After a decade of availability in the United States, the factory has discontinued the short Zig Posterman 30mm semi-permanent waterproof marker.  While they will continue to manufacture the black and white PMA-130S, all the other colors have gone the way of the Sinosauropteryx dinosaur.¹  This turkey size carnivore was a golden yellow and the hair iridescent like the metallic colors found in Zig Posterman markers.

The Zig Posterman 30mm Marker was Short too

Zig Posterman PMA30 short discontinued with Modified 50mm Zig Posterman to 30mm by Cohas Chalkboard Systems

Zig Posterman PMA30s (left) – Modified PMA30m by Cohas Chalkboard Systems (Right)

For some reason not disclosed, the original 30mm marker for the American market was constructed “short” in stature.  This is not unlike our 124 million year old dinosaur friend.  Customers were thrilled with the large 1-1/4 inch width paint marker.  Commercial users, including supermarkets, use them to create storefront signs.  One large home improvement center once said, “Doesn’t look like much ink,” referring the short barrel on the Biggie 30mm marker.

As we all know, in America bigger is better. This loss of a popular product got our team here at Cohas Chalkboard and Marker Systems thinking about a solution. What if we made a tool that could modify the Biggie 50 tip so it could be made any width?  Equipment fabrication and testing, along with a helpful long time customer, gave us the product.  Thanks to the Cohas development team, the Zig Posterman 30mm marker is now all grown up.

With more than two times the chalk ink as found in the PMA-130S, this modified PMA-150 Biggie goes the distance.  Testing has shown that the 50mm marker can draw a line a bit longer than a football field on some surfaces.  With a 1-1/4 inch chalk marker tip, compared to the 2 inch PMA-150, you can plan on an even longer life than the short barrel 30mm.

Artists can be a bit particular about the tools they use. In our story Chalkboard Signs Hand painted Support the Local Barber, our artist John Neil depends on the Zig Posterman 30mm marker to get just the right size letters.

What’s Next for Custom Chalk Marker Tips?

Closeup of a Zig Memory System Scroll TipLike any experiment, the mistakes and errors sometimes lead to different results. We found when engineering this new chalk marker tip we could fabricate it in any size.  Our technician was able to modify the Zig Posterman 50mm tip into any shape too! Modeling after the Zig Memory System Scroll and Brush marker, our lab did create a tip with a wide and thin section.

The 30mm modified marker is available immediately.  Select from 17 colors, all with same day shipment standard. What was first met with worry and concern, and left both our customers and staff at a loss, turned out just fine.  As a matter of fact, the solution created a better option with more value for artist and store owner alike.

The Zig Posterman scroll style modified marker is still in the lab for testing.  Subscribe to our newsletter for immediate notification of the launch!  If you have ideas for any Chalkboard, Marker, or Marketing tool or product, reach out to us.  You can do so by chat at the bottom of every page, or on our contact page 24 hours a day.

Dinosaur Chalk Art

¹Sinosauropteryx was the first fossil dinosaur to have its color scientifically established.  This according to the National Geographic reporting on a story published in the journal Nature in 2010.

Chalk art rendering of the Sinosauropteryx dinosaur used in Zig Posterman 30mm discontinued story

Our in house artist Kris took on the task of creating the Sinosauropteryx in full color chalk art. Our intent, to illustrate the extinction of the Zig Posterman 30mm “short” marker.  The work was done on a 8×10 Cohas Eco Board. She used a variety of Zig Posterman markers. The gold detail to highlight the unique iridescent “protofeathers” was created using  a 1/2mm waterproof gold marker.  To see the full impact of the reflective gold foil chalk marker, you have to view the artwork in the original form.

This is the first dinosaur Kris had ever done, let alone in the medium of chalk art.  It took about an hour and a dozen or so different color markers. Kris responded, “That wasn’t so hard, sort of like the cardinal I once made for my mother.” Why not give your hand a try at prehistoric artwork?

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