Yes, thanks guys. I hope no one is offended I went that route after asking for advice. I figured I had the store down the road, worst I would be is out a couple hours of time, with the potential to save a few hundred dollars for the same result.
Everyones opinion and experiences are greatly appreciated, and didn't fall on deaf ears.
Use a thin blade sharpie, and seal it with polyurethane. Stay away from shellac. As long as they arent cramming the sharpie down like a 3rd grade with a crayon, it'll be fine. You WANT the wood to absorb the sharpie.