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An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Pranay and Paul are the masterminds behind the Apollo Pen and Tri-Scale: the ultimate drafting tool for engineers and designers.

Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

We both grew up in Ottawa, Ontario -- the capital of Canada. We went to the same high school together, and have been friends since we first met in Grade 10 History class.

Over the years, we've worked together developing and launching a wide range of products in many different fields: social media apps, web services, 3D printers and even a full- scale mobile TV solution for cable operators and sports stadiums!

Even right now, we're working on a bunch of cool new products that should be launching over the next year. We have a very loyal community of followers—both customers and partners, and we often offer them sneak peeks, giveaways, and product trials months ahead of the scheduled launch date.

An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Mike Vardy has written about productivity for many online resources, and believes that good old pen and paper are valuable tools for getting things done!

Courtesy of Derek Ford Photography
Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Mike and I'm a writer, podcaster, speaker, and “productivityist”. That means I'm both a productivity enthusiast and (at least for now) a specialist.

I was born in Hamilton, Ontario but make my home in Victoria, British Columbia with my amazing and supportive wife, daughter, and son.

It seems like you're everywhere! How many sites do you write for?

In the past I've served as the Managing Editor at Lifehack, a site that shows you how to streamline your life and increase productivity in areas ranging from communications and social situations, to gadgets and personal finance. I've contributed a total of 122 posts to the site, and enjoy sharing tips and tricks that I discover in my own day to day life.

I've also contributed articles on productivity to Lifehacker (a different site), The Next Web, SUCCESS Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more.

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.