Have We Reached Awareness Ribbon Saturation

Walking down the street on your way to get lunch, you see a young man walk by with a blue awareness ribbon pin on his lapel. But wait – what’s he raising awareness of? Is it forawareness ribbon pins victim’s rights? Hurricane victims? Maybe Huntington’s disease. Wait – was it light blue or dark blue? Light blue could be prostate cancer. Dark blue, maybe Epstein-Barr virus. There are well over 50 different causes associated with the color blue alone, particularly when you add in navy, periwinkle, and color combinations. And when you consider all of the different ribbons, you’ll find that about 500 different diseases, conditions, and causes have specific ribbon colors associated with them.

Awareness ribbons make a meaningful statement. The red HIV/AIDS ribbon that first began appearing on lapels in 1991 was a visually striking reminder of the crisis, and it has awareness ribbon pinsbecome an internationally recognized symbol for the cause. Using ribbons as a way to raise awareness spread from there. For many people who suffer with an illness, who struggle to live with a life-altering condition, or who want to bring attention to a crisis situation, wearing a ribbon can bring a feeling of pride and visibility.

But with nearly 500 different causes represented by awareness ribbons, how much does a ribbon mean outside of a particular community? The red ribbon and its historical association with HIV/AIDS, the pink ribbon for breast cancer, the yellow ribbon to support our troops – most people know these associations, although all of those ribbon colors are used for other causes as well. Do people know what orchid or lavender or burgundy mean?

Ultimately, maybe it’s not so important to know off the top of your head what a pearl-colored awareness ribbon means if that leads to you asking or looking it up. Wearing a awareness ribbon pinssilver ribbon to represent CMT disease may simply make the wearer feel seen and recognized, since it’s considered a rare condition. Many organizations also use awareness ribbons as a fundraiser or giveaways to conference attendees. And while colors like blue and green and red might be used to represent dozens of different causes, each of those ribbons also represents a person who someone loves.

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Custom Pins That Promote Your Podcast

It’s official… I’m obsessed with podcasts! More specifically, Meghan Rienks podcast. I have been a long-time viewer of YouTube personality and actress Meghan Rienks YouTube channel. When she announced she was starting a podcast titled “Don’t Blame Me”, I at first was skeptical as to what exactly a podcast was yet my skepticism quickly changed as I realized I really like the whole idea of it. New episodes are available every Friday on Apple Podcasts and Sound Cloud. You can also now watch her podcast on her YouTube channel.Don't Blame Me Podcast Meghan Rienks

While on the topic of podcasts… Recently, Saturdays With Chickenduck, a weekly podcast hosted by James Adam and Casey Schearer reached out wanting to create a Custom Pin for their podcast. We took their logo, which is a chickenduck, yes, you read that correctly, it’s not a typo, a chickenduck and turned it into a quack-tastic pin!Saturdays With Chickenduck Podcast I of course wanted to know a little more about how they came up with the name chickenduck, so I reached out and was amazed to hear the reason behind the name and how the podcast came to be. Host Casey Schearer said the idea to do the podcast came to him after he saw Kevin Smith at the premier for his movie Yoga Hosers in Red Bank, NJ at The Count Basie Theater. Casey recalls Kevin Smith saying something about how if you feel like you have something to say, get your friends together and record a podcast. Casey then talked it over with his friend Jimmy and together they decided to start their own podcast. The name came to them easier than actually starting the show. When they were kids, they would always pass a house next to a contaminated lake due to a local battery plant. At the house were birds that looked like they were half chicken half duck, hence the name “chickenduck”. They had always talked about starting a cartoon when they were younger about the Chickenduck but they never did anything with it. So instead they decided to use the name for their podcast. Their friend Jimmy Ettele, The Napkin Guy (@thenapkinguy on Instagram) created their quirky logo for them and Casey wanted something to sell that would last forever so he decided to get pins made. That’s where we came in! 

Custom Pins are a great way to promote a podcast. Why you may ask? Well if you have a podcast of your own, you may already know how much your loyal listeners enjoy merchandise that represents the podcast they love. Custom Pins are a witty way to brand your podcast. Set your podcast apart from the rest! Rather than t-shirts and mugs, listeners can show off their love and support of your podcast on the daily. Whether they accessorize their denim jacket or backpack with your pin it’s likely that more people will see your Custom Pin then they would a mug that the listener drinks from in the comfort of their own home.

Saturdays With Chickenduck Podcast Custom Pin

Thank you @chickenduckpond! We had a blast helping you create your Custom Pin.

Be sure to check out their podcast on Soundcloud.

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Labor Day Legacy

Labor day is a reminder of the power of the people. It’s a legacy of people coming Volunteering pinstogether for a common cause, and the result is something you see every day in American work places. Whether it’s an office or a factory line, unions have played a role in improving workplace quality, establishing a 5 day work week, and ensuring workplace safety. And it’s why the US and Canada take this first Monday in September off, with many other countries doing the same on the first Monday in May. Continue reading

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Uncle Sam Wants YOU

Revolutionary war heroes, pirates, smuggling, and the birth of our country… what do all ofAlexander Hamilton these have in common? They are the reason and the inspiration for America’s first officially recognized branch of the military: The Coast Guard! Dreamed up by America’s inaugural Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, the Coast Guard was created in 1790 to help protect America’s burgeoning trade relations with the world, to protect the coastline from foreign intrusion, and to aid its citizens who called the eastern seaboard their home. Continue reading

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Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament for Jelessa Oats

Back in June I had the honor of representing PinMart as a Gold Sponsor in the Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament for Jelessa Oats. My husband is a Temple Terrace Firefighter/Paramedic and Jelessa is the daughter of fellow Temple Terrace Firefighter/Paramedic Jesse Oats.Temple Terrace Fire Department Local 3582 On March 10, 2018 Jelessa was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Watch her story: here. Continue reading

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It’s Getting Better All the Time

I’m guilty of it. I think any millennial is, as well as a majority of Americans in general. We’re glued to our phones. Cell phones used to be a form of safety when on the road or away from home, a way to keep in contact when you had to be away from a landline. But in the decades since cell phones were introduced, they’ve become a whole lot more. They’re lapel pinsthe way we connect with friends and family in a multitude of ways. They’re our cameras, our event calendars, our personal assistants, encyclopedias, entertainment centers, and storefronts.  We can buy a car, a house, and yes, lapel pins, right from our phones. And that was the recent topic discussed by our CEO Mike Dominelli at a tech conference in Chicago. Continue reading

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Wear your Pride Proudly

We all just want to belong, don’t we? Honestly, I think acceptance is right up there with food, shelter, and a purpose in life when it comes to the most important things to everyone, pride pinsregardless of who you are or where you come from. And that’s what June’s Pride Month is all about. It’s about being who you are, unapologetically and joyfully, and supporting others to do the same. The LGBTQ movement has evolved with every passing year, since the early political days of the 1970’s to the much more diversified spectrum of Queer culture, and whether you find yourself as part of the LGBTQ rainbow, or you’re a proud straight ally, Pride Month is about accepting everyone, so don’t be shy, whoever you are. Continue reading

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

I never really knew about it. Parkinson’s. But to tell you the truth, if someone mentioned itParkinson's Disease lapel pins the first thought that comes to mind is Michael J. Fox. For those of you not familiar with Parkinson’s, it’s a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects motor skills. The symptoms come on slowly over time, and the most obvious physical changes are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking. Continue reading

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Be Autism Friendly!

autism awareness pinsI’ll be the first to admit that at a party, I’m the one in the corner or the back of the room, hopefully having found the host’s pet cat or dog to hang out with. I’m painfully shy and struggle in groups. I bet a lot of you can relate. But for those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) social interaction is a minefield and can make daily life extremely difficult to navigate through for them and their friends and loved ones. That’s why Autism Awareness Month exists: to build understanding and support in every community, and hopefully make a difference in the lives of those with ASD. Continue reading

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World Water Day

eco-green awareness pinsThe month of March is known to be in like a lion and out like a lamb. Whether that old adage holds true or not, March is a month when I’m acutely aware of weather, and nature, and so it makes sense to have World Water Day on March 22nd. It’s a vitally important platform that was started by the UN in 1993 and has grown ever since to help bring attention to the multitude of issues that face us and our planet. Continue reading

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