british artist stuart semple has created what he’s calling the ‘blackest black ink’. otherwise known as ‘blink’, the matte ink is intended to be used for pen and ink work, calligraphy, paint markers, and brush pens. what’s more, unlike vantablack, blink is available to buy in 30ml bottles for just $15.99. in case you missed it, vantablack is one of the darkest known materials, absorbing up to 99.965% of visible light. in 2016, artist and sculptor anish kapoor bought exclusive rights to the paint, causing a bit of a stir in the art world and especially with stuart semple.
images courtesy of stuart semple
semple says that blink is bleedproof, waterproof, drip proof, mega-matte and stupidly black. the ink uses the highest quality pigments too, meaning a little bit goes a long way.
blink follows semple’s ‘pinkest pink‘, a powder paint that was created as a tongue-in-cheek response to anish kapoor buying the rights to vantablack. on his art supplies website, it reads, ‘this ultra-bright paint by stuart semple is available to everyone except anish kapoor! (who won’t share his black!)’ showing there’s no love lost between the two artists, kapoor even replied ‘up yours’ on his instagram.
you can find the blackest black ink, the pinkest pink, and more on culturehustle.com, an art supplies website created by artists for artists. just don’t get in touch if you’re anish kapoor… ‘rather than hoard these amazing creations to use all for himself, so that he and he alone could wield the power of the colouriest colours, stuart made culturehustle.com to share these potent concoctions of his with all artists (except one – his arch nemesis kapoor the colour hoarder).’
artist: stuart semple