What’s in a pin? Con Artist Collective, the scrappy community of creative hustlers always busy dreaming up crazy stuff on Ludlow Street, believes it’s just another way for artists to express themselves and the rest of us to have fun sticking funky doodads all over our jackets.
Tonight, in collaboration with Sticker Social Club (a group that regularly hosts drawing meet-ups and art parties) they’re launching Pinned Up, a show of hundreds of real cool enamel pins you can take home yourself for the price of a fancy cocktail–around 15 bucks. As we’ve seen in the past, these affordable Con Artist shows can be quite a feeding frenzy, so you might wanna prepare your elbow moves to jab people out of the way.
“I find [pins] have been growing in popularity,” said Brandon Wisecarver, the general manager of Con Artist’s co-working creative space. “I really think that it’s a way that art is making itself more accessible to people–it’s more accessible to buy these little pins that are custom designed than, like, a full work of art. But we try to treat these as a work of art, printed in limited edition.
Collecting pins, as Scumbags and Superstars reminded us earlier this year, is kind of a real DIY move, with long roots in the weirdo art and punk scenes. And these days pins are sticking their mark everywhere–recently Pintrill, a speciality pin company, made so much money it opened its first IRL store right in the heart of Williamsburg. It makes sense more artists would want to get in on the fun.
To keep your #PinGameStrong, the possibilities are endless, ranging from commercially-minded to highly personal– would you prefer a Spiderman pin or an artists’ vision of a spider talking? Or maybe just go completely out there with Freddy Kreuger holding a pussy cat? This party has it all, with street artists like Ca$h4 $mell$ and Cosbe contributing next to scribblers and painters like Jennifer Ortiz and Wizard Skull.
The show, which opens at 7 pm this evening and will run till June 4th, features unique enamel pins from at least 50 artists (many, but not all, part of Con Artist), each issued in limited edition quantities–after all, you don’t want to be wandering around Governor’s Ball bumping into 10 other people with the same zombie Charlie Brown pin, do ya? You can buy as many as you like and, who knows, maybe you’ll even be lucky enough that those little pinsies will make like real live art investments and become worth a sack of money when said artist blows up and someone wants to make a lifetime exhibition of her oeuvre and you’re the only one who still has one of those early-period pins. (Seriously, you never know…)
The pins are actually produced in collaboration with Trippy Pins, a pretty neat company that allows just about anyone to create their own custom logo pins. Yes, you too can become a pin artist, so if you don’t find anything at the show that meets your fancy–or the Freddy Krueger pins get sold out too fast–you can go ahead and create one yourself.
Pinned Up, at Con Artist Collective, 119 Ludlow Street between Delancey and Rivington.
Opening tonight, 7-11 p.m.