While searchin for El Marko a few years ago I bumped in-to a wise wizard (His name was Cheech) he told me “There is magic in your quest for El Marko , be pure of heart and all shall be revealed ”
I could tell you what I know about these little sexy glass and steel baby’s but I have sworn an oath (To The Cheech Wizard) never to tell, so instead of me breaking my word to the Gods of the Marker world and the Infamous Wizard I will give you this this…….. because i dont want a kick in the balls (Cheech’s favoured method of punishment)
Lee Newman patented a felt-tipped marking pen in 1910. However, markers of this sort began to be popularized with the sale of Sidney Rosenthal‘s Magic Marker which consisted of a glass tube of ink with a felt wick. By 1958 use of felt-tipped markers was commonplace for a variety of applications such as lettering, labeling, and creating posters. The year 1962 brought the development of the modern fiber-tipped pen (in contrast to the marker, which generally has a thicker point) by Yukio Horie of the Tokyo Stationary Company.
Vintage magic markers
These markers are pretty amazing and very much a separate addiction on there own , the smell alone can transport you to a time when Graffiti was just a baby reaching for the thumb of the MTA, These have always been expensive pens im told so only the true of heart who racked them up would of had them, the colour palette is pretty amazing too ,i have a good selection in my collection but by no means do I have a whole set , there are other variants of these pens too , When they first arrived on shelf’s they came in only 6 colours i have seen these older pens but alas i have none as of yet.
Magic Markers are still made today and the company now resides in Manchester England I am told.
Steel is my favourite
United States and Canada
In the United States, the word “marker” is used, as well as “magic marker”, which is a genericized trademark.
In Canada and the U.S., “Magic Marker” is sometimes used to refer to “reveal markers” for “magic picture books” where the colours of a picture are revealed by a colorless marker. Sharpie is a popular brand of permanent markers used for labeling. Markers are also sometimes referred to as felt-pens or felts in some parts of Canada.
The use of the terms “marker” and “felt-tipped pen” varies significantly among different parts of the world. This is because most English dialects contain words for particular types of marker, often generic brand names, but there are no such terms in widespread international use.
In India, felt-tip pens are referred to as “sketch pens” because they are mainly used for sketching purposes whereas the permanent felt-tip markers are referred to as just “markers”. In Malaysia, marker pen is just called marker without the word “pen”. In the Philippines, a marker is commonly referred to as a “Pentel Pen”. In Indonesia a marker pen is referred to as “Spidol”. In South Korea and Japan marker pens are referred to as “sign pens” or “name pens”. In Japan permanent pens are also referred to as “Magic” (from a famous pen brand name).
In Australia, the term “marker” usually refers only to large-tip markers, and the terms “felt-tip” and “felt pen” usually refers only to fine-tip markers. Markers in Australia are sometimes called “texta”. “Texta” is a brand name of a type of permanent marker, which is sometimes used generically.
The common term for “markers”, in particular permanent markers in Germany is “edding”. Edding is the leading brand for markers and stationery. Another term used is “Filzschreiber” or “Filzstift” what means felt pen. It is more common for non-toxic and non-permanent felt pens for children. However, some permanent markers are labeled “Filzschreiber”.
In Spanish-speaking countries, the common word for marker is “rotulador”, or “marcador” and “plumón” in South American or Latin America countries. Hightlighting markers are known as “rotulador fluorescente”, “marcatextos”, “resaltador” or “fosforito”.
One would use the term “Sharpie” or “Vivid” only if using pens of those particular brands. The generic term for fine tipped marker is usually “felt pen” or “felts”.
Russia, Lithuania, and generally throughout the Balkans
The generic term used for most felt tip pens in Romania is “carioca” (pl. “carioci”), which comes from the brand name of the first felt tips being commercialised in Romania during the communist period. In recent times though the English word “marker” was coopted into the language (spelled as in English but with the plural “markere”) and is used especially when referring to the permanent and highlighter variety of felt tip pens.
The term “Koki” is used for both felt pens and markers.
Here’s the modern version of the magic marker Monami’s Oil magic ink , there still in the small easy to conceal glass bottle but the Metal parts have been replaced with plastic ,still ….at least the retro cream Bakelite look a like lids are a cool throw back to the halcyon days of Marker Magic.
You can find these Monami pens in Hong Kong but they are made in Korea so none of this no poisons bullshit , they smell deadly like a 1985 Edding 800/850 (that’s another blog entry in the making) the ink is lush and dark ..these Oil magic markers are the shit ……………..oooooooh fuck my heads spinning i left the lids off.
I also picked up possibly the smallest markers ever in these tiny (and I mean tiny) limited editions that have long sold out.
Check the pictures for pure full frontal marker porn.
Dam im all markered out …ooooooooohhh time for a cigarette baby ….. aaarrhhhhhh (lays back blowing smoke rings) Cigarettes are great after marker porn.