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Sharpie® is the iconic permanent marker designed for boldly original, brilliantly colorful, courageous, outrageous, infectious, borderline dangerous, luminously electrifying, expectation-defying, attention-drawing, awe-inspiring writing and marking that dare to stand out, draw a crowd, cause a scene, and make an unforgettable impression.

Is it an especially American thing, then, to love Sharpies? I never remember them being so common back in the other place, never remember a desk with more than one. The thick, consequential line, the line that expects compliance from all surfaces, the line that bleeds through half-decent paper and mars whatever’s beneath: it marks the place where assertiveness becomes aggression.