The Blackwing has proven that a pencil can be a pop-culture icon.
In the hands of Chuck Jones, John Steinbeck, Stephen Sondheim and others, the Blackwing has helped create some of the world’s most enduring creative works, and in the hands of fictional characters like Kinsey from Mad Men and Jaws’ Matt Hooper, the Blackwing has made its presence known visually as well. Its mark can be seen and felt in multiple dimensions of pop-culture and, if Palomino has anything to say about it, this trend will continue for years to come.
Creativity and innovation make up the fuel that propels our society forward. Whether that creative spark finds its way into the world in the form of a book, movie, song or idea, when you have a pencil that inspires the people who use it like the Blackwing, creativity and innovation can be found in scores. Just check out this list of creative icons who have used the original Blackwing 602:
- John Steinbeck, writer
- Chuck Jones, animator
- Stephen Sondheim, composer
- Nelson Riddle, arranger/composer
- Truman Capote, writer
- Vladimir Nabokov, writer
- Johnny Mercer, composer
- Faye Dunaway, actor
- Michele Williams, actor
- Arthur Laurents, writer/director
- Quincy Jones, composer
- Todd Field, director
- Leonard Bernstein, composer
- Archibald MacLeish, poet
- Iris Rainer Dart, writer
- Richard Rhodes, writer/historian
- Eugene O’Neill, playwright
- E.B. White, writer
- Don Bluth, animator
- Aaron Copland, composer
The list goes on and on. There are even those like John Lennon who were just rumored to have used the Blackwing (if you have proof one way or the other, let us know!). When there’s controversy and rumors surrounding what kind of pencil a person used, you know you’re dealing with something big.
Now, thanks to Palomino, there’s a new generation of Blackwing users; a legion of creatives who create using the new Palomino Blackwing and Palomino Blackwing 602. Artists like jazz musician and composer Christian Tamburr, Ren & Stimpy animator and creator Bob Camp and comic writer and penciler Sal Abinnanti have already become members of this new generation.
Who will be the next John Steinbeck, Chuck Jones or Stephen Sondheim?
The answer is up to you.