Needs more Flair
An ode to the humble felt tip pen and impermanence
Today I wanted to write an ode to the humble Paper Mate Flair, an ubiquitous felt tip pen that is easily purchased at any office supply store or stolen from any office supply closet.
When the pens are new, they have a hard, thin line, but if you want the kind of fat line that I love, you can break the felt tip in quickly just like a Sharpie.
I stopped using the Flair pen years ago after putting a notebook through the washing machine. The ink in Flair pens is water-based, so everything written in Flair was dissolved from the page, but everything in permanent ink or pencil mostly survived. I got spooked by the ghost pages and switched to using pencils and pens with more permanent inks, like my beloved Pilot G-2 bolds.
But in the past few weeks, I have let the Flair back into my life…
Keep reading with a 7-day free trial
Subscribe to Austin Kleon to keep reading this post and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives.