Q: Tell me a little about your business.
Besnson: My day job, I make art for video games.
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?
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.
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. Our 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?
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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