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JALISCO GOODNESS


Saw these vintage goodies and KNEW they were right for the Booster Pack. Been lovin’ on Jalisco this trip, and Jalisco’s logo? A rainbow!

8 phat vintage crayons in candy-striped wrappers, plus 2 vintage El Dorado pencils with a golden barrel. Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Yeah, we think so!.

SHOP THE MEXICO BOOSTER PACK

OXXO FOREVER


Mexico gives BIG love to everyone – and we office-supply hunters got BIG love for Mexico. One vintage notebook, one double-tipped pencil, and a little somethin’ somethin’ we had created JUST for RAHstrs… It’s STMT X MEXICO!RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X USA KitRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X USA KitRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X USA KitRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X USA KitRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X USA KitRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X USA Kit

SHOP STMT X Mexico

RAHstrs have been asking us for a pencil pouch for FOREVER. When we spied some in a papelería, we knew we HAD to make ‘em happen for this kit. Hunted high and low, and finally we found the right match – Moises and Elizabeth. Instantly fell in love with them – you know when you meet someone and you just know that they’re good people? That’s Moises and Elizabeth. They handcrafted these custom pencil pouches, and we couldn’t be more stoked to share ‘em with all y’all.

Get your hands on one of these rad pouches (seriously, you DON’T want to miss out), and read the Low Down to hear all about the brimmin’-full-of-love sourcing trip.

"can’t stop the rad and hungry pencil on the LSAT. HUSTLING AT WORK" ~ Ellen Cassidy RAHstrs ask why we don’t list everything we include in an STMT Kit. The RAD AND HUNGRY pencils in the USA Kit, the pack of airmail envelopes in last year's Mexico Kit, the candy and tea in the Argentina Kit…Why? Because we love the surprise. The internet is handy and all – hunt down that obscure vinyl or track down your long lost friend – but sometimes not being able to find every little bit online is a good thing. ‘Cause really – when was the last time a surprise pencil brought you that much joy?
 
(photo Ellen Cassidy)

"can’t stop the rad and hungry pencil on the LSAT. HUSTLING AT WORK" ~ Ellen Cassidy 

RAHstrs ask why we don’t list everything we include in an STMT Kit. The RAD AND HUNGRY pencils in the USA Kit, the pack of airmail envelopes in last year's Mexico Kit, the candy and tea in the Argentina Kit…

Why? Because we love the surprise. The internet is handy and all – hunt down that obscure vinyl or track down your long lost friend – but sometimes not being able to find every little bit online is a good thing. ‘Cause really – when was the last time a surprise pencil brought you that much joy?

 

(photo Ellen Cassidy)

HEY, MR. POSTMAN!


The USA Booster Pack? It’s just beggin’ you to start writing some letters.

These vintage stamps (from 1962!) can NOT be missed. Celebratin’ the 50th anniversary of Arizona’s addition as the 48th US state, these beautifully textured bad boys were specially printed on a Giori press. Stick ‘em on one of the retro Air Mail envelopes (included in the Booster Pack), write up a letter using the American Naturals pencil (also included!) and get ready to impress the postman.

SHOP THE USA BOOSTER PACK

Crazy cool vessels made of pencils from Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika. Always blown away when someone can take a pencil, a daily diet good, and transform it into something far from basic. 

 

(via designboom)

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)

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.

 

(photos RAD AND HUNGRY)

GETTIN’ SCHOOLED

Navigating the hustlin’, peddlin’ beat of Stationery Square. Spanish skillz put to the test but we ain’t fooled. One light-bulb-moment pencil, one happy college notebook, and one phat pack of matchin’ labels – it’s STMT X CHILE!

SHOP STMT X CHILE

 

Fell hard for these notebooks the second we saw ‘em. Oh-so-bright covers sportin’ a happy dude on a bicycle? YES PLEASE. Brought us back to our school days – so of course we had to complete the full-on campus picture. A pencil to inspire your next genius spark, and labels to keep yo shit organized. College may be long behind us, but we still dig the vibe

If you were asked to design the brand identity and packaging for a pencil company, what would it look like? We know what designer and letterer Winston Scully would do… type driven and classy. Too bad Imperial Pencil Co. is a class project. We wouldn’t mind adding a one of the Imperial Pencil Co. boxes to our pencil box collection!

 

(via THE FOX IS BLACK)