Retro 51 Design Your Own Tornado Art Contest

Update: Nov 4th, 2021

After receiving over 80 entries in October, we're ready to announce the finalists of the Retro 51 Tornado Art Contest. This week, Goldspot Pens and Retro 51 met virtually to discuss all the possible designs. While we originally said there would be only 3 finalists, we felt it necessary to have a "Top 6" since there were so many great designs. To place your vote, use the Gleam widget on this webpage to select your favorite proposed design.

Voting will conclude on November 11th at 11:59PM Eastern US time. The winning design with the highest number of votes will be made into a limited edition Retro 51 Tornado rollerball pen in early 2022. Be sure to enter your e-mail address into the form to be notified when we pick a winner and when the design will become available to purchase.

More information, including prizes, can be found below in our original post.

Zombies! Spaceships! Airplanes! Avocados! Coffee, and more!
Throughout its 30-year history, the Retro 1951 pen company explored a wide range of themes, making pens for all types of interests.

Now, it’s your turn.

In collaboration with Retro 51, Goldspot Pens is hosting a “Make your own Retro 51” art contest throughout October 2021. All you need is your imagination and the Retro 51 pen design template you see on this page (Download PDF file here). Dream up the perfect Retro 51 pen and make it become a reality. You may use any type of medium (paint, ink, watercolor, pencils, etc) as long as you can digitally upload and e-mail the finished design to us at

Attach the finished art file to your e-mail and use the subject line "Entry for Retro 51 Art Contest."

A couple of guidelines about the artwork:

  • Suggest not using any gradients
  • Use only solid colors
  • Crosshatching is ok, but too much and it could lose the quality in printing

We will accept submissions throughout the month of October. On November 1st, 2021, Goldspot Pens and Retro 51 will select the top three submissions. Richard at Retro 51 will convert the artwork into a virtual mock-up to show what the design would look like on a Retro 51 Tornado rollerball pen. Then, we will post all three virtual designs on the Goldspot Pens blog and put them to a vote.

Pen fans will vote on their favorite design they would like to see made into a real Retro 51 limited edition pen. After a week of voting, we will tally the results and announce the winner.

Now, here’s the fun part - the winner will receive the artist’s proof (AP) model as well as the final product in the specific edition number of their choosing. Plus, a $300 Goldspot Pens gift card. The winning pen will become a limited edition available for purchase exclusively through Goldspot Pens in early 2022.

If you need inspiration, please feel free to browse our current Retro 51 limited editions and exclusives for ideas. You may also want to look at Retro 51's Popper back catalog to see which themes have already been explored in the past.

Most importantly - have fun creating!

No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. Each person may enter more than one design. The submission deadline is October 31st at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. No late submissions will be considered. The submitted artwork must be an original creation and cannot contain any copyrighted or trademarked properties. The winners are selected at the discretion of Goldspot Pens and Retro 51.