I have killed another soldier, a faithful old pen. He was but a commoner yet filled a many jacket, blackened a many hat, and darkened a many tie. Yes, I use a Sharpie, sometimes, for inking. I know it is not preferred and you may already be furling your brow at the low manner in which I behave but I have come to like the Sharpie. It is simple and consistent and widely available. I can carry them in a bag and are great for travel or quick works. I know my dirty, low class pen will never survive the test of time without any “archival quality” ink. It will wither and fade in the brash sunlight of west Los Angeles, but I don’t care, for it is a impotent artist who requires special tools. It is a sad artist who blames his tools. I too, once brandished a fancy Moleskine notebook of which holds glorious, legendary powers in hopes to harness the same genius that bled from Hemingway’s veins, hoping it would make my work magical. I too, once carried the famed Micron pen and the Staedler pencils, because no actual artist would dare carry (dare not say use) an unbranded, hideously yellow, #2 pencil of which is not even worthy of using the HB insider lingo. Alas, I still use India Ink, metal tip pens, and brushes but for most everyday workings I have squandered such dreams of Hemingway and draw many of my characters on the forbidden copy paper of which a common, gasp, digital printer might use. Sure, judgments are passed, scoffs and tisks are handed by those in the supply store. But I have work to do, dear critic; I have not time to wander the supply store in search of the lesser user of commoner tools I feel may need a lecture. Unfurl your brow, fellow inker, embrace your unorthodox use of illegitimate tools.