Month: July 2018

Pin artist Purrv86 to cease sale of Steven Universe fan pins

Tuesday Bassen’s lawyer says fan pins are often technically art theft

Last week, the artist known as Purrv86 made a difficult decision.

She decided that soon, she’ll no longer sell her popular line of “Steven Universe” Diamond Mural pins.

“After receiving an email from someone who will remain nameless…” She wrote in an Instagram post Thursday, “I have decided to discontinue the Diamond Mural Pins. The reorder of Blue and Yellow will be the last batch I’ll sell.”

Chicago-based pin shop owner adds a little ‘FLAIR’ to life

Pins are a great way to express yourself, and kind of put out into the world who you are as a person…I called the shop FLAIR because they add a little flair to your life. Even someone who wears all black can buy pins and express themselves. People who don’t dress fancy, it’s a whatever whatever way to spice up your wardrobe, but also show people who you are and the things you love.”

Melisser Elliott is a pin shopkeeper by day and a drag queen by night.

When the Chicago-based 37-year-old isn’t operating her business FLAIR Chicago, a storefront that also sells patches and vintage clothing in the Logan Square neighborhood, she’s often performing as “Fay Ludes.”

Fay Ludes, a play on the word Quaaludes, is a vintage and psychedelic-inspired glamour clown character that works between 10 and 15 shows per month. She hosts the show “Let’s Make a Diva” Thursday nights at Hamburger Mary’s and a queer punk party and drag show called Spit’n Glitter at the dive bar Slippery Slope.

“A lot of times I’m leaving FLAIR to go be at a nightclub until like 2 in the morning. So it’s a pretty exhausting existence that I live,” she said. “That’s actually why we recently reduced our hours. Because it just wasn’t sustainable for me.”

Pin Drop Friday: A Week of Adventurous, Spooky and Magical Releases

This Friday feature spotlights all known new releases from the week. If you are debuting a new pin and would like it to be included in Pin Drop Friday, you can DM @for_the_share_of_flair on Instagram or email Caitlin at

This week’s assortment of brand new pins include original designs by Joy Addict, A Fink and Ink, Perfect Humans, Ursa Major Supply, AmantMort DesignsMonster Posse, Poor Man Stew, Project Luna Rock and Natty Cat.

‘Nothing to Lose and Enamel to Gain’ at Pin Pop-Up NYC this Sunday

New York City-based collectors can head to Queens this Sunday to shop 22 different pin artists.

Artists include Knee High Horror, Trippy Pins, Jeff Cinco, Warrior Pins, Pin Lounge, St. Nicholas NYC, Noice Pins, Pin Day, Casual Mojo, Pintertainment 720, RollingPins, I Saw A Dino, Nitelyfe Pins, Mike Die, Turtle Shell Pins, I Am Christie Bear, Sty Over Sub, Pinvader, Honeybeezer, Couples Therapy Co, CashCannon1, Marj.jpg and Rawrz Squad.

Hosted by Knee High Horror and Trippy Pins, Pin Pop-Up NYC takes place 1 p.m.-7 p.m. at The Windjammer bar, 552 Grandview Ave. The Pop-Up is free and open to the public, but attendees must be 21 or older to attend, as alcohol will be served throughout the event. Happy Hour prices will extend to Bloody Marys, frozen Margaritas and Pina Coladas, and beer and shot combos.

Tomorrow Morning: A Shop Called Quest & Yesterdays SDCC exclusive pins to be available online

This weekend San Diego’s convention center was again home to the year’s biggest event in pop culture: Comic-Con.

For those who weren’t in attendance (or closely monitoring the action from home like I was) a number of enamel pin artists dropped some pretty notable SDCC exclusives.

Some personal favorites included an 80s-inspired Betty and Veronica and Laser Kitten pin set that celebrates the launch of a clothing and accessories collaboration between the two brands, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. sliding dust cover designs BB-CRE.8 and A Shop Called Quest and the Rugrats Big People Chuckie and Tommy pin set by Midnight Dogs and Sam Grinberg.

Pin Pop-Up fills niche at San Diego Comic-Con

Two-Day event at Gaslamp District bar features more than 20 artists

There’s always been an abundance of comics, collectible toys and T-shirts on sale at the biggest pop culture event of the year: San Diego Comic-Con International.

While enamel pin artists and vendors do make an appearance on the floor inside the San Diego Convention Center, they’re a bit further and farther between.

It’s a void that Arakel Kaloyan has aimed to fill with this year’s Pin Pop-Up at Coin-Op Gaslamp, which is walking distance from the convention center.

“A lot of people, especially when they were walking in, were cheering a bit and seemed really happy.”

“We had a little section for the (San Diego) Pin and Patch Con merchandise today so that they could buy pin and patch con T-shirts, totes or pennants. I was manning that today and we had a good handful of people thank us for putting on the event.”

Oh Plesiosaur out to fight the fakes with counterfeit cataloging site

Serena Epstein is asking the public to help her stop art theft.

The enamel pin artist, 30, known for her small business Oh Plesiosaur, recently launched, a website that spreads awareness about counterfeit pins and encourages responsible shopping. It’s also a resource for artists who have had their work stolen, and a community space where they can feel supported.