Pins and Patches
For Mondays and any other times when it's critical to warn people of your attitude before they mess with you, Rosehound Apparel's "Feeling Salty" patch is nasty but nice. The 100% cotton patch measures 2.75 inches, is iron-on and is available in a peachy pink or black.
Blending the art of sport and the art of actual art, Toronto-based Just Visiting's Neobasketism pin is simple yet bold. The brass enamel pin with black nickel plating is for basketball fans as much as it is for art lovers, blending ball with Mondrian.
When you can't find your chill-out medication and need a like-minded friend to lament all your concerns to, just affix this Bad Vibes (aka Matt Darling) "Anxiety Ghost" pin to your lapel for a bit company. The hard enamel and chrome-plated nickel pin has the words "overthink everything" emblazoned across the ghost's chest. Share your woes with this friendly little spook and face the day with a friend.
Whether wishful thinking or genuine posi vibes, this OK enamel lapel pin by London-based illustrator Maria Ines Gul is one for anybody who need a little optimistic mantra in the mornings. Measuring approximately 30mm by 16mm, this miniature A-OK hand-gesture pin spreads the smiles. (Just don't wear it in Turkey or Brazil where it sometimes represents negative expressions, including "asshole.")
Rep your favorite beverage with this beer can lapel pin by Night Watch Studios. Cast in red, blue, cream and chrome, it’s a simple design that recalls the classic beer commercials of yesteryear.
Equal parts sweet and heartbreaking—just like the movie—this ET patch from La Barbuda will show your age (the film was released in 1982) and your emotional state. With an iron-on adhesive backing, the 9cm patch boats merrowed edges to prevent fraying.
Making reference to NASA iconography while keeping it all about New York City—the center of the universe for many—Micah Spear's NYC Galaxy Patch offers the best of both worlds. It's charming for residents and non-residents alike and easy to iron onto any piece of apparel—space suit or not.
From Ohio-based These Are Things (aka artists Jen Adrion and Omar Noory) comes a simple and sweet accessory: a rose gold enamel "Feminist" lapel pin. Measuring one inch across, and even better than a "Hello My Name Is" tag, the pin is made in the USA and will make sure nobody gets you twisted.
Whether it's a cheerful statement letting people know you made it over the rainbow or a colorful way to tell them you're done, These Are Things' "Over It" patch is a delight. With an iron-on adhesive backing, it's easy to attach to your favorite denim jacket or backpack and will have you singing like Judy Garland in no time.
Big Bud Press' "Buddy" pin isn't to be worn around parents or young cousins—depending on your family's vibe. With double posts and super-hard enamel and gunmetal, this pin is functional and durable—and its colorful, sweet little character is very 420 friendly.
Designed in Winnipeg, this "Jeff Goldblum Appreciation Society" patch is self-explanatory and essential for any Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Igby Goes Down or almost any enjoyable movie from the past 40-odd years. It's easily ironed-on, measures three inched and comes in a cutesy colorway of peach, yellow and pale blue—making it easy to spot fellow fan club members from afar.
Luscious lips, a pink tongue, gold tooth and an ace of spades combine for this Explorer's Press lapel pin, designed by the talented Chloe Kovska. The one-inch pin (made from enamel and brass) combines luck and lust in a delightful design that will look excellent on the lapel of your leather jacket.
This set of supernatural pins comes from the mind of London-based tattoo artist and illustrator Tati Compton in collaboration with Prize Pins. Depicting snakes, skulls, scorpions and little witchcraft, each pin is over one-inch in size to showcase Compton’s attention to detail. Their cool grey, gold and navy color palette adds an extra dimension of spooky.
Melbourne-based Unempire has plenty of salty and subversive sock designs in their collection, but nothing is quite as bold as their "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" lapel pin. Depicting a perfectly manicured hand clutching a vibrator, the pin is made from enamel, metal and plenty of sass.
Wallow in your apathy and self-pity with Mean Folk's adorably depressing "Why Even Try" patch. The hand-shaped embroidered patch can be sewn or ironed onto your favorite denim jacket or tote bag. If you can be bothered, that is.
Toronto-based Inner Decay has a knack for making eye-catching pins and patches that stir-up all kinds of feelings. Their straightforward “The End” patch marks a conclusion—whether it's a story's happily-ever-after ending, the last statement in an argument, or something a little more grim. The three-inch round patch comes with an iron-on backing and its black-and-white colorway makes it easy to match.