Thanks for the prompt review! As a scientist and scientific educator, sometimes I appreciate the challenges that Mr. Tardiff likes to replicate with his inks even if there not aesthetically appealing. And then other times I'm very simple and "just want that perfect purple in bulletproof and nonbulletproof forms please"
Have you tried illuminating the ink with blacklight yet to see the blue tones? What happend with the blue UV-reactive tones when you did the water washes? I"m asking because it sounds like it could be really cool for a couple of my science intesnives. I love teaching basic chromatography, ink solubility, and the difference between fluorescence and phoshorescence. Then we have a cool spy science module where they study cryptography and sending secret messages. I love introducing the to Bulletproof and Eternal inks. I'll definitely order as sample, but sometimes that's not enough to fully test a course module.
TL;DR post about why I see both sides of the argument:
I see both sides to the argument, and I appreciate Nathan's quirkiness as he explains the inspiration behind his pens and inks/ink labels. I learn a lot of American history from a unique perspective.
I am the firstborne Vietnamese refugee; my parents fled South Vietnam when Saigan fell. I wound up growing up in a very small Texas town where we ere the only Asians because we were sponsored by the oldest Southern Lutheran church. What does such a weird background result in? I'm more familiar with Swedish, Norwegian, and other Eastern European cultures and foods growing up, I know contemporary American History starting with the first War in Iraq, and for whatever reason, I focused on European history and never really picked up modern American History.
It's funny growing up as a child of refugess because there's this complete gap in my knowledge between WWII and the late 80/early 90s. I've been slowly accumulating knowledge from my in-laws, but there's stlll so much I don't know. As such, I guess I see Noodler's inks as two birds with one stone: some inky alchemy as well as a personal dose of American history.