Month: August 2018

All ages and backgrounds buy pins from Southeast Michigan skateboarding store

This week, Caitlin of For The Share of Flair is in Southeast Michigan visiting family.

I took a break to meet up with a family friend and ended up exploring Downtown Rochester. Located one town over from where I grew up, this Oakland County suburb was known for being a higher end, white collar community when I was a teenager. So I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed a more “alternative” tatted up crowd wandering the streets and a handful of “new” (to me) edgier mom and pop small businesses.

I wandered into South Street Skateshop at 410 Main Street and noticed that they had a pretty decent selection of enamel pins hanging on a magnetic display well, including brands like Yesterdays, Alex Pardee, The Quiet Life, Badge BombGrizzly, Toy Machine, Black Label Skates, Huf Worldwide and Theories Brand.

Pin Drop Friday

This weekly feature spotlights a variety handful of new releases of enamel pins from the week. (This does not include pre-orders, only pins that are currently live and available for immediate purchase.) 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

Non Heinous/Monster Posse
Creature and Ariel

Once upon a time, in a black lagoon under the sea, two unlikely iconic characters fell in love. This new design by Non Heinous for Monster Posse imagines that Ariel of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and the Amazonian, prehistoric monster from the 1954 film “The Creature From The Black Lagoon” found each other and fell in love. Is this an alternate reality? Or did things with Eric just not work out? Either way, I think I’m a fan of this pairing more. This pin is available in the Monster Posse Etsy store for $12.

Meet Caitlin of For The Share of Flair

This past week, a few readers have been asking me: Who are you?

My vision for The Share of Flair is to become a trusted news source within the pin community—and that can’t happen if I don’t paint a fuller picture of who I am and what I’m about. I probably should have done this sooner—here goes.

I’m Caitlin M.F. Hornshaw. I’m 30 years old and I live in Pasadena, California, with my husband Phil and our two kitties, Kiwi and Xander. I grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an emphasis on News Editorial.

Vendor banned from Patches and Pins Expo event

Event organizer cites overwhelming complaints of cyber-bullying, harassment of female artists for decision

The organizer of the upcoming Patches and Pin Festival in Santa Ana banned a pin vendor from the festival, citing complaints from attendees.

“Attention vendors. Due to an overwhelming number of concerns, The Pin Pirate and Scallywag Supply will no longer be a vendor at this Saturday’s patch and pin festival,” an Instagram story shared Sunday on the Patches and Pins Expo Instagram account read.

The decision, announced by expo founder Ricky Flores, follows a week of complaints by other pin makers. They allege that Ryan Grey of The Pin Pirate and Scallywag Supply has taken part in cyberbullying, and cite concerns of safety at the expo.

Pin Drop Friday

This weekly feature spotlights a variety handful of new releases of enamel pins from the week. (This does not include pre-orders, only pins that are currently live and available for immediate purchase.) 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

Bummer Days
Venture Bros Skull, Venture Industries Logo

Go Team Venture! Bummer Days dropped two new “Venture Bros.” themed pins just in time for the animated series’ Season 7 premiere on Adult Swim.
The Venture Bros. skull logo is made from soft enamel, is 1.5” long and has a double post back with blue rubber clutch bakers. It comes in three variants: Glowing Venture White/Blue, “Murder At Midnight Black” and “Raw Silver.” Available at the Bummer Days website for $10.
Fans of the show know that Venture Industries, which is owned by the Venture Family, was at one time known for being a leader in technology and science. But it has been on the decline since the death of Jonas Venture Sr. This 1” pin of the Venture Industries logo is made from hard enamel and black nickel. It has a double post back that comes with rubber clutches. The pin was priced at $10 at the Bummer Days website, but is currently sold out.


Fandom Flair Pins
Magical Flying Key

“They’re not birds! They’re keys! Winged keys!” This design is inspired by Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adventures down through the catacombs in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (or Philosopher’s) Stone.” The pin’s center is cut out, is 1.5” wide x 0.75” tall and has a double post with rubber backing. There are four variations to choose from: gold key with glitter, black key with blue, pink glitter and orange and gray. It’s available at the Fandom Flair Pins Etsy store for $8.
While you’re there, be sure to check out the “Parks and Recreation” Lil Sebastian pin, which is $7.20.

FLAIR Chicago closing its brick and mortar, will maintain online store

Store will be online-only beginning September 1

FLAIR Chicago is currently undergoing some changes to its business model.

Yesterday, the business’ owner, Melisser Elliott shared in a post on the FLAIR Chicago Instagram account that she would be closing her walk-in location at 3415 W. Fullerton Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood–but she will remain open for business online.

“It’s not the end!” she wrote. “We have an awesome web-page where you can shop and get items shipped for less than an Uber to the store. I update it with new merch all the time. We have so many pop-up events coming up, like Renegade Craft Fair and NYC DragCon.”

Technical issues cause D-Con ticket sales to be postponed

Collectors hoping attend DesignerCon will have to wait one more day to buy their tickets.

Spots at November convention are limited and so registration for the event is competitive. The website was scheduled to open for tickets sales today at 1 p.m. PST, but there were some technical issues.

“Unfortunately, with the server upgrades, and everything else going on, the ticket page had to be reprogrammed a little bit to make it work again,” said the event’s founder Ben Goretsky in avideo posted by the D-Con Instagram account earlier this afternoon.

“So we want to make sure everyone has a fair chance in registering and getting everything that they need, so we ask that you please come tomorrow at 1 p.m. And our website will be working fully and our ticket page will be working fully. We appreciate everyone being so patient and understanding about this. Some things are just out of our hands.”

Perfect Humans rebrands monthly pop-up, invites San Diego to support local artists

The San Diego-based “Boutique Night” has undergone a bit of a rebrand with a new name and time.

The monthly pop-up event, which is hosted by Perfect Humans, is now being called Bizarre Bazaar.

“…The two biggest critiques we’ve had are that the name is a little isolating to some brands,” read a post shared by the Perfect Humans Instagram account last week. “The event is now 6-10 p.m. and is forever named Bizarre Bazaar. Everything else is still the same.”

It will take place at The Hideaway Tattoo, 1235 Hotel Circle, suite A

This regular happening first kicked off in March as a way to showcase and support San Diego’s independent local artisans.

“I want us all to unite as a community, get to know each other and support one another,” it read on the initial event’s Facebook page earlier this year. “A lot of smaller businesses cannot dish out $100+ to have a table at an event to vendor at so this is an affordable place to sell your products.”

Local pin makers who will be vending at the event include: Perfect Humans, PlushEgg, Mame Pins, Whole Mylk, MexiKawaii, Dare to Dream Flair and Studio Smalls.

Merry Soul Tattoos will be doing a small selection of tattoos throughout the night.

There will also be a raffle at the end of the evening for a basket filled with more than $120 worth of products from the vendors. Tickets cost $1 and all sales will go to benefit an unspecified charity.