Image: via Sun Gazing
Image: via Sun Gazing
Sharpies are good for a whole lot of things: doodling funny pictures, for example, or writing on things that generally resist being written upon. And, of course, they’re perfect for scribbling obscenities on your friend’s face when they pass out drunk.
One guy, however, has discovered a whole new amazing use for everyone’s favorite pen.
Meet Rob from Man Vs. Pin, a hilarious YouTube channel that seeks to demystify all of those seemingly too-good-to-be-true Pinterest creations we see online.
Not convinced that you really can craft a functioning camera from toothpicks or bake a cake entirely from sugar and air? Neither is he, so he sets out to put some of Pinterest’s wackiest ideas to the test.
For example, Rob’s previous videos have seen him trying, ultimately unsuccessfully, to remove red wine stains with white wine and make glasses from beer bottles. His attempt to create faux-antique furniture using acid and paint did, on the other hand, sort of work.
In a video he published in September 2014, though, Rob took the rather more unusual step of covering the camera on his expensive smartphone with layers of Sharpie ink and tape. And the reason why is pretty mind-blowing.
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With neon colors recently gracing New York catwalks, not to mention our never-ending love affair with rave culture, black lights and the intense hues that they create are totally cool right now.
But as any self-respecting stoner or lover of psychedelic trance will tell you, black lights don’t come cheap. In fact, to create even very simple otherworldly displays on your bedroom wall, you’re looking at forking out at least $20 on Amazon for the most basic of models.
Pinterest, then, has attempted to leap to the rescue of black light aficionados around the world with one of its notorious DIY hacks – one, moreover, that Rob from Man Vs. Pin has selflessly offered to test so that we don’t have to.
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According to several sources, anyone can turn their smartphone’s camera into a functioning black light with the aid of a few simple items that they’ll be able to find around the home.
Using his high-tech Pin-O-Meter, though, Rob has deemed the claims of this hack to be “bulls**t.”
Still, there’s only one way to find out for sure. In the video, then, Rob gamely gathers the materials needed for the task at hand: a smartphone, one blue Sharpie, one purple Sharpie and a bit of see-though tape.
First, as instructed, he cuts off a small piece of tape and places it over the light on the back of his phone.
Next, he colors the tape in with the blue Sharpie pen. After adding another layer of tape, he repeats this process. Then one more piece of tape is added on top for good measure, and this time Rob colors it in with the purple Sharpie.
Finally, he turns on the flashlight on his phone to inspect the results. Initially, things appear promising – and the light certainly looks the part. But will it stand up to the test?
Well, Rob turns out the lights, and – hey presto – the black light really works. And, slowly revealed in appropriately neon colors on the wall, we see his surprise at the effectiveness of such a simple hack.
Rob has used a message written in black light-responsive highlighter to test out the DIY light, which shows his words well when the rest of the room is cast into darkness.
And while the effect isn’t as intense as that of a real black light, the Pinterest hack still does a great job at recreating it for a fraction of the price.
Rob even comments that he thinks the real black light “doesn’t look as cool” as his DIY version.
The ultimate test, though, comes when Rob uses his creation on his bedroom sheets. Apparently, black lights can show up all kinds of unsavory stains that might be lurking under the surface. And as Rob reacts in disgust at the “evidence” he finds, it’s proof that this Pinterest hack works rather well. A little too well, perhaps, for Rob’s comfort.