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An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Kevin and Gregg of 29th Drive are hoping to create a sketching revolution with their newest product, the Inkwell: a kit specially created for designers!

So tell us a bit about 29th Drive and Inkwell.

29th Drive is design firm; we design user experiences (aka "UX") in the digital space. Simply put, we design the stuff you interact with on screens! Our team at 29th Drive created Inkwell.

In short, Inkwell is a handmade sketch kit created specifically for web and app designers, filled with carefully curated tools and tips.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. London Bellman stumbled into a tattooing apprenticeship, and has since then become the owner of his own successful studio. He shares his story and inspirations below.


London Bellman

Can you tell us about yourself?

My name is London Bellman and I'm a tattoo artist.

I live and work from my home in Portland, Oregon. I bought our home back in 1999 and moved my studio there a few months after. Upstairs is home, where I do most of my drawings for myself and customers . Downstairs is the Atomic Art Tattoo Studio, where I work with three other talented artists. This will be our 20 year anniversary of being in business.

I was born in the Northwest, around the Seattle area specifically. Around the age of 5 my mother and I moved to Los Angeles, where I grew up in Redondo Beach.

In my youth I worked at a frame shop for a few years, surrounded by lots of art. I also worked in the toy sculpting industry for about five years, making prototypes out of clay and wax. That was when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the rage, I remember we made lots of those.

It was a great learning experience, but the wages were substandard and the owner and I often saw things differently. Frustrated, I quit on a whim in 1991 and it was the best thing I ever did.

A week later after sitting around pondering my next move, I started looking into tattooing as a possible career.




An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Alexis Marcou is a commercial illustrator who has produced stunning artwork for clients like Cisco, Nike, and Hewlett-Packard.

"BMW 6 Gran Coupe" from the "BMW Stand" project

Alexis Marcou
Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in 1984 in a city called Larisa in Greece, which where I was brought up.

I studied at the College of Art and Design in Plymouth, UK and since then, I have been doing freelance work for a range of clients.




An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Justin is an illustrator who is constantly exploring new mediums of art, from children's books to mobile games.

"Billy and the Lich" by Justin Woo

Justin Woo
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Justin Woo and I'm an illustrator from Montreal, Canada.

I graduated from a post-secondary Illustration and Design program in 2004 and have been working full-time ever since. I worked at a children's publishing company for many, many years before moving on and dipping my foot in the video game industry. I am currently a Senior Artist at a small mobile gaming company.


How did you get into illustration?

I pretty much knew I wanted to pursue a creative career at a very early age. My biggest influences growing up were comics/graphic novels and video games. As a teenager, I always imagined myself working in comics. That never really panned out. However, at the moment I do feel like I am right on the fringes of that particular community.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Veronika simply started doodling while studying one day, and her creative illustrations are now helping other students learn the best of the English language.

Veronika Hecko Wu
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Veronika Hecko Wu and I am the illustrator and designer behind Lexigrams, a fun visual approach to learning English vocabulary.

I grew up in Slovakia surrounded by words. The patriarch of our family was my grandfather, a translator who was always playing word games -- usually in multiple languages at the same time.