Pin Drop Friday- 10/19/2018

This weekly feature spotlights a variety handful of new enamel pin releases 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 Caitlin.M.Foyt@gmail.com.

 

Doodle Dose

iChat With Hodor

Fans of Game of Thrones have never seen Bran’s guardian, Hodor, write. But if he were to—and to take it one step further, he were to text you, he’d probably still just say “Hodor.” This week, the pin maker Doodle Dose debuted a futuristic look into the world of Westeros. Measuring .75” x .75”, this pin is made from hard enamel and has shiny silver polished plating. It’s available at the artist’s Etsy Store for $10.

 

Robotron Industries

I Am Tired of Earth

In the graphic novel “Watchmen,” Doctor Manhattan heads to Mars to build his Clockwork Palace and proclaims “I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.” It’s a feeling most of can relate to—at least at one time or another. Robotron’s latest pin brings this iconic moment to life. It’s made from hard enamel, measures 1.25” wide and is dual posted. Now available in the maker’s Etsy store for $10.

A Weekend of Pin-Related Events

Free this weekend? Check out these three pin-related happenings in three different cities. All featured events include at least one pin vendor.

Little Expo of Horrors

San Francisco, California

Saturday

About: Patches and Pins Expo presents a Halloween-themed event this weekend in San Francisco.

When: Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: Spark Social, 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158

Details: Event is free for general admission, guests just need to order a ticket through Eventbrite. VIP access is $35 and All Access is $70. All ages are welcome. The first 200 attendees receive a free pin. Street food will be for sale on site.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Nostalgia Vault, Geeky and Kinky Pins, King Pins, Move In Silence, Little Shop of PinsBlank Slate Design, Midnight Dogs, Grandeur Division, PSA Press, Good Dope Supply Co., Nothing Pins, 77th Pinfantry, Nerd Pins, Storm Cloud Press, Alma Irene Art, Adorkable Pins, Mi Vida Boutique, Pin Lounge, The Pinskis, Evil Pin Club, Ever Good Merch, Flower Chainz Collective, Bakelike Press, Bolla Kills, Pugnacious Pins, Babe Pins, and King Pins.

ArtsGoggle

Fort Worth, Texas

Saturday

About: Artsgoggle is Fort Worth’s premier festival of local arts. The event is hosted in the Near Southside, an eclectic neighborhood of historic elegance and urbanism immediately south of the central business district of Fort Worth.

When: Saturday, Noon to 10 p.m.

Where: 1201 Alston Avenue (Magnolia Village) or at more than 25+ venues in South Main Village
Fort Worth , Texas 76104

Location #1 – Magnolia Avenue from 8th Avenue to St. Louis Avenue

Location #2 – Indoor art shows, live music and performances at over 25 venues across South Main Village

The event takes place along the one-mile stretch of Magnolia Avenue.

(The festival closes Magnolia Avenue to car traffic from 8th Ave. to South Main Street and fills 18 blocks.)

Details: This free to the public, family-friendly event attracts a crowd of 50,000+ people. It includes 983 artists and 50 bands, many of which have members who live or work in the Near Southside. Guests can ride the free ArtsGoggle trolley, which visits 40+ venues. Free parking at Broadway and Baptist Church.

More information is available at the Near Southside Inc. website. 

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Stephanie Son

The Great Punk-Pin Show

Mission Hills, California

Saturday

About: Mission Hills Fall Festival

When: 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Where: Mission Hills Christian Church, 14941 Devonshire Street, Los Angeles, CA 91345

Details: There will be live punk music, local artists, and pin vendors from around southern California. There will be a screening of the Halloween animated classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” There will be tacos for purchase and free popcorn for the movies. Costumes are encouraged. The first 50 attendees will receive a free pin.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Rattlehead Crafts, Pintallica, and Stumpted Art.

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.”

Pin Drop Friday- 10/12/2018

This weekly feature spotlights a variety handful of new enamel pin releases 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 Caitlin.M.Foyt@gmail.com.

 

BB-CRE.8

Star Wars/80s Movie Mash-Ups

Star Wars pin maker BB-CRE.8 adds new pins to their online store every Friday. This week, the brand takes us back to the 1980s—mashing up iconic movies with beloved characters from the SWU. Rambo plus Bobafett equals Ramboba-Fett. Conan The Barbarian meets Ben Swolo (AKA Kylo Ren) makes the ultra muscley Ben Swolo The Barbarian. C-3PO takes a job cleaning up the streets of Detroit and comes out chasing down creeps under the name C3P-Cop. And Beetlejuice merged with Darth Maul makes the obnoxious, devious demon Beetle-Maul.

The pins are each made from black nickel and hard enamel. Measurements vary between 1.5” and 2”. They’re all dual posted and come with corresponding rubber clutch-backs. Each pin is back-stamped with the artist’s brand logo. All four mash-up pins are available at the BB-CRE.8 website for $10 each.

A Weekend of Pin-Related Events

Free this weekend? Check out these four pin-related happenings in four different cities. All featured events include at least one pin vendor.

Flair Fair

New Haven, Connecticut

Saturday

About: Pin, buttons and patch market ‘n meetup. Shop unique and collectible artist items. specializes in featuring pins, patches, and buttons—but also items ranging from keychains to t-shirts to zines. These inexpensive items make unique gifts and style statements for friends, loved ones, and yourself while also supporting independent artists + designers.

When: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Where: Lyric Hall, 827 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06515

Details: Features more than 10 independent artists and designers selling affordable, unique items for your wardrobe and home.

Pin a d patch culture has reached cult-like status, and the organizers are proud to organize an event that bring fans and makers together. Many visitors use it as way to share, collect, trade, and meet-up with some of their favorite makers and fellow fans in the community.

Event is open to the public and free.

Lyric Hall is just 2 miles from downtown New Haven, Connecticut and a short drive from other major cities. (Providence, RI- 1.5 Hours, Boston, MA- 2.5 Hours, New York City- 1.5 Hours.) New Haven is the last stop on the Metro North commuter rail out of Grand Central

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: Strangeways, A Fink and Ink, Cat Party Design Studio, GAYPIN’, Krystan Saint Cat, KWT Designs, Alana Ladson Art, Pinscript, Pins By Dean, The Pulp Girls, The Tiny Hobo, Wild Tiger Pins, Yellow Stripe Co.

 

Patches and Pins Expo: New York City

About: Patches and Pins Expo is the nations largest flair event. The event includes pins, patches, art, fashion and toys.

When: Noon- 7:30 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan West, 639 w 46th st, New York, NY 10036

Details: Tickets are approximately $10. Free pin to the first 400 attendees. Event organizers expect approximately 3,000 attendees at the event.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: BxE Buttons X StaciaMade, Trippy Pins, Dead End Threads, We Are Glitch Bitch, and Nerd Pins. 

 

Pin Pal Palooza

About: A humble convention for all things enamel/lapel pin-related designed by your favorite artists and more.

When: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Where: Gallery Nucleus, 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

Details: Costumes are encouraged. Free admission, no RSVP required. First 100 people in line will receive a free gift pin–Limited to 1 pin per person. The event will include a raffle.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: BB-Cre.8, Midnight Dogs, I Loot Paperie, Pink Owlet, Little Shop Of Pins, Nellie Le and Hey it’s Meu, Doggie Drawings by Lili Chen, Rather Keen, Thom Foolery, VUDUBERI, Nagive Gold Clothing, Birdstonshire, Blue Ruin Co./Pin Museum, Robot Dance Battle, Tiny Deer Studio, Baer and Lamb, Pixlotl, The Fantasmical World of Rhode Montijo, DKNG, No Man’s Press, Lost Lust Supply, SohSilly, OchuuSummer, Odds and Sods, Victoria Orolfo Art, Genevieve Tsai, and Alex Ahad

 

Midwest Flair Festival

Chicago, Illinois

Sunday

About: Flair Vendors from around the world selling
Pins, Patches and Wearable Art.

When: Noon- 4 p.m.

Where: Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., Chicago, IL

Details: Free, all ages.

Known Enamel Pin Vendors: 1606 Supply Company, Amar Riley, Anatomical Element, Anna Lisa Illustration, Bianca Xunise, Bright Bat Design, Creepy Company, Cunning Linguist Co., Dreaming of Johnny, Enerjax, Flair Chicago, The Found, Furious Flair, Girl Fawkes Pins, Isabella Rotman, Last Craft Designs, Lil Boat Boutique, Negamidas, Nobody Wants To See Your Dick, NYXTURNA, Outrider Design, Pincheloca, Pop Rocket Creations, Reppin Pins, Rosalarian, Salad Days, Sara M Lyons, Shiny Apple Studio, Sidewinder Goods, Unexpected, VICHCRAFT, Wit and Co and Wildhunt Illustration and Design.

Pin Drop Friday- 10/6/2018

This weekly feature spotlights a variety handful of new enamel pin releases 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 Caitlin.M.Foyt@gmail.com.

 

The Mad Bombers

Big Frank

The Mad Bombers are known for their unique brand of horror-themed, bubbly spa products. (If you’re looking for a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “IT” or “The Babadook”-themed bath bomb—Mad Bombers have got you covered.) And they also make enamel pins! This week, the brand launched a hinged Frankenstein pin the can be opened up to reveal his insides—and the packaging is designed to look like Milton Bradley’s classic edition of the game “Operation.” Big Frank measures 2.5” long and is made from soft enamel. He’s now available for $15 at The Mad Bombers Etsy store.

A Weekend of Pin-Related Events

Free this weekend? Check out these five pin-related happenings in five different cities. All featured events include at least one pin vendor.

32nd Annual California Avocado Festival

Carpinteria, California

Friday-Sunday

About: Home of the world’s largest vat of guacamole! The California Avocado Festival is a A celebration of peace, love and guacamole at the three-day festival dedicated to the green fruit (yep, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable) in all its forms. In past years, the event has attracted 100,000+ people.

When: Friday 1 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Where: Linden Avenue in Downtown Carpinteria, CA 93013

Details: The event’s Food Venue, which features tastings of avocado-based recipes, like guacamole, salad, soups and more, is located on the 800 block of Linden Avenue.

The festival includes more than 70 musical acts on four different stages–The MAIN stage is located on 9th Street, The SEAL Stage is located in front of the Smart & Final, The GUAC & GROTTO Stage is located on 8th Street and the KIDS Stage is located on 7th Street. Signature events include the World Champion of Guacamole contest, avocado auction and largest avocado weigh-offs (they sometimes reach more than four pounds). There will be dozens of arts and crafts vendors, commercial vendors and food booths.

Parking: There’s a Park & Ride Shuttle Service available at Carpinteria High School on Foothill Rd. and Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave.

Admission Cost: Free

More information available at the California Avocado Festival website

Known Enamel Pin Vendors Include: Jesse JFR and Ela Mella.