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.
Saddle up, kids. It’s time for another pin roundup. This week wasn’t terribly exciting, except that I turned down an offer from Urban Outfitters, which felt so great. Why sell out to The Man when you can keep selling out to yourself? The pin game will stick around as long as there are more independent companies selling their own stuff than there are independent companies giving their stuff away for $3/piece to major retailers to sell for $10. Fight the good fight, comrades.
PSA Press releases so many good pins that I often include them twice in the same roundup by accident. This is the one about that weird 70s French sci-fi movie with the blue people who enslave all the humans and make them do the stuff. Yeah, of course I’ve seen it. Haven't you?
This is my new favorite pin... Not a huge achievement from Inner Decay, since most of his new releases end up being my favorite pins of all time. Is it a donut? Is it math? Is it the universe? A black hole, perhaps? I don’t know, but I like it. The colors are simply sexy.
It's not cool to admit that you liked Sublime in middle school, and that’s ok; you can wear one of the band’s numerous motifs on your jacket, or backpack, or whatever, thanks to this visual metaphor by Millustration. This one puts a tantalizing new take on "Life is one big question when your starin' at the clock / And the answer's always waiting at the liquor store."
Speaking of bootlegs—I’ve seen a lot of obvious pop cultural imagery translated into pins. I’ve heard diehard punks criticize the pingame for being purely aesthetic. It might be fun and lighthearted, but that doesn’t make it nihilistic; you can still signify morals and values and politics all that adolescent punk trash through nuanced symbols that you buy and affix to your clothes, like this pin of Biggie’s Coogi sweater. It shows that you like Biggie, appreciate fashion, and are bold enough to wear a metal garment on top of a regular garment. Ballsy.
High Five Pins
Literally the pin to end all Simpsons pins. This one was a long time in the making, and it was done pretty well, too. I don’t have anything else to say on the matter. Simpsons bootleg stuff is over, guys. Or is it?
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