Why collecting Markers?
More than 20 years ago I got interested in graffiti and tagging – and that was how I came to markers. It was in the end of the 1980s when it became very popular in my class to write one´s name or “I was here” with permanent marker on tables, walls and everything else what seems to be adequate for writing on with permanent marker. The most popular ones were permanent markers from the famous German brand “edding”. The fad of writing one´s nickname or just “I was here” didn´t last very long, but influenced from graffiti tags in our neighborhood I and a couple of other guys started tagging.
I don´t want to spend much words about Graffiti but for those who aren´t familiar with the subject, graffiti is just about getting one´s name well-known on a large scale all over the city. What I was doing 20 years ago was at this early stage just tagging, no graffiti art in the narrow sense. My favorite tools for tagging were markers. Markers are easy to handle, don´t make any noise, other than spray cans for instance. And I loved (and still love) the opportunities of calligraphy style appearance, even if I quit tagging long ago. Well, my parent didn´t like tagging so much and they checked every time when I was leaving our house if I had any marker with me. So what could I do? Get every second day a new one! Sometimes I managed smuggling the new markers back home; sometimes I hide them outside. After I while I had a huge collection of markers of all kind of types. Wherever I was, I was looking for some markers suitable for tagging or doing sketches. And I found some really old markers back from the 1970s, long forgotten in some dark corners of dusty stationery shops… But retrospective I missed a lot of opportunities to get markers I would like to have now. I just chose the large ones. When I got the first – in Germany at that time hard to get – Artline Poster Markers with its huge 20 or 30mm nibs they were for many years the only markers I used for tagging. In the meanwhile I had also turned away from tagging to more artistic colorful painting… The markers from the beginning were already forgotten at this time. Several years ago I quit doing graffiti at all, ´cause it doesn´t fit with studying and working.
Today, I see markers as tools not for vandalism, but for artwork and design – or just as the marking tools for hobby, office or other applications, that markers are intended for.
Recently I discovered that there are people out there collecting markers. That was kind of surprising since most people I know just throw used markers away, even most of the graffiti writers I know. However, I kept almost every single marker I ever got… and some may be worth seeing, for those who are interested in markers…
I work on this blog just for fun and occasionally, and I still have markers to be posted. I don´t have much markers for trade, and I don´t sell any markers, but feel free to contact me if you´re willing to trade some stuff. You may use the pictures for noncommercial uses, but please link back to my blog. All pictures of the “Photo Shooting”-series (and some others) are copyrighted by photographer Timo Stammberger, who took the pics for a project we are working on. I did my best to name the sources of any pictures/scans I posted for documentary reasons on my blog only.
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