One Sharpie to Rule Them All!
May 30, 2007 8:59 AM   Subscribe

What's the most permanent marker pen in the universe?

Specifically, if one were to be going to comic / sci-fi shows and drawing on / signing shirts for people, is there a more permanent ink than Sharpie Industrial (amazing funes) or Rub A Dub washable pens? (bonus points if it's permanent after being drawn over silk screened areas and can be washed)
posted by clango to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've heard anecdotally that Bic permanent markers are more permanent than Sharpies, but I've never noticed a big difference personally.
posted by amyms at 9:07 AM on May 30, 2007


Or if you're writing on t-shirts, what about fabric markers?
posted by ALongDecember at 9:09 AM on May 30, 2007

Maybe the Dixon Redimark Permanent Marker. It has non-toxic, odorless ink and won't bleed through paper.
posted by Sailormom at 9:15 AM on May 30, 2007

Not sure how good it would be for writing on fabric, but this pen could be used as a chemical weapon.
posted by chunking express at 9:15 AM on May 30, 2007

I have ruined many a shirt (accidently) with Sanford King Permanent Markers. And despite many washings, still not fading. Bonus uses include covering scuffs on black high heels in a pinch.
posted by banannafish at 9:16 AM on May 30, 2007

Paint pens
posted by valentinepig at 9:19 AM on May 30, 2007

'Industrial' Sharpies are, in my experience, slightly more permanent than the regular ones.
posted by box at 9:33 AM on May 30, 2007

Oh, heck, I somehow missed the word 'industrial' in your question. Okay, then--Krink is more permanent than Sharpie ink, but it's drippy--that's part of the appeal--and so I don't think it's as well-suited to signing t-shirts.
posted by box at 9:44 AM on May 30, 2007

I use Pigma pens to make labels for quilts and there's no discernible fading after multiple washes.
posted by Addlepated at 9:48 AM on May 30, 2007

I have a t-shirt signed by the lovely folks from Yo La Tengo using a standard large tip Sharpie and its still legible (but very very faded) after almost 8 years. The shirt itself is almost falling apart from use and washes so the marking has held up pretty well.
posted by elendil71 at 9:51 AM on May 30, 2007

How about some of those pens filled with gel ink? The types that are silver or gold colored and are used in craft activities?
posted by humblepigeon at 10:39 AM on May 30, 2007

I don't have a lot of experience with them on fabric (other than accidentally marking up my lab clothes) but Lab Markers available from VWR are not only waterproof but alcohol proof (Sharpies wash right off in EtOH). The downside is that the "fine tip" may be too small for your purposes and they have strong smelling fumes.
posted by rosebengal at 10:56 AM on May 30, 2007

I'd be careful of using some of those markers on skin.
posted by sebastienbailard at 12:25 PM on May 30, 2007

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