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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. 

See More Lunchbags!  http://lunchbagart.tumblr.com/

Contact:  Lunchbagart@gmail.com


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Meet… AJ Garcia


This is no ordinary 17-year-old. This man's got skills...

This is no ordinary 17-year-old. This man's got skills...

We are all looking to save money these days. Why not be unique at the same time? This upcoming senior knows what being unique is all about. Doodling and drawing since the age of 13, this young man has a canvas all his own, SHOES. Converse or Vans…you choose.
Q: How long have you been drawing?

Garcia: I’ve been drawing since I was 13. I was influenced by a graffiti drawing my sister brought home from school one of her friends did for her. Since then I’ve taught myself new techniques and forms of art there was to be learned. I would really like to explore the different types of art and things there are to be offered, but then again…money isn’t always around to help out. 

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Q: What are the main types of shoes you draw on?

Garcia: Plain white canvas Vans and High top Converse are the shoes I focus on the most for their material. High top converse and Vans are very useful for all the space they provide me with to draw. It’s so easy to draw on and works great with the sharpies. No smears or smudges except for water. That’s a big problem I have right now. Protecting the art. It would be nice if I could experiment with the different types of paints and art supplies to better my designs though. Other colored shoes aren’t great with multi colored sharpie art which is why I stick with white.

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

Garcia: Well I have tried pens and other plain school markers, map colors and pencils. No other writing utensils match up to the great sharpie. If only there were a greater variety of colors to choose from. I’m sure there is or maybe I just haven’t heard of them. But I love the easy glide sharpie gives when drawing on the shoe. It makes it so much easier than having to constantly go over the same spots again and again. Thin sharpies don’t bleed as much as thick sharpies do on the canvas that’s why I prefer them most. And sharpie also keeps its thick bold color on any surface.

Q: What specific Sharpie tools do you use? Markers, pens, etc.

Garcia: Since I discovered my talent for drawing on shoes from the beginning I’ve only been using thin sharpies. Once in a while I’ll use thick

Got my vans on but they look like sneakers...

Got my vans on but they look like sneakers...

 sharpies to save time for bigger spaces to be filled on the shoes. Everything I do is done free hand. I don’t use any stencils. As for measurements and shape placements, I just wing it and hope it comes out as I plan.

Q: How long does it take for you to complete a design on a pair of shoes?

Garcia: My last design took me three hours. And I believe that was the longest time than I took on any pair before. FYI my last pair was the pair with the Looney Toons and Cars on separate shoes that I just posted on the sharpie website. I have so many ideas and people’s opinions to help me out all I need is a great supply of materials to get the job done. Not only do I get to spend days and possibly my lifetime doing something I love but I also get paid for it.

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

Garcia's favorite... I think it's mine too!

Garcia's favorite... I think it's mine too!

Garcia:The Looney tunes design is my favorite. Since I came up with that idea I knew it was gonna be a seller. I loved the challenge and the different characters it involved. So unique. That shoe itself took me about an hour and a half. The first day I advertised them I got so many compliments, requests and phone numbers. It was amazing to me and flattering at how many people admired my shoes. It was definitely worth the time and always will be.

Q: Do you wear the shoes? Sell them?

Garcia: I wear the shoes every day. I only have a pair for myself but I wish I had the money to have a different pair everyday. I do sell them as well. Right now for very cheap as a matter of fact. 40 dollars isn’t much in my pocket. Especially when I have to keep providing myself with more supplies. I’ve been told by so many people though that I’m under-charging and that I could be charging near the hundreds and possibly more.


Q: Have friends or family asked you to draw designs for them?

Garcia: Everyday. I do do my family’s shoes for free

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

Garcia: Yes. Well, I’ve recently been offered a job in Corpus Christifor an underground clothing line. I don’t really trust the owners and my family knows how long I’ve been waiting for my time to be noticed. I’ve looked around so much and as far as this interview, this seems the closest I’ve gotten to being in that limelight. And even if this doesn’t go as I planned I’d like to thank you for requesting this interview and helping me out any way you can. Thank you.

See more of Aj’s Worhttp://www.myspace.com/ajgarcia19

Hit him up for shoes!  snbntaurelio@hotmail.com



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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.  

 Want to see more?:   http://showcase.sharpieuncapped.com/users/showprofile/253598

Contact Jennifer:  jhawkin301@aol.com

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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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What a Sharpie Can Do

I like sneakers. What I also like is being unique. On the SharpieUncapped site there are tons of unique individuals who have posted links and videos showing the creative designs they have put on shoes. This beats spending tons of $. Every chance I get I try to find a deal, plus at least I know that no one else has them!


-Sharpie Steph

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