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Collector: Joedigger

Today i’m glad to post a new collector review, Joedigger, who have a very nice Mop collection. Here a few pics and questions, i hope you like it.


Hi, first at all thanks to send these terrific pics, please let us know when you beggin to collect markers? and why?

I began to collect markers as far as i have been writing graffiti! I have always collected everything, from basket-ball cards to Mickey Magazine, and the biggest of them all, my spray paint cans collection, but that’s another story!

Where you come from? It’s hard to found new additions in your town?

I come from Lille, in the North of France, near Belgium, one of the greatest country to dig in.

I’m collecting spray paint cans, and in the places i dig you always find old paint, old mops, old markers, old things, so i take them all. I clean the place.


Where you found Spotty? is nice to see this paint dabber refilled with ink, it works? what about the foam tip? Is solvent resistant?

You can find the Spotties almost everywhere, it’s a child, water-based type of squeezer, the original color and texture of the ink is really cool, and smells good! In fact i’ve known them before the actual, graffiti-specialized squeezers. They’re a little bit too dull but they resist solvents, and they don’t leak.

You have a very nice mop collection, do you have any suggestion about the best brand or tip shape?

The best Mops i have ever found were the Sipratic Mops, which were very used by parisian writers during the 80’s and 90’s. They were so ergonomic, with their two sides mold to place your fingers. It was the first mops i used, i hadn’t had the idea to keep them. I gave the other one to a friend. And like 5 years ago, a stock had been put in place in the shop i used to steal them in, despite the brand had been dead for like 5 years ago! But i don’t know i didn’t stole one…

The regular brands have a great shape, i only use round tips, they make such beautiful tags…Props to Azyle in Paris for his career by the way. He’s the greatest ambassador of french mops!


I like it very much the Baranne and IdeCuir boxes, what they content?

The Baranne only contents a shoe cream, Idecuir contains a little cleaning bottle, and a great mop, with what looks like a home-made tip, with a piece of tissu.


What call your atention of a mop? the label design, the bottle shape, the tip?

The capacity of the mop is primordial, cause mops tags need a lot of ink. After i look closely at the hermiticity of the cap, cause i’ve been fucking up so many jeans..!

In other words, what need a mop to increase your collection?

A mop need to have a little design from back in the days, or a picture of a 70’s lady, with blond hair and bright smile, Farah Fawcett Style!!! RIP!


In your email yoy say that you love Home-made inks, that’s great!
Please do you have any recipe to share with all the readers of this blog?

I keep my mixtures secret like any good chief! But i have simple tactics, and basic ingredients. You only have to know which ink to mix with which pigment. My favorite ingredient is the french fuschia Corio. Corio was, like Flo-master, a so-deep colored ink, when i see tags from back in the days…It’s incredible. Nowadays it’s watered shit. But the fuschia is still good. I have found one day like 10 Waterman’s 1 litre bottles, and i’ve launched the ink directly from the bottle to the wall, well after like 15 layers of spray paint you still saw the green Waterman ink getting over them. My favorite inks are Jet, so black but not hard to buff, Fuschia Corio and some burgundies of my own. You have made the best ink when it makes littles holes, as if she was breathing. Azyle had crazy home-made inks, with those holes in it.

Do you have any anecdote about amateur chemistry?

Yeah, trying to fill a Spotty with spray paint Silver, spraying in the bottle. I don’t know why but silver and gold paint are so cold!!! Try the experience, they are cold when get out of the can, it’s mysterious…Plus i hadn’t think that spray paint will keep some gas in the bottle, and when i opened the fresh silver-filled spotty it pops out like a devil from his box, and, man, it was silver time everywhere in my room! I have fucked up so many clothes, so many tables, so many sneakers trying to make the best ink. I am able to tell every ink and every paint i have on my jeans!


I like it in the last picture, the bottle with the red label seems a liquor, Where you found it? seems very old!

Hum…i have a doubt, i’ve been in so many places…Ithink i found it in a little shop near Lille, a very old shop, opened since like 1946. I went there a lot of times, always finding new stuff, or just listening to the old man second war story.

In onlyMarkers we love markers, but also other objects that could be used to write (for exemple Waterguns, cleaning brushes, …) Do you have any strange tool in your collection? Whats the weird stuff you used to write?

I used to write with blood, urine, food…At a time i was stealing so much ink that i wrote directly with the bottles, which had a very thin way out, so i made tags so drippy you was unable to read my name, it looks like a dog piss! You could just guess it from the shape of the top of my letters, if you know my tag!

The first interview in onlyMarkers are about KR and his brand KRINK.
What do you think about his products and from all the other “Graffiti art brands”?

It’s hard to find it in Lille, we only have one graffiti shop, i’ve been able to put a hand on some diagonal shaped tip silver marker, it’s cool but the cap is weird and close bad.



Thanks Joedigger for this great answers, i really enjoyed this interview and i hope all our readers too!

more info:


Cargo, The Marvel Pen

Hi world.

here we go with a new post about an old marker.

I found it on eBay few years ago. Its manufactured by Cargo maybe 20 YbG (Years before Graffiti).
I don’t know anything about the brand, sorry, but i have some pics to share with you.


The entire set: Box, ink bottle, marker and a pipette.


The box and all the other elements are totally broken. like as reported on item description :)


I like it so much the cap. Useful and cold.


Detroit, Home of Cargo Inc.


Look the shape of the piece to hang the marker.


The nib is really simple. The roots.


Dirty Pipettes. This blog is turning too much fetishist. Sorry.



Cube tip is great for tags. Made in U.S.A, i miss the flag.


The tiger side of the box.


And the Nicest side over there, Instant dry, writes dry, dries the nib as well…


Old Markers are nice to see it, but a disgrace to save it in a room full of things. Because is old and you need to take care of him. I prefer plastic markers because is better to carry and are less heavy. But is nice for a marker collection.

Thanks for your time, see you soon there.

PD: This Blog is non periodic. Is more like a website with regular updates.
Sometimes i spend so much hours reading on my RSS Subscriptions the same post everywhere, i prefer an slower kind of Internet surfing :)


Marsh Rolmark

Hi world,

today want to post a very nice invention.

The Rolmark of Marsh (Related post HERE). Marsh is a marking tools company from Illinois, US.
The common use of this amazing weapon is stamp over a stencil to mark boxes.

Well, is difficult to explain. But maybe you remember the “Made in China” lettering in the cardboard boxes. Those big stamps are made with marsh Stencils and Marsh Rolmarks.

A few pics:


Bling Bling marking.


Fountain Roller, true drips.


How to.




Use Rolmark inks.


Nice shot. I love unused markers.



This one i have because a friend of mine steal it in a printing tradeshow 10 years ago.
He save it clean for a lot of time till i show to him my small collection.
I show the Marsh brush and he said: Do you remember the roller from “Graphispack”? Still in somewhere from my parents home, let me ask…

Maybe two weeks later my collection grows up with this very nice tool. Thanks Sensible, you’re great!

Sorry again for the delay between posts, i don’t want to run this blog like a news portal or trend catalog. I feel this blog more like a striptease, slow, but always surprising.

Thanks again for the support!

And have a nice holidays!!


Johnson’s Shoe Polish

Hi everybody,

today i gonna talk about one of my favourite markers. I found it on eBay, a long time ago for less than you can pay for this kind of jewel. I did’nt remember exacly but i think i pay more for the shipping than for the marker itself like is usual.


Western Kawaii.


Johnson’s Wax left the shoe polish market but still selling cleaning products worldwide.


This is the trend of the last 4 years in the graffiti writing. Squeezable round tip markers.



I don’t know, i have been posted many different markers since i open this blog. But only a few was buyed in a graffiti shop. I get updated of all the new arrivals from “graffiti brands” and sometimes i have some dejavu. Not everything it’s invented, but almost yes and i prefer the original. I love markers, but with all this time in this blog i realise what i really love; antiques.

I’m a graphic designer and i’m shure i did’nt have the capacity to turn a very hard label shape in a pierrot head. Instead is a product for kids. I simply can’t and it hurts.

Because looks amazing. Thanks old times! Thanks for all the graphic designers with this skills, our life is better and more funny! And of course thanks for you to visit onlyMarkers!


Hola a tothom!

Avui vull parlar sobre un dels meus rotuladors preferits. El vaig trobar a eBay ja fa temps per menys del que pagaries per una joia com aquesta. De fet crec que vaig pagar més per el enviament per el producte en si, cosa habitual per altre banda.

No sé, he escrit sobre molts tipus de rotuladors desde que he obert aquest blog. Però tant sols uns cuants els he comprat a botigues de graffiti. Estic al dia de les novetats de les marques de productes per el graffiti i algunes vegades tinc “dejavu”. No es que tot estigui inventat, pero gairebè i jo prefereixo els originals. Adoro els rotuladors, pero crec que amb el temps em començo a adonar que el que realment m’agraden son les antiguitats.

Jo sóc dissenyador gráfic i estic segur que no tinc la capacitat de transformar una etiqueta de forma complicada en el cap de un pallasso. Encara que sigui per un producte per nens. Simplement no puc i fa mal.

Perquè queda perfecte. Moltes gracies als temps passats! Gràcies a tots els dissenyadors que tenen aquesta habilitat, la nostra vida es mes divertida! I gràcies a tu per visitar onlyMarkers!


Hola a todos!

Hoy quiero hablar sobre uno de mis rotuladores preferidos. Lo encontré en eBay ya hace tiempo por menos de lo que pagarias por una joya como esta. De hecho creo que  pagué más por el envío que por el producto en si, cosa habitual por altro lado.

No sé, he escrito sobre muchos tipos de rotuladores desde que abrí este blog. Pero tan solo unos cuantos los he comprado en tiendas de graffiti. Estoy al día de las novedades de las marcas de productos para el graffiti y algunas veces tengo “dejavu”. No es que todo esté inventado, pero casi y yo prefiero los originales. Adoro los rotuladores, pero creo que con el tiempo empiezo a darme cuenta que lo que realmente me gustan son las antiguedades.

Yo soy diseñador grafico y estoy seguro que no tengo la capacidad de transformar una etiqueta de forma complicada en la cabeza de un pallaso. Aunque sea un producto para niños, no puedo y duele.

Porque queda perfecto. Muchas gracias a los tiempos pasados! Gracias a todos los diseñadores que si tenian esta habilidad, nuestra vida es mucho más divertida! Y gracias a ti por visitar onlyMarkers!


Donald the marker

Hi world,

today i have a nice glue marker from Tixo, a 80ml.
The point of this gem is the shape of Donald Duck.

And the fact of that marker is a gift of my girlfriend, she have a lot of skills in the flea market hunting!
I love you!


I don’t know hou to use it to write in vertical surfaces, but ill works very nice to make tags on the floor.
I love the orange cap, too simple, lovely. I like it also how raw is the plastic and the paintwork.

With this post i try to share my love to weird markers, i hope you like it.


Tixo Kleber that means Tixo sticky.


What about the famouse brown hair of Donald Duck.


Refusable: Orange. I love it.


The useless cap in the marker industry.


Godbye Donald, bye bye people.

See you next time.


Nero d’Inferno

Hi people,

Today i gona talk about one of the milestones of european writing.
The most common ink before the Graffiti-marketing Era. And a very good example of a product that graffiti keep alive. Because i’m shure the main production of this product is’nt to die leather. It’s used to burn the cities.

Nero d’inferno, his comercial name, means “hell’s black” in italian, but his color is not very black, is more like blue-grey. In former days, the formula was totally killer, but a few years ago to pass the new registration of harmful components need to leave that strengh to have the certification and the color fades to the current “color”.

The fame of the products don’t fall, this ink still one of the Best sellers, because it’s cheap and raw, you can disolve pigments or dies inside the bottle to have your own ink formula, that is very interesting. In my point of view…

I don’t know so much about the brand that produce Inferno, only the name Chimica Unione and his location, Milano.



Many, many, many tags, with a liter and a quarter…


It’s really sad to don’t smell his perfume from your computer… it’s awesome.


And the color range have also blue and red, of couse to die your shoes.
Everybody wear red shoes…


Dear Mr. Unione (chairman of Inferno), please turn back to your old formula!!
But more important, don’t check the prices of your competitors!!!!


Best regards to everybody, sorry for the delay between posts!
And thanks for the support!


Patented treasures.


tonight i want to introduce many new and old markers.
Some of them have been on sale but some others no. But they have something in common, are Patented products.

During my school years i hate the Technical drawing, because i’m too dirty to keep the draw well finished. I taste the last days of Rotring, trying my best to don’t mess up the whole drawing in the last line. And i have a total fanatism for the things that i can do. And looking arround on internet i found two of my favourite things, markers and super descriptive drawings.

Here a few examples…


Fountain Fiber pen from 1937. I like it the wire drawing.


B.B. Goldsmith, goodfather of mechanical pencils since 1887.


1916 Pump Marker.


Ball Bingo Dauber.


More views.


4 Level Ball Bingo Dauber, but is not from the same manufacturer…


How to use a Bingo dauber. Lesson 1. I love the fingers…


We are waiting for the square tip (2 colours?) marker …
Very nice letters. Seems Proto-ASCII.


An illustration that show where to place the elephant.


Well, we don’t only love markers, …


Definitely no.


We also love old,


… and modern “Water” Guns.




Whats this?


If somebody have any idea please post in the comments… :)


Correction fluid


and Shoe Polish.


Are welcome too!!

All those incredible drawings have been found here: Google Patents.

Everything has invented, you only have the choice of how to use it…

Have a nice MAY 1.

best regards.