Like we said only a few months ago, pins are impossibly cool again. Whether you're wearing OG Chanel safety pins, PINTRILL, or Dime, if you're pinning, you're winning. Inspired by his own love of pins, Othelo Gervacio, OFF-WHITE affiliate and art director at All Day, asked four of his friends to create a collection of limited-edition soft enamel pins to be sold exclusively at The Gift Shop at Red Bull Studios New York. The artists featured include Jason Rodman (the man behind the Sin Amor pins), Lele Saveri, VIZIE, and Leo Fitzpatrick. Here, they explain what inspired the pins they designed for The Gift Shop, which are being released tomorrow night.
“I have always been a collector and admirer of pins, especially the enamel-finished kind. People are starting to produce them more and more, but coming across a great vintage one is like finding buried treasure. Regarding the curation of the set, I wanted to create a collection with artists who not only share this certain affinity for collecting pins, but who could also create something visually arresting that I could greedily add to my own collection [Laughs].” – Othelo Gervacio
“So there’s no real back-story to my pin other then I don’t believe in religion or war or wars over religion... Fighting over words written thousands of years ago in today’s society makes no sense to me...Oh well, what do I know?” – Leo Fitzpatrick
“As far as the process goes, I asked my friend Ray Martinez to redesign an old anarchist character I found on an old Italian zine from the '70s.” – Lele Saveri
“I wanted to make a pin that was like a piece of jewelry. I used to be into pins with words or imagery, but I found that with such straightforward messages, they were limited in their use. I wanted to make an abstract image that would go well on a leather jacket or a suit. A piece of wearable art that was art first, turned into an object. I chose a more reflective finish, because I wanted the metal to work as an outline for the image in dark and in light, further abstracting the literal image of the I-beam. Something I tried out on a pin I made in November.” – VIZIE
“I think a successful pin is one that grabs the audiences' attention quickly and relays a message just as fast. Most of the time I have a general aesthetic I like to stick to. Nothing overly detailed but still being able to get my point across. Usually the message is something subversive…Maybe it’s residual teenage angst. Fuck this, fuck that, fuck you.” – Jason Rodman