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Aesthetic, Avant-Garde, Bricolage, Sentimentality, Sublime, and Sfumato – Six Keywords Pencils from The School of Life. The Visual Arts Pencil Set comes with 6 pencils, each pencil imprinted with one of the six words, and a booklet that explains each word and why it was selected. Other sets include Literary Criticism and Psychoanalysis. LOVE.


(photos via The School of Life)

Simple and totally functional. LOVE the Clicktape by dutch designer Derk Reilink. Do we really need a tape dispenser that eats up half our desk? Not us. We got way too many rad office supplies to show off! 


(via designboom - photos Derk Reilink)

Hilarious commercial for BIC permanent markers. Mary… Change your telephone number! 

Some of our fave photos from RAHstrs of their STMT X France goods! Wanna see more? Check it.


Loud-and-proud tackiest of tack to too-cool-for-school VIP of VIPs – a clash of culturesmeant to be. One in-yo-face ballpoint pen pencil, one notebook worthy of a Korean drama, and one smooooth felt tip pen – it’s STMT X KOREA!



Korean culture be all about the contrast. In Seoul, we’ll go from buyin’ the gaudiest of shirts (cream with phat cobalt stripes and an owl photo transfer and big pearls glued on it… ooooh yeah!) – to checkin’ the fanciest T-shirt you’ll ever see in a high-end concept shop. It’s the dueling contrasts that make us love Korea so much.


So for our 3rd Korea Kit, we said “Hellz yes!” to that contrast. From notebooks with over-the-top amaze-balls graphics, to one of the finest felt tip pens we’ve ever spied – the Korea Kit has got it ALL goin’ on!


Shop the Korea Kit, and read the Low Down to hear about the culture clash that happens when a Korean American heads to Seoul.

First BIC, now rOtring… but we’re not complaining. We love that classic companies are staying current by offering new goods. More rad to add to our collection of writing instruments!! 


Super lovin’ the new rOtring 800+. A mechanical .7mm pencil on one end, stylus tip on the other.


(via CoolHunting)

The Fine Line Between Hoarding & Collecting


A three-part system for fighting the good fight between the two.

What’s the difference between a hoarder and a collector? A hoarder leaves everything in uncontained piles that spill into all areas. A collector keeps their shit organized.

My father started my record collection and fed it weekly. When I was in the 4th grade, he gifted me his entire stamp collection. Why? He couldn’t handle seeing his stamps not perfectly lined up after I tore through his albums. Thankfully my mother was a pro at keeping house. Never a dirty dish in the house, not a spec of dust on any surface, vacuum cleaner marks on the carpet – always. If it wasn’t for my mother, my father would be hoarder, not a collector!


Me? I’m forever straddling the line between hoarder and collector. I collect pencils, sugar packets, and hotel do-not-disturb door signs. I’m a numismatist (banknotes and coins), phillumenist (matchbooks), tegestologist (beer mats), and philatelist (stamps). Seriously – what don’t I collect?

Oh, and pencils. So so many pencils. The RAD AND HUNGRY collection is massive and it’s nonstop growing. We discover new styles every sourcing trip, and I can’t resist them. I must have them all! But my obsession with pencils was quickly turning me into a hoarder. Didn’t matter that we’re constantly going through our inventory, our pencil collection was out of control.

We needed a way to organize the pencils, making it easy to find what we’re after and to rediscover what’s in our collection. Inventory software is nice, but sometimes it’s just faster and easier to handle the pencils than search the database.

So how do we do it? A three-part system. The first is simple and used for archiving every type of pencil in our collection – yes, one of every pencil we’ve ever purchased. The pencils are organized by color in Bonne Maman jam jars. Yes, jam jars. I love their jam and the shape of the jars, so $5 a jar is totally worth it.


The second system catalogs our pencil inventory – the stash we include in Pencil Packs, Rad Bags, or custom kits. The pencils are organized by category and stored in 35mm film strip protectors, all housed in binders. It’s super helpful for viewing – by company, style, country, color, etc. We use Clear File Archival Classic protectors. $4.95 for a pack of 25. So many options for binders, but we keep it simple – 1.5” Avery Heavy Duty binder in black. $7.95+. Depending on your style and budget, you can find binders as low as $2.


The last system is for storing our special stash – rare finds, special occasion, vintage pencils – and pencil boxes that I can’t bear to toss. The pencils are organized inside pencil boxes that are then placed in a vintage Logan metal 35 mm slide storage box. I found our first metal storage boxes for $2 each at a local thrift store. You can find used and new ones online ranging from $10 - $45 per box. (But seriously, check out that local thrift shop!)


Do you collect pencils or pens? How do you store them? Post photos to our Facebook wall or tweet at us so we can see how you do. Maybe your system will help us fight the good fight between hoarding and collecting.



Scored so much awesomeness hunting down office supplies in Chile. Have you checked our shop this month?!


Rad cover on these vintage 70’s memo books looks like some badass Trans Am art. Specifically designed for students and professors  to exchange notes – and Chile be the only country where we’ve found them! 64 numbered pages including a page for your class details, schedule, and “Decreto no 313”. Somebody needs to translate the Decreto for us!


(STMT X Chile Sourcing Tripphotos RAD AND HUNGRY)

Happy National Eraser Day!
What’s your favorite eraser? Our current fave? The Viking eraser included in our Denmark Booster Pack! 

Happy National Eraser Day!


What’s your favorite eraser? Our current fave? The Viking eraser included in our Denmark Booster Pack! 

Happy National Pencil Day! 

We got too many favorite pencils that we love. If you were to force us to chose… we’d have to go with a few pencils in our heavy rotation – the BIC Tropicolors 2, Viking Element, Vintage Scripto Thinline, and Happy Time 12 colored pencil set.


Do you have a favorite pencil? We wanna know what it is – please share a photo of it on our Facebook page or tweet at us @radandhungry. Thanks!