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Q&A with Don Clark from Invisible Creature

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Invisible Creature has been a well known illustration and design company for over a decade now. If you are in the design industry you have known of them for sometime. If you are not, you have probably still experienced their work in your local Target without even knowing it. From in-store graphics to the gift cards they’ve created and possibly you’ve even purchased.


They have done so much work in the music industry that you probably have a CD with their designs as well. Bands/artists such as Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Alice in Chains and Lecrae to name a few.


Or perhaps you have used these stamps from the USPS…


They also designed some posters for NASA including “The Grand Tour” poster that is framed in our offices. This poster lead to a call with Don Clark to discuss the possibility of a collaboration. One year after our first phone call we were excited to release the Creepy Scrawlers, the first collaboration project for Retro.



R51: Would you consider yourself a “pen” person? Have you ever received on as a gift?

DC: You know, before this project I’d have to honestly say no. I wasn’t familiar at all with “pen culture” since I essentially only use a stylus and pencil for drawing. I have some cool brush pens that I use on occasion but my work is created almost entirely digitally at this point. (Cue sad trombone sound here). And I think like most people, we find ourselves writing less and typing much more these days. We have a few ball point pens around the house but don’t give them much thought. This project with you guys was enlightening in many ways and made me think of pens in a whole new light!

R51: Did you know about Retro51 or the world of pens before this project started?

DC: I did know there were nice writing pens out there, but had not hear of Retro 51, sadly.

R51: Do you use a pen in day to day life? Doodling ,note keeping etc.

DC: I would say yes, I definitely do use a pen every day, but mostly it is to jot down a phone message at the studio or for a quick sticky note. I wish I had more time to doodle these days. I’d say 100% of my drawing time is for a client or specific project we are working on. If I am experimenting or sketching, that would usually be done on my Wacom Cintiq with a stylus.

R51: Did you find designing on the pen was difficult? or did it come together really well?

DC: Actually, it did present a few challenges that I enjoyed figuring out. Namely when it came to creating something that was going to be printed so small – and on a curve. Since we had so many characters featured on the pen (and the holder), I needed to make sure that certain elements didn’t become too tiny or obscure. I had fun playing around with stroke widths and sizes to determine how small I could go with things.


(Original Sketch)

R51: Do you have a favorite monster? or favorite 5?

DC: That’s like asking if I have a favorite child! Ok, Ok, it is hard but I think maybe this guy? He just looks soooooooo guilty.


R51: Did you ever surprise yourself with one of the Scrawlers you created? Like you look back and think “that’s crazy.”

DC: Well I do think it’s a little crazy that I haven’t counted the amount of monsters yet … I should do that. 

(R51: there are 17 monsters on the pen and 69 on the packaging)

R51: Did you name any of them? For some reason I felt like this guy’s name would be “Igor.”


DC: I haven’t yet but I think the guy above should be named “Benny.” He looks like a “Benny.”

R51: Do you think you’ll add onto these “Creepy Scrawlers” in any ways? Another poster or t-shirt perhaps?

DC: I’d love to do another series of all new creatures in a completely different color way sometime!

R51: If you were to design another pen theme what would you want to do?

DC: Yes. Birds! 

R51: Would you consider yourself a “pen” person now?

DC: Can I be a Retro 51 “person”? If the answer is yes, then I am definitely a pen person now.

R51: Big thanks to Don for working with us and taking the time to give some insight on this project! We hope you like your Creepy Scrawler as much as we do. To see more of their work check out their website. For help finding a dealer with these still in stock please contact us.


What is your favorite Scrawler?


Do you want to see more collaborations?


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Creepy Scrawlers by Invisible Creature

Just in time for Halloween…


The Creepy Scrawlers come out day or night and are ready to write around with you. Put them in your purse or pocket and take them with you to work or school and see what happens!* You cannot deny their mischievous smiles, googly eyes and sharp teeth, plus they glow in dark! Several fun monsters are printed around this Tornado Popper’s barrel and complete with matte black trim. Each rollerball pen is engraved with the limited edition number and limited to only 1313 pieces. They are packaged in a  FULL graphic tube with even more monsters covering it. Pick one up and be prepared for the adventures you’ll have.

*Retro51 and Invisible Creature are not liable for any mischievous behavior that may occur with them in hand.

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Retro51 is proud to work with Invisible Creature on this first Tornado Popper collaboration. We have long looked up to this design and illustration firm and we jumped at the chance to work with them. If you don’t recognize their name, you’re sure to recognize their work with Target, NASA, LEGO and Nike to name a few. Read more about the design and illustration duo here. Below is a small sample of their work.


If you need help finding this design please contact our customer service. Hurry though, only 1313 were made.


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New Tornado Popper – Old School


It’s back to school time so get stocked up on supplies and what’s more important than a fine writing pen! This new Tornado Popper is dedicated to growing and continuing to educate yourself whether you’re in school or not. When you pick up this twist-top rollerball you control your fate. You are the bus driver for your future. This fun design has been printed with graphics from a school bus and finished with matte black trim. Each pen’s top ring has been engraved with the serial number and topped with a stop sign finial. Old School is a limited edition of 1234 pieces so don’t miss this bus because it won’t be back tomorrow! And don’t forget your cootie shot.


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Space Race Apollo Fountain Pen

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission, and Retro51 is proud to present the Apollo Fountain Pen in celebration of the brave men and women who made such an achievement possible. This capped fountain pen is printed with graphics of the Saturn V rocket that launched the infamous Apollo 11 flight. It is finished with rose gold accents, limited edition number engraved on the top ring and graphic moon footprint on the top disc. It is limited to a total 1151 fountain pens worldwide and packaged in a commemorative tube. Pick up your Apollo Fountain before they also become history!
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Astronaut Scholarship Fund (ASF). ASF is a 501(c)3 non-profit that was created in 1984 by astronauts to encourage university students to pursue scientific excellence and ensure the United States would remain the global leader in science and technology for decades to come.
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The Shield – Tornado Popper


Police officers have the toughest job and we really need more than just one week to show our appreciation! The latest Tornado Popper is dedicated to the blue, to the men and women who serve and protect us. This rollerball’s central feature is an acid-etch police badge in a stonewashed pewter finish with police cruiser inspired graphics printed around the barrel. It is complete with stealth black accents, engraved limited edition number and top ring with shield print. Whether you are an officer, retired officer or the loving family behind them, The Shield is dedicated to you.

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A portion of  the proceeds will be donated to Assist the Officer Foundation – Dallas, Texas Chapter to help provide assistance to officers and their families facing any number of life-altering situations incurred as a result of the officer’s service. For more information on ATO visit


·         Rollerball refill – REF5P
·         Limited Edition of 1515 pieces (significant for May 15th – Peace Officer’s Memorial Day). 
·         Standard Tornado size
·         Printed graphics + acid-etched badge on the barrel
·         Top Disc imprint – Police Shield
·         Stealth Black accents 
·         Limited Edition numbering on top ring 
·         Graphic packaging tube

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Stan – Tornado Popper


Ice hockey is one tough sport. From skating around the rink on blades to slap shots that exceed 100 mph to checking and dropping the gloves, it’s not a sport for anyone worried about their smile. The latest Tornado Popper celebrates one of the oldest and toughest sporting leagues and championship trophy – the Stanley Cup. It has been designed after the hockey rink with the five rink stripes, nine face-off spots, two goals and skate marks printed over a clear semi-transparent acrylic. It’s finished with gloss black accents, limited edition number on the top ring and vintage goalie mask adorning the top disc. Don’t let this limited edition get by the 5-hole because it’s sure to score big with fans of The Show.

Available at participating Retro dealers. Email customer service[at]retro51[dot]com for help finding a dealer.



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NEW Tornado Popper – Birds & the Bees

Let me tell ya’ bout…


And the flowers and the trees
And the moon up above
And a thing called “Love!”

We could all use a little “love” and why not start with this fun Tornado Popper that’s sure to spread the love. You can’t help but write joyfully with this rollerball covered with love birds, butterflies, bees, plenty of flowers and even a stork delivering a bundle of joy. The barrel has been printed with a literal interpretation of the song complete with chrome trim, serial number engraved on the top ring and a bee printed on the finial. Each rollerball is loaded in a matching graphic tube and loaded with a special prize inside (sticker). Pick up one of these limited edition pens and you’ll be singing… Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees…  

Now available at Retro51 Dealers. Contact us if you need help finding a dealer.


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