Instagram has a way of amplifying indie art. Just think of Donald Robertson’s fashionable giraffes or Banksy’s irreverent street art. The latest manifestation of that phenomenon is pins. (Bonus: it’s a wearable art trend!)
Enamel pins that reflect pop and internet culture are currently being collected like crazy. They’re super cute and are often based on emojis or memes, like “girl raising hand” or “Damn, Daniel!” It’s a strange real life-Instagram loop. They’re based on internet culture, worn in real life (denim jackets are a popular place to stick them— remember the first time we did that!), and are often photographed and posted back to the medium that inspired them.
The most popular artists making them include Pintrill, These Are Things, and Adam J. Kurtz, but there are scores more if you scour Etsy or other indie shops. They’ve become so popular, in fact, that Zara knocked off many of the favorites, inspiring a ton of backlash against the retailer. (Shame on you, Zara!) Pro Tip: You can support the real artists by using ShopArtTheft.com. I snagged a few while writing this post— I mean, how could I resist!
Check out some of my favorites in the collage below, and tell me which ones you love and how you’re wearing them in the comments!
Photo borrowed from A Beautiful Mess.