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Pin Collectors Part I - at the Patch and Pin Expo

Patch and Pin Expo took place on Saturday Nov 18th in Los Angeles. Although there were some hiccups in the beginning that were near catastrophic, the event eventually worked out. As a vendor, it was looking grim. Here's just a few problems: entered very late, no table for Giant Robot, not enough tables, not enough communication, no wifi as promised, no shade as promised, and the VIP line 1.5 hours late, and I'm sure there were plenty more. Yet, people seemed happy once the event was rolling. There were customers and in the end, I'm hoping these photos helped show who came. 

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The Most Loyal Dog Ever — Commemorated as The Hachiko Pin

Wrote about Hachiko Pin at our "site" at Medium.com It's a short one: In 1924, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno took the train to the University of Tokyo and didn’t make it back. He passed away at work. His dog Hachiko would routinely meet him at the station for his return home, and kept the daily pattern for over nine years until his death. Since then, stories have been written, Japanese films made, and recently, an American movie, Hachi celebrated the story. Yet one of the most popular aspects of the dog’s memory is in statue form. It was created in 1934, melted down, and reconstructed after World War II. I’ve visited the Hachiko statue at Tokyo’s Shibuya station many times over...

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The Cafe Latte Rosetta Pin

I'm still obsessed with coffee and Balconi Coffee Company gives me a great excuse to design and make pins "for them." This time it's the cafe latte pin. The rosetta design is strong example of foam "latte art." The designs can get hectic and creative, yet the rosetta stands strongest as a classic design. I've seen it for years at Balconi and it makes perfect sense for us to offer this pin. Also, we added a special touch. The rosetta glows in the dark as it should. Get your Latte Pin.

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Designing the Giant Robot Pin Collection

Today, someone asked if I did art. My answer is "no" every time. I've curated art, written plenty of articles, and designed numerous Giant Robot shirts, but art? I don't do it. Lately, I've designed the Giant Robot pins and even then it's not art to me. It's "just" pins - designs that live at one inch wide. One our podcast, The Jew and The Lotus, Daniel Rolnik mentions that if you scattered a bunch of pins, you'd see a similar style to them all. Maybe I'm in that category. Either way, I'm grateful to be able to get nearly instant gratification in designing something and seeing it to the end of production. Here's a look at the all.  

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