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Ink View: Margi Gras Indians Purple: An Ink Homage To One Of Many Mardi Gras Secrecies!


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Ink View: Margi Gras Indians Purple: An Ink homage to one of MANY Mardi Gras Secrecies!

 

So here we have the 4th installation of the limited edition inks. I would have liked this to be ready to go before the launch of the ink (gone by now) a couple of weeks ago, but the mail system here in Canada hasn’t been that kind, however it is picking up now J and as I am putting this up I will be getting the sample of the next one up Garden District Azalea, so look for my view on this one in a couple of days!

 

PS: A quick peek is at the end !

 

Once again a big thanks to Papier Plume for sending me this sample, this is a really nice purple and one named after another good piece of history.

 

And off we go!

 

The Mardi Gras Indians (The brief – brief history)

The Mardi Gras Indians is one of many New Orleans secrecies, and one of that surrounds the Mardi Gras festival. The Indians are made of African-American communities that had taken the name Indians in honor of the native Americans who during the time of oppression and slavery assisted in their freedom.

 

Sounds nice and all, but at the beginning (and it seems that it was around a century ago, the different Indian organizations (tribes) had their disputes, and these were often violent and used the Mardi Gras to “settle” those scores as the police would have had a difficult time to do their enforcement as a result of the overly crowed city and busy streets that the Mardi Gras festival would bring. Now all is in the past.

 

Today seeing Mardi Gras Indians are one of those things that if you go attend the Mardi Gras, and you are not attentive, you’ll miss. Their parades are not scheduled, happen at odd times and at random locations.

 

The tribes will form a krewe – a group task with the parade – who will then give themselves a name for that moment. There will be a leader – The Big Chief who will guide and decide where the parade will go, and if the tribe meets another tribe there is an exchange between the tribes, this is reflected in dance (based on traditional African dance movement), singing and a little taunting of their suits.

 

Their suits (not costumes) , and this is where our purple will be coming from, are full of vibrant colors resembling Native American ceremonial apparel. This apparel is made out of elaborate intrinsic designs, using a variety of materials, including feathers, beads and sequins. Some of the suits will take months and months to prepare, and will include a hefty amount of symbolism embedded within.

 

So what does Indians’ suits look like? Something like this:

 

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This is just one of the many and unique expressions of a Mardi Gras Indian’s suit, as each suit is particular to that Indian. Would this then mean that there are many expressions of colors including the purple? and that may vary from suit to suit, correct? Correct. So what about PP’s ink? Well let’s just say that it falls (in my opinion) in that middle part of the spectrum of purple. But let’s see more in detail!

 

The Mardi Gras Indians (The ink view) – Purple

The 4th installment, out of five, that were intended to commemorate the city of New Orleans. Mardi G-P (for short ;) ) follows the previous inks of this line: Street Car Green , Calle Real and Sazerac. A purple ink that reflects the color found on that of Mardi Gras Indians’ suits (see pic above).

 

Here is how the production bottles looked like

 

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And here is the Swab

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From a first glance you will notice a couple of things: some degree in shading , looks like this is a little more saturated that it’s previous counterparts, and some feathering!

 

Let’s look at this more in depth

 

So how I looked at this view?

Pens:

I used three pens this time One fine/EF (Platinum President – Fine Nib ) , One Medium ( Faber Castell Emotion – Medium) and one BROAD – modified Mnemosyne, with a custom Broad Waverly Nib !

 

Paper:

Tomoe River, Rhodia, Clairefountaine Thriomphe (CF), traditional copy paper , laid paper and Vellum ß this one courtesy of Barkingpig , thank you Sir! .

 

Tests:

Flow, saturation, shading, sheen, bleed-through, see-through/show-through, feathering and pooling. With other tests such as water, bleach and alcohol and dry times. Sometimes it will be a yes/no answer, sometimes 1-5 (1 being poor, 5 being excellent)

 

Crossover Card

My way to see all the papers and how the ink behaves across.

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You can see that each column is representative of the paper used.

 

Thoughts on the ink-paper behavior

 

  • Flow: Flow is good, very fluid, consistent across all papers and pens used
  • Saturation: Medium/High, sometimes it looked more saturated depending on the paper, there is definitely less shading on this ink than in the other releases..
  • Sheen: None, Zip, Nada.
  • Shade: There I shading on this ink, again no as drastic as with the other inks in this collection, but there is shading, the shading on this ink is more gradual.
  • Bleed-through: On copy paper , now I was using a very wet nib, but it went through quickly.
  • Show-through: There is some slight, very slight on most papers, I’ve circled the ones where this happened, more intense on the vellum, but that is expected. You would be able to write on both sides on most quality papers .
  • Feathering: Now, I was using a wet nib and that might have contributed to some of the feathering, but I’ll say that this ink in wet-heavy pens will leave a lot of ink on the paper and will feather – not much but it will. Please take note that you the paper you are using is sensitive to the oils of your hand this ink will feather where the oils mix with the paper.
  • Pooling: (This is not the shading but more on the pooling on the edges of the letters, I enjoy when the inks provide this). There was none that I could observe in any of the papers
  • Water Resistance: The tests shown on the card were done using an eyedropper, leaving it a few seconds then using a tissue paper to retrieve the excess. But offline I did a more smear/spread test. Tests show that the ink has some waterproofness, however it is not a WP ink. You would be able recover the writing if need you need to. Big shout to Tomoe river as the ink just held on to the paper, for a paper that rejects ink by nature it is a bit odd.
  • Alcohol Resistance: Very consistent across. You would be able to recover from this one – almost no effect. Where it shows that the ink has gone from the comparison is where the bleach spread to.
  • Bleach Resistance: None, Zip , nada.
  • Dry Times: As noted this is a wet ink and the drying times were there to support it with drying times that were around the 20sec mark and on some papers longer than that. On copy paper it is almost immediate, I’ll say this is because the ink is so watery that goes through quickly between the fibers

 

One thing I had mentioned before, it is how easy is to clean any of PP’s inks from the pens. I would attribute this to the fact that they are not meant to be waterproof, as well as that they are not viscose and not too saturated.

 

Ink Comparison

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Ink Name
Maker
Overall notes
Solferino
R&K
Very bright – lots of sheen (gold) – on the high of being the most violet of them all
Violet Blue
GvFC
New of GvFC a light Violet blue ink with good shading on moderate to heavy wet pens – see the middle sample on the two big shades this ink gives.
Gummy berry
KWZ
Big shout to Barkingpig for this one as well, more purple than blue ,very fruit like – good shading
Wood Violet
Anderson Pens
Very dry ink – good shading – the spectrum for this on is middle to dark
Mardi Gras Indians Purple
Papier Plume
The featured Ink
Tenebris Purpiratum
FC
Somehow dry ink with good shading – however starts on the darker portion of the spectrum
Grape
Diamine
On the Mnemosyne looked VERY similar to Mardi G-P, but on the sketch paper (the one in the middle) you can see that the grape is darker in all senses.
Dark Lilac
Lamy
Super saturated, golden sheen, shading ink from dark to darker!
Purple Pazzazz
Diamine
Ink with sparkles, good shading, and nice sparkles ;)
Grey Plum
KWZ
Dark, dark – however still manages to shade :)
I realized now, that I had more purples that I imagined and I didn’t even show them all. But hopefully you can see that the Mardi G-P is indeed a medium hue purple, which is good in terms of shading since it can go from light to dark on that range.

 

And here is a (quick) sketch of a Mardi Gars Indian using Mardi G-P - wasn’t as quick this time

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Here is some Cursive and Block writing for reference.

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Opinion

This is a good purple, is subtle and has some fun to it, it is a wet ink, but this is very characteristic of the PP inks, so you should handle it with care on wet nibs.

 

This is an ink that shows waterproof-ness. On finer nibs It is pleasant to read but as it is a wet ink will also be looking a slightly more than average dry times, again it all depends on the paper and how wet you nib is. To my later point be careful with possible feathering. This is not the more friendly ink you might want to use on copy paper.

 

I’m very grateful that I got this sample, and happy to have this ink as part of the – now that I see – seemingly long list of purples.

 

Availability

As noted at the beginning of this view this is now sold out. For this release Papier Plume did 60 1 Oz / 30ml bottles.

 

There is one more ink of this series and this one will have the same number of bottles. The name of the ink is Garden District AzaleaOn sale September 16, 2016 (sample at the end of the View).

 

 

Papier Plume notifies their ink availability through their newsletter first (link), then Instagram, then Facebook, and finally twitter (in that order).

 

AND Here is a not so known story about this ink and why was purple and not another of the equally deserved colors of the Indians’ suits :

 

“After the first one was released someone called about the green. While talking he asked if we were going to make a purple. At the time we only had 4 of the 5 colors. But I told him that it wasn't likely. He gave me his email address anyway to get on the mailing list. His email address had the word Tribe in it and he told me that he was a Cleveland Indians fan. So after I hung up I decided that the next color would be named after the Mardi Gras Indians and would be purple.”

 

This is in my opinion a great story and another example of the influence we each carry (if you are not a fan of the Cleveland Indians, please don’t get mad).

 

Now, how do I get to influence someone to do a likeness of me on an ink…. Still thinking

 

And Now Garden District AZALEA!!!

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The (re)View on this will be up Monday/Tuesday! Remember the release is Friday the 16thJ

Thanks for reading until the end!

Edited by Jackokun

"When I have a little money, I buy books pens; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."

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Thanks, I've been waiting to hear what you'd say because you really get into the history. I love this ink. IMO the best yet (of the four NOLAs I have). Also (i.e. but not only "because"...) it is the wettest so far.

 

Whew!

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A review...and then some! Thank you for the back story, and all the comparisons. :thumbup:

Remember kids...always shop within your means.   

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Thank you for these comparisons! I am unlikely ever to possess this or any other limited edition ink, but I've been looking for a less demanding alternative to Diamine Grape, and you've given me several interesting possibilities.

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Admiring your passion. Thank you so much for sharing this thorough review :)

 

 

Thank you very much, I'm glad you liked it

 

Amazing review.

Thanks for the effort.

 

Thanks!!

 

Thanks, I've been waiting to hear what you'd say because you really get into the history. I love this ink. IMO the best yet (of the four NOLAs I have). Also (i.e. but not only "because"...) it is the wettest so far.

 

Whew!

 

Thank you sir!, it is a wet ink, i'm surprised it is as saturated as it is (not that it is that much), but for being this wet I would have expected less

 

A review...and then some! Thank you for the back story, and all the comparisons. :thumbup:

 

Thank you, it is always fun tinkering around :)

 

Excellent review and I really envy those who managed to try their LE inks. They all looks rather well, this one especially.

 

Vis! if you want to try any of this let me know ! Also did you noted my comments on the GvFC Violet blue? it is an ink that grows on you, on a wet nib worked really well for me. I wanted to do more on this one and I asked GvFC on it

 

this is what I got:

"The violet-blue ink was launched in conjunction with the new Graf von Faber-Castell Heritage limited edition range of fountain pens as violet was the favourite colour of Countess Ottilie von Faber-Castell. It is initially limited to this series launch, but may be incorporated in to the regular range. "

 

Received mine yesterday. :)

Don't have an empty pen to try out right now, but hopefully, soon.

 

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Let me know what you think of it!

 

Thank you for these comparisons! I am unlikely ever to possess this or any other limited edition ink, but I've been looking for a less demanding alternative to Diamine Grape, and you've given me several interesting possibilities.

thank you! Note that FC's Tenebris Purpitarium would be more of a dry ink, however is fairly easy to clean, if that is some of the issues you might be having with Diamine Grape

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"When I have a little money, I buy books pens; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."

--- Erasmus --- sort of http://fpgeeks.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.png

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thank you! Note that FC's Tenebris Purpitarium would be more of a dry ink, however is fairly easy to clean, if that is some of the issues you might be having with Diamine Grape

 

Dryness isn't necessarily a problem, because I have some wet pens. What is most important to me, after color, is for my pens to start reliably in daily use. It is frustrating for a pen to stop writing in the middle of a meeting, for example.

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Totally fabulous review.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

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I loaded this one up in my nakaya. Not too impressed by the flow. With an EF nib, it looks like a pale purple, and not the rich purple I was expecting from the reviews.

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I loaded this one up in my nakaya. Not too impressed by the flow. With an EF nib, it looks like a pale purple, and not the rich purple I was expecting from the reviews.

How did the nib to paper sounded to you ? I know it's an odd question but just looking at it from a lubrication perspective. I used it on a platinum president and it wasn't as pale, but I can do a writing sample an add it to the post - I know for sure with the Faber Castell emotion it was a rich dark purple line - the nib was "medium" but write like a fine.

"When I have a little money, I buy books pens; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."

--- Erasmus --- sort of http://fpgeeks.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.png

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