upload their images have been featured on the OFFCIAL SHARPIE BLOG! Yep. Sure have. Talk about great exposure and free press (all in the name of Sharpie!)



Uncap What’s Inside !

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Sharpie Pen… We’re More than Markers!

Hey you. Yeah YOU! If you haven’t heard already, SHARPIE MAKES PENS! Where have you been? Just kidding. But seriously, these pens are taking the world by storm. The pens come in colors: black, blue, green and red. They can be used for anything! You can journal, doodle, take notes for class and the ink won’t bleed through paper.

Did you read that?




                         Click the pen for more details!

color splashYou can see commercials about the pen on TV now. I saw my first commercial about them and felt so proud to be interning at Sharpie. Twitterland is going crazy! People are so excited and have to get one. Some tweets I’ve seen include, “Just saw a sharpie pen commercial, I’m in love!” and “Sharpie makes pens?! I’m getting one now!”

What do I like about the pen? Two things. The smoothness of the writing and it’s cute. When I use the pen, it simply glides across my paper. Not only does it not bleed through, it is simple and the ink does not rub off on my hand. The pen is also cute. It’s sleek and refined. I’ve said goodbye to all those fat, bubbly, unfashionable pens. I know you might be thinking, “It’s just a pen!” But seriously, having a pen that may last as long as my Sharpie marker?! I gotta have it.

Here at Sharpie, new ideas are being “uncapped” everyday, literally. And with all of this excitement, it doesn’t seem like the ink is gonna run out on the Sharpie pen any time soon.

So, grab a pen and Uncap What’s Inside!!


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