These Lapel Pins Could Land You In Jail!

Don’t get me wrong, I know the power of lapel pins. I know that they can inspire, incite action, comfort, or amuse. But in North Korea, lapel pins are more than a way to personalize an outfit or reflect a cause: they’re mandatory. That’s correct. Every adult citizen of North Korea is required to wear a pin bearing the image of Kim Jung Il or his father, Kim Il Sung. Continue reading

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Service Star Flag pins and their meaning

As the political season kicks into high gear, we at PinMart start getting news alerts about what the candidates and their entourages are wearing on their suit jackets. Usually it’s timeless American Flag lapel pins, but yesterday there was a barrage of news stories on a pin that Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine was wearing. Some years ago, Kaine had done humanitarian work in Honduras, so when he gave his DNC speech on Wednesday, his flag lapel pin, which was clearly not the American Flag, it was at first IDed the Honduran flag. This riled up critics who expressed anger that Kaine was not paying tribute to his own country. But upon closer scrutiny, and confirmed by Kaine, the flag he was wearing was discovered to be a blue Service Star flag pin. That is because two days ago his son Nat, a marine, deployed overseas. Continue reading

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Political Pins, Policy, and Protesters, Oh My!

No pressure or anything, but the 2016 US Presidential election is possibly one of the most important elections in our country’s history. I say this because we are a world-policy-driving country in the midst of a world that is dealing with terror attacks, race wars, environmental upheaval, and a host of other as of yet unthought of issues. And our choices, if both the Democratic and Republican conventions go according to speculation, are the first woman to hold the office of President or the first man without any prior political or military experience to take the office. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. Continue reading

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An End to Memorial Pins

It’s not an easy thing to talk about: all of this violence happening to police and to the people they are sworn to protect. The truth is that none of this should be happening, and we shouldn’t have to talk about it at all. Or rather, I wish that we didn’t need to talk about it anymore. As a human I watch the news and sometimes cannot bear what I see. As someone who works with awareness products for a living, I feel exactly the same way. Continue reading

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Happy Holiday Weekend from PinMart!

Ah, the obligatory 4th of July blog post! I don’t say that grudgingly, as this is one of my absolute favorite holidays, especially as I get older. It’s an opportunity to celebrate family, friends, and community, as well as our country and all it stands for. When I was a kid it was mostly about the fireworks, and the excitement around the subsequent landscape or siding damage that inevitably occurred. Now the fireworks are still wonderful, but the social aspect with friends and family is just as much fun. Continue reading

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Souvenir Pins Are Great Travel Companions

Road trip season is here! And “road trip” can mean literally putting rubber to the road and exploring our great country the old fashioned way. Or it can mean jumping an airplane to explore parts unknown in the USA or around the world. Summer is a great time to go exploring, no matter how you do it. And one of the best parts of “road trips” is the mementos that you bring back from your journeys. Souvenir pins are proving to be a popular choice this year. Continue reading

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Custom Lapel Pins Are Going Viral

It’s safe to say that lapel pins are taking over the internet. With marketplaces like Etsy out there, and web savvy people who know how to create their own website storefronts, combined with companies like PinMart who will create (just about) any thing your heart desires, the possibilities are endless. And I cannot tell you how cool it feels to go on something like Instagram or Buzzfeed and see content featuring custom lapel pins that I’ve personally had a hand in: it’s seeing a little bit of you stretching out across the world and make it a bit more colorful, unique, and edgy. Continue reading

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Safety is big business

There’s one thing I know is true-well, two if you count always listening to your mother-and that’s that safety matters. Safety first. Safety is job one. There are a thousand slogans about safety and its importance at home, at school, especially in the workplace. ┬áSome are cheesy, others are clever, but all are correct. Our lives are one big spin of the danger roulette wheel without precautions and safety protocols. Continue reading

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How aware are you about allergies?

It’s safe to say that in our connected, content-driven 21st century world that we’re very “aware”. Social media keeps us up on our third cousin twice removed and their upcoming birthday, while 24 hour news makes sure we know every terrible thing a politician says about another politician. We almost can’t avoid this awareness. But something that sometimes gets overlooked, or at least under recognized, are food allergies. This month is designated National Food Allergies Awareness month, and I think it’s probably one of the more informative awareness campaigns out there, and wearing things like awareness ribbon lapel pins is a great way to start important conversations. Continue reading

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Lapel Pins Fit For A King… THE King

I think this story is pretty cool. Not often in my job do I get to claim that what I do is in any way tied to rock and roll royalty, much less the King himself. But this morning an article found its way into my inbox that I thought was really unique.. Continue reading

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