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The World's Best Pins: #17

Featuring new pins from Laser Pins, Valley Cruise Press, PSA Press, Inner Decay, Brace Legs Collective, and an exclusive 20% off discount code from Strike Gently Co.
25 May 2016, 7:10pm

A photo posted by @strikegentlyco on May 25, 2016 at 8:24am PDT

_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.  _

Time goes on and the trend persists. This week, I went to The Strand, my favorite bookstore in the Universe, and stumbled upon a giant pin and patch display. It even featured some of my favorite brands, like Ball & Chain Co and Big Bud Press. Tons of stores are beginning to stock these artist-made goods, since the wholesale cost is perfect and cool shops love supporting small businesses. It’s the best of both worlds. This week sees another great round of releases, a few of which are included below. I also released 15 new pins and patches on my site, Strike Gently Co. Scroll to the end of this roundup for a special 20% off discount code.

Laser Pins

New Pins dropping today! GLITTER SHREDHEAD available now. Shredder in the 1990 #TMNT movie was badass and his outfit was sparkly, so we wanted to pay homage to him in true 90s fashion. 1.25" and limited to 150.

A photo posted by Laser Pins (@laserpins) on May 23, 2016 at 3:08pm PDT

I’m not big into the TMNT franchise, but whenever the turtles appear, I enjoy it. Brace Legs Collective did a sick TMNT pin a few months back, just like Juicy J made a TMNT song for the new movie. Similarly, Laser Pins made this wonderfully detailed pin of Shredder from the 1990 movie. They also have a ton of other character pins, Alf and Louis CK among them. $8 here (it glitters!).

Valley Cruise Press

A photo posted by Valley Cruise (@valleycruisepress) on Mar 17, 2016 at 7:11pm PDT

Like most self-loathing New York transplants, I’ve been wanting to move to LA for ages. Valley Cruise Press makes goods that push me over the edge. They’re just so happy and cute, and their photos contain so much natural light I feel like I’m getting Vitamin D through my iPhone. This pin is about my life.

$10 here.

PSA Press

Our new limited edition ABSO LUTELY enamel pin ships worldwide link to purchase in bio or psapress.com #pingame #pinwars #lapelpins #enamelpins #pincollector #pinsofig #pincommunity #enamelpin #lapelpin #pins #patchgame #pinlife #pinstagram #hatpin #hatpins

A photo posted by PSA PRESS (@psa_press) on May 19, 2016 at 8:52pm PDT

I get the ethical quandaries of stealing trademarked characters, but this is too funny for anyone to get mad about (you hear that, lawyers?). Tim and Eric are close enough to my heart that I would wear this. This isn’t like a band shirt where you hope people will see it and go, “Wow, stranger, you have OK taste! Here's a sexual favor,” it’s a talisman for comedy magic. I wish there was a company that solely made pins of all of the production credits for TV shows. Hint, hint.

$10 here.

Inner Decay

A photo posted by Inner Decay (@innerdecay) on May 23, 2016 at 6:53pm PDT

There are many poorly-made skull pins out there. I’ve released a bunch of OK ones, but Inner Decay has, hands-down, the best of them all. It’s now available in gold, and it looks incredible. It looks like it'll give you kvlt powers if you put it on your denim. If I had my own cult, I'd order a bunch of black robes and put these on each one. Solidarity.

$10 here.

Brace Legs Collective

Mmmmmmm  #pingame

A photo posted by Bracelegs (@bracelegscollective) on May 23, 2016 at 12:15pm PDT

Brace Legs is my friend, so I’m obviously biased. But isn’t all journalism just as thinly-veiled? The guy makes killer pins. He recently released this rock candy pin enamel and it looks amazing. Who has the best collection of 90s kid-influenced food imagery products on the web? Brace Legs. Buy them all and relive your childhood; you know it was a better time.

$10 here.

Thanks for reading this, consumerist masses. Be sure to use the code BOOTY at my shop, Strike Gently Co., for 20% off your order. Until next week—godspeed.

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