Category: Profiles

Godzilla is the star of Long Island artist’s designs, collection

Godzilla has been ruining lives since the 1950s.

Over the course of 32 movies, the furious, radiation-charged monster and his Kaiju pals (and arch-enemies) have violently stomped and smashed to bits not only Tokyo, but major metropolitan areas all over the globe.

The “King of Monsters,” as he’s sometimes called, is a world-famous pop culture icon—Godzilla even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His status might lead you to assume that finding Godzilla-themed enamel pins is a relatively easy task. But that’s not the case, says Bryan Berio, 40, a collector based out of Floral Park Long Island.

“Not that many people make Godzilla pins – or I’m just not looking in the right places,” Berio said. “I try to stay off the Bay (eBay) to look for them because I’ve seen some go for $80, and that’s just nuts for a pin.”

Jade Boylan lives, designs ‘Candy Doll’ pins on the Isle of Man

Artist’s home is a former power station for the British island’s electric railway system

There’s a 221-mile stretch of land located in the Irish Sea, almost equidistant from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Isle of Man is recognized by people in that part of the world for its rich history of Celtic and Viking heritage and folklore dating back to 6500 BC, and for its lush green countryside that’s speckled with what remains of Medieval castles.

For such a small place, the island has quite a few surprising ‘claims to fame. It has its own government (the oldest continuous parliament in the world—and the first legislative body to give women the right to vote) and its own language (Manx Gaelic). It’s also home to a tailless breed of cat known as the Manx. It plays host to the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world (The International Isle of Man TT) and is known for being the birthplace of the disco legends, The Bee Gees.

For 27 year-old artist and pin maker Jade Boylan, it’s where she calls home.

I live in a 120-year-old house. My home was originally one of the stations to generate power for the Manx Electric Railway that runs up and down the island,” she said.

Burbank Artist Creates Pin Uniform For Summer

Tiny Deer Studio invites others to beats the heat and still show off their collections with a ‘pin scout sash’

If you’re in the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, a merit badge sash is a pretty stylish way to show off your accomplishments.

Jessica Watkins of Tiny Deer Studio recently created her own version of the iconic canvas sash, not necessarily to tout her achievements, but as an alternative way to display her pin collection.

“I really love wearing my pins, but it’s too hot to wear my usual denim jacket outside these days,” she said. “I’ve always loved the look of the merit badge sashes and cute uniforms in general, and it just kind of clicked that this sash could be my pin uniform.”

The 32-year-old artist debuted her “pin uniform” last month during Patches and Pins Festival Orange County. Watkins embroidered her name onto the sash and covered it in some of the most beloved pins from her collection.

“I started with migrating the pins that I would normally wear on my jacket, then filled in the space from there with some of my other favorite pins,” she explained. “There isn’t a specific theme to the collection initially placed on the sash, but there are a ton of my favorite female pin designers featured.”

When Watkins initially went to make the sash, the Burbank, California-based artist had attempted to find an existing pattern online, but couldn’t find any adult-sized patterns that fit her vision of how it should look. So she referred to a few different sets of basic instructions from other, similar patterns, measured herself and two girlfriends to determine an average size, and then drew out her own pattern.

Katie Hof of Faux Fox Studio is also a collector drawn to ‘every pin in existence’

“It’s really easy to buy from a lot of sources and not realize how much you spend on pins. You’ll buy five pins and you’ll realize, well I spent $50—that’s fine, I’m supporting an artist. It’s really easy to just spend all of your money on pins. It’s not difficult when they’re so tiny and you can put so many in a small space. That’s part of it—that’s a small part of it. Part of it would be, like I said, that they’re little pieces of artwork. By buying it, you’re supporting an artist that you like. And that concept, the whole community, really, is what makes it desirable to buy pins. I’ve met so many people from the community and have bought pins just to support artists personally—their dreams, their ambitions, their small businesses.”

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.

K-Pop music, pins help collector to “stand up tall”

There’s K-Pop enthusiasts—and then there’s Hang Nguyen.

It’s taken the 28-year-old less than a year to amass her collection of over 230 pins, all of which are somehow related to Korean Pop music. (And that’s not including the 23 additional pins she recently ordered that are currently still on their way to her mailbox.)

“I started collecting them because the art was really beautiful,” she said “The first pin I bought was from (the artist) HAPPIPOP—it was just so beautiful l that I had to have it. And once I got it, I noticed that she had more. I just kept on going with it—because I loved the art. And now I have another thing to show people who I am. I’m not really normal, but this is what I like. This is who I am.”

Hang Nguyen, 28, is very proud of her collection of nearly 250 enamel K-Pop pins

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.”