Massdrop Profile: Meet Liz Mullen!
Our Massdrop Profile series introduces you to the people behind the communities you love. They’re responsible for sourcing products, communicating with members, and making our site an awesome place to hang out. You might recognize them from Discussions you follow—they’re the smiling avatars next to those tiny Massdrop logos—and now you can get to know the personalities behind the handles.
This time, we’re talking to Liz Mullen, who leads the Writing team at Massdrop. First, we’ll let you read a little about her background and passions. Then, we’ll turn the mic over for a community Q&A.
What do you do at Massdrop?
Play with pens all day!
When did you start getting into the writing community? What got you interested?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved stationery and writing instruments. I started hoarding Sanrio pens and pencils at a young age, and grew into paint markers and brush pens as I got more into art in grade school.
My mom has always loved using fountain pens, but I never tried using one until I was recovering from a motorcycle accident in which I injured my dominant hand pretty badly. Since fountain pens can glide on paper and lay down ink without any pressure required, it was much easier for me to write with them.
What was your first fountain pen?
My first fountain pen was a Platinum Preppy. The Preppy was a great starter for me because it came in a bunch of different ink colors, and had two nib sizes to choose from at the time. I also really liked the clear body, and have since built up my collection of demonstrator pens—they’re my fave!
Tell us about your writing carry. Do you use a different set at work than you do at home or on the go?
I have so many pens and notebooks to choose from that I’m constantly changing up my writing carry. I definitely use different sets for work, home, and EDC. Currently, my combo at home is the Pilot Falcon with a soft-fine nib and the Maruman Mnemosyne A5 grid notebook. At work, I use the TWSBI Diamond 580 Demonstrator with an extra-fine nib and the Rhodia Meeting Book 90. When I’m on the go, I use the Kaweco Liliput Fireblue with an extra-fine nib and the Midori MD A6 grid notebook.
What do you love about fountain pens? Are there times you use ballpoints, rollerballs, or pencils instead?
I love that there are so many different options to choose from in the fountain pen world: ink color, nib size, filling systems—all housed in different body shapes and styles. I use writing instruments that aren’t fountain pens, too, and usually carry at least one of each type with me at all times.
Each one (gel, ballpoint, pencil, permanent marker, etc.) is better for different situations, so I don’t discriminate. I use them all! For example, my favorite limited-edition Hello Kitty Uni Signo RT 0.38-millimeter gel pen lives in my purse, and my prized EDC ballpoint is the Fellhoelter TiBolt pen that I picked up in a drop last year.
How many pens do you have in your collection? If you had to pick a favorite, what would it be?
Er, I might have too many to remember the actual number… My newest favorite is a Pilot Custom 823 I ordered from Japan: clear body with the FA nib. I love demonstrators, vacuum fillers, and flex nibs, so this pen is an all-around winner for me.
Favorite ink colors and brands?
I really dig Pelikan’s Edelstein line, especially the Ink of the Year colors, and I’ve liked almost all of the colors that Sailor has ever made. I particularly like shades of teal, and some of my favorites are the Sailor Jentle Yama Dori, the J. Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor, the new Edelstein Aquamarine, Diamine Steel Blue, and Bungbox Fujiyama.
What’s your “grail pen”?
For a while now, I’ve been wanting a rOtring 600 fountain pen to match my favorite drafting pencil. After that, I gotta have the Pilot M90.
What did you do before working at Massdrop?
I worked at an online retailer that specialized in pens and stationery.
What’s your biggest passion outside of pens?
Motorcycles! My dad has ridden since he was a teenager, so when I turned 19, I got my M1 license and rode my little vintage 1989 Honda VTR250 everywhere (since I didn’t have a car). I used to commute on my bike, and got really into track riding for the first few years. Now, I’m more into dirt biking, and am hoping to get a plated bike to try some dual sport rides soon.
Any tips for those who are new to the writing community?
Don’t worry about the ink stains on your hands. Wear them with pride!
Okay, last one: Red, blue or yellow?
Team Mystic all the way!
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