LA's Pin 'N' Patch Roadshow

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This weekend we are getting ready for LA's Pin 'N' Patch Roadshow here at Space 15 Twenty. PNP Roadshow is a quarterly event showcasing the best pin and patch artists in the city. In anticiaption for the event we stopped by and talked to a few of the amazing makers to learn more about them and pin culture. Scroll on to read more.

Photos by Iris Ray

NerdPins

Hi There! Can you tell us a little bit about your brand and how it got started?

NerdPins is the brainchild of Joe VanDyke, a Florida man living in downtown Los Angeles. Joe has an extensive background in arts and music, having spent all of his 20's playing and touring in punk and hardcore bands, and organizing large group artshows around Fl. NerdPins is not limited to one specific style, but an umbrella that allows Joe to make and pursue anything he feels like creating.

All of the pins and products are designed by him, some paying homage to music/movies/art that he is a fanboy of, others being original ideas and images of his own. Joe is also one half of Divided Youth, a brand created with his friend and fellow artist Preston Nettles. Nothing is off limits for NerdPins, whether it be thought provoking and provocative, or simple and amusing.

When did you first start with pin production and what were some of the first pins you ever made? 

I started making pins with my friend @FakeGucciBag in February 2016. Our collaboration is called @DIVIDEDYOUTH, and we launch limited seasonal collections. @NERDPINS (my own brand) launched in August 2016, and the first three pins I made were a Mendl's Box (from The Grand Budapest Hotel), Stranger Things, and a vegan donut. 

What's your favorite part about pin culture?

My favorite part about pin culture is being able to create products that people love based on my art. 

Describe your design aesthetic in 3 words.

Funny / Dark / Cool

Whats the best + hardest part about running your own brand?

The best part about running my own brand is seeing it take off and excite people on a daily basis. The hardest part is narrowing down what ideas to actually create a product with (my idea lists are never ending). 

Lastly, what are you looking forward to the most at the upcoming PNP Roadshow at Space 15 Twenty?

I'm looking forward to the interactions that happen at the table with your guests, and hanging out with all the other rad artists! 

BB-CRE.8

Hi There! Can you tell us a little bit about your brand and how it got started?

Hi! Our name is BB-CRE.8 and we consist of 2 childhood friends (Miguel and Michael) that are huge nerds and geeks showing our love and appreciation for Star Wars, videos games, pop culture, comics and most things nostalgic. In a nutshell, our brand is sewn together with the common thread of the Star Wars Universe while adding our little spin to it... we mash up our designs with something familiar from everyday culture. We actually started because we both work pretty intense jobs, one of us works as a mechanical engineer and the other as a clinical psychologist. We wanted to counteract the balance of our demanding careers with something we enjoy so much... drawing and creating

When did you first start with pin production and what were some of the first pins you ever made? 

We remember the exact day when our online store launched, March 16, 2016! It was a pretty awesome day. Our first pin we ever made was called the BB-OMB.8, which was a hybrid of the cute little BOB-OMB from the Super Mario Brothers Franchise and BB-8 from Star Wars. The way we came up with design is because one day Miguel's little 2 boys and Michael's nephews were playing with some toys that consisted of a BOB-OMB wind up toy and a remote controlled BB-8. They were having a ball crashing these 2 particular toys together. Miguel turned to Michael and said, "would't it be funny if we just merged them together to make a bob-omb bb8." Michael agreed and said, "I was just thinking the same thing." From there that's where our BB-OMB.8 was born and triggered so many silly mashups designs from there. Our current BB-CRE.8 collection totals at 111 mashup creations that we've designed! 

 

What's your favorite part about pin culture? 

The favorite part of the pin culture is how inclusive it can be and how it unites people. For the most part anyone can be a part of it... if you're into something, there's probably a pin for it. It's so amazing to see how just 1 pin design can unlock someone's world, hits them right in the feels and they start collecting from there. Not only that, but it's crazy to see how a piece of metal pinned onto a piece of clothing or bag can be like a window into someone's being. If you think about it on a deeper level, a pin can be almost like a beacon of that person's childhood, political stance, mood, personality, etc

Describe your design aesthetic in 3 words.

Fun, witty, creative!

Whats the best + hardest part about running your own brand?

The best thing about running our own brand is the freedom of our design process and we get to have fun doing it! We really don't take ourselves seriously so it keeps our process very free flowing and fun! The other part that rivals the freedom is the connection we get to have with our fans and followers of our brand that keep us going... because without them, there is no BB-CRE.8. On the flip side, the hardest part of running our own brand is the amount of time we are on social media. That within itself is can almost be a full time job. Not many understand the behind the scenes component in really building a brand and how social media marketing is such a big module. Getting the right wording, pictures, page content, engagement with followers, partnerships, etc. takes so much time, dedication and consistency. Also, not many know that we are just a 2 man team behind the scenes so trying to find that balance of work and play can be challenging at times 

Lastly, what are you looking forward to the most at the upcoming PNP Roadshow at Space 15 Twenty? 

What we look forward to the PNP Roadshow at Space 15 Twenty is connecting to people who talk with us. We hope to expose new people who may know nothing about the pin culture to this new division of art and also continue to grow the community we respect and love.

MOVE IN SILENCE

Hi There! Can you tell us a little bit about your brand and how it got started?

I have always had a passion for drawing, but I never found the right platform to show my ideas/creativity. I noticed the pin community, and how much fun it could be to make such a tangible item as an art piece, so I created MOVE IN SILENCE. My mentality has been to talk less and do more. The brand name is also referenced from a Lil Wayne lyric on 6'7'. "Real G's move in silence like lasagna". 

When did you first start with pin production and what were some of the first pins you ever made?

I started in February 2016. My first pin was homers hand with the words The World written on the palm of his hand. Also influenced by Lil Wayne's tattoo. I then made one of the Circus Liquor clown, Nike Cortez, and a sketch I made of Lil Wayne as Bart Simpson.

What's your favorite part about pin culture?

I can be myself, the great friends and support I've received from the pin community. 

Describe your design aesthetic in 3 words.

Mash Ups, Hip Hop, and Culture.

Whats the best + hardest part about running your own brand?

Best thing is being able to be myself, and being able to bring joy to people with such a small idea. Hardest part is obviously running numbers and managing the business. Working a full time job, and having a baby also brings difficulties, but it is all worth it! 

Lastly, what are you looking forward to the most at the upcoming PNP Roadshow at Space 15 Twenty

 I'm excited to show Space15 Twenty the impact that this pin community brings to these type of events. Our following continues to grow, and we are not slowing down

Check out more information on the Pin 'N' Patch Road Show here

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