Summer means a lot of things. It’s summer vacation for kids. It’s swimming and outdoor sports season. Wedding season. And one of my favorites: it’s fest season! Festival season combines many of my favorite things: great live music, creative projects and people, great street food, and increasingly, unique and really amazing custom lapel pins! Whether it’s Burning Man or Disney World, pins are making a huge impact on the festival season.
Working with custom lapel pins means I run across a lot of pieces we’ve created for things like fests over the years, and I’ve saved some of my favorites on my pin wall. Neon mosaic owls for Electric Forest; huge, beautiful rhinestone playas for Burning Man; anarchy symbols and religious declarations for conventions, realistic airplanes for EAA AirVenture, and a rainbow skull and crossbones for QueerCon. Their creativity, size and often playfulness make them absolutely some of my favorite pieces.
And at Disneyland they’ve made pin collecting a serious hobby, with thousands to choose from everywhere you go, and long-time collectors walking around with lanyards that weigh literally pounds, festooned with characters, anniversary pins, and event commemoration. Each lanyard is probably worth hundreds or thousands of dollars, and I guarantee you none of the people wearing them would trade them in for the money back. Lapel pins from fests or places like Disney are solid metal memories that can bring their owners back every time they look at them.
Do you have a custom pin collection? Or some other unique collection that you wouldn’t trade for any amount? We’d love to hear about it!