Maybe a year ago retail chain TIGER – Danish vendor of affordable kitsch and camp – held a selction of alcohol based twin markers. With a fine and a chisel tip it looked well made came in a palatable range of colours and as sets of three (greys, reds, yellows, etc.) at a price that seemed a steal. Bought a trial packet that seemed fine. So, hoping for an exceptional opportunity and bargain into the bargain, I went and got one set of each colour combination still available.
More’s the pity, as it turns out these markers are only filled with a bare minimum of fluid.
I was wanting to ink and colour the ‘Sweet Reign of Madness’ sketch. As you can see from the scan: on an A4 page the area right of the face was coloured in with a TIGER marker – looking ok-ish. Would have needed going over once more. If it had let me.
In the area to the left of the face I meant to go over the aqua blue Letraset Promarker with the same TIGER marker and it merely produced weak streaks.
What could be expected buying basically a rip-off, low-priced product? Well, not everything that comes with a lower price tag is necessarily bad quality. You’d expect them not to last quite as long as regular brand or maybe not to be quite as lightfast, with a nastier whiff of alcohol. But to go to the lengths of producing something that looks like a pen of decent quality and make it last less than five minutes of actual application does not encourage return custom. This could have been a decent beginner’s alternative to the pricier household names like Letraset Promarker, Copics, Prisma Color Marker and more affordable lines like stylefile.
This is the third marker this has happened with – the pen being exhausted before even a single sketch was finished.
There is a youtube clip by cartoonist Will Terrell on how to rescue your markers, which you can give a go. I most certainly will to try and squeeze some more life out of these markers now.
– Far from snubbing budget brands usually, I am all for using affordable materials where possible. The life cycle of this product, however, was too short by far
Not to mention the ecological implications. Sadly, there is no way these markers are holding up to the regular competition – in terms of longevity, at any rate. A decent marker can usually last you years. What would be a good way of mending the shortcomings of the TIGER Twin Marker? Sell them with a standard amount fill, sell refills. Charge higher prices per set but make them last longer.
Currently – from the experience I’ve had – I cannot recommend their purchase.
If you’ve had experiences to the contrary I’d be interested to know.