As the founder of Strike Gently Co, I deal in pins and patches daily. The Creators Project asked me to pull together a weekly roundup of the best newly-released pins. Most of these will probably sell out. If you like them, smash that “add to cart” button. Every Wednesday, you can head to the bottom of this article for an exclusive discount code so you can keep your pin game sharp.
Just when you were ready to start reminiscing about Al Gore again, it got cold this week in New York. What does that mean for you, you pin consumers, you? Time to break out the denim, the leather, or that overpriced waxed English sporting jacket, and start pinning. (If you live somewhere warm, find a vest. Disclaimer: do not stick pins directly onto yourself. That would be a liability.)
I just have a "thing" for this whole “aliens built the pyramids” thing. People think the ancient world was so primitive that they couldn’t have possibly built some desert triangles. But listen, if history's taught us anything, it’s that you can get just about anything done, given the right terrible working conditions. Either that, or you can hire aliens to do it for you. That's cool too.
I know this flies in the face of everything I said previously, but who cares? It’s pins we’re talking about, not Renaissance art. Simpsons pins are pop as hell, and a lot of 'em still look great. Especially this one.
Some people make pins that glow in the dark or spin. Dylan Jones made a pizza box that opens to reveal a pizza. We're blazing trails, here, people. If you’re lucky, you can wear this, and a stranger will try to touch you to open the pizza box. Everyone loves that.
It’s easy to make gimmicky or referential pins. It’s a lot harder to actually spend years learning how to draw and turn your original art into enamel. This pin is an example of an actual tiny work of art. Nothing too pretentious or postmodern here, just a cool drawing that you can wear: The Pin Game's Platonic Ideal™.
All Day I Dream About Pizza
OK, I'll say it: pizza box pins notwithstanding, pizza culture is, like your Pokémon GO addiction, yet another sign of the growing infantilization of the West. It's like a bubble pimple on the face of millennialism, one that incidentally might come from sucking down a hot, daily wad of cheese grease. But you'll buy this anyway, because artist Kawika "CKaweekS" Samson's work is good, and ride the pizza wave, dude.
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