Nothing compares to those sweet, sweet feelings of nostalgia. Just thinking about your childhood favorite cartoon, song, movie, or video game tugs your heart to a simpler time. Fortunately, today you can do more than just think about the pop culture of your past. You can bring it to life with custom lapel pins! As kids, we loved to collect toys and stickers based on our favorite cartoon characters, TV shows, and superheroes, but toys and stickers are so ‘00s. Collecting enamel pins is totally #trending right now. So why not design your own custom lapel pin inspired by your joyous youth?
To help spark your creativity, we’ve traveled across the internets to find some super cool throwback pins. Check them out.
Sick Sad World (Daria): As you’re probably well aware, Daria is an animated sitcom that aired on MTV from 1997 though 2002. Set in the satirical all-American suburb of Lawndale, the show followed the titular character, Daria Morgendorffer. The series ran for 5 seasons and was actually a spinoff of Mike Judge’s animated classic Beavis and Butt-Head—although Mr. Judge wasn’t involved in the production of Daria. “Sick Sad World" is a fake TV show set in the world of Daria. This super cool Soft Enamel pin features the “Sick Sad World” title card. You can buy one here!
Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller: Also known as Super NES or SNES, the Nintendo corporation released this 16-bit home video game console to North America in 1991. Although the SNES had a late introduction to the 16-bit console landscape—Sega released its 16-bit console (Genesis) in 1989—Super Nintendo became the best selling console. The system’s iconic controller has been recreated in this Hard Enamel pin. You can buy one here!
Nintendo 64 Controller: Also known as N64, the Nintendo corporation released this 64-bit home video game console to North America in 1996. While the Sony Playstation (released in 1995) sold more units (102 million worldwide vs. 32 million worldwide), the N64 was still beloved. Two exclusive games that solidified N64’s g.o.a.t. status are Mario Kart 64, and GoldenEye 007. The system’s iconic controller has been recreated in this Hard Enamel pin. You can buy one here!
Rocko's Modern Life: Rocko’s Modern Life is an animated sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon from 1993 though 1996. The titular character, Rocko, is an anthropomorphic wallaby from Australia. Set in the fictional town of O-Town near the Great Lakes, the show became controversial for sexual innuendos and other adult humor. A new TV special should be premiering in Spring 2018. This beautifully illustrated Hard Enamel pin features the star of the show, Rocko. You can buy one here!
Powerline (A Goofy Movie): A Goofy Movie is an animated road trip, musical, buddy comedy movie produced by Disney and released in 1995. The movie was a continuation of the TV show Goof Troop, which aired its final episode several years before A Goofy Movie was released. Goof Troop aired from 1992-1993. A Goofy Movie follows Goofy and his son, Max, on a road trip across country. Their destination is a fishing whole at Lake Destiny, Idaho, but Max has other plans… This movie is a personal favorite and I’m fighting the urge to hit every plot point with you, so I’ll just get to the pin. This pin features Powerline, a Prince/Michael Jackson type rock star in the movie. If you’re a fan of A Goofy Movie, you’ll want this Soft Enamel with Epoxy pin. You can buy one here!
Unsolved Mysteries: Unsolved Mysteries is an American television show, hosted by Robert Stack from 1987 to 2002. The series originally aired on NBC before switching to CBS, and finally landing on Lifetime. Spike rebooted the series in 2007 with host Dennis Farina, and aired 175 episodes. Unsolved Mysteries featured a wide range of mysterious tales the viewer was encouraged to help solve. The stories ranged from real world dramas, like vehicle hit-and-runs, to the supernatural, like ghosts and physics. This Soft Enamel pin features the shows logo on a tube TV screen. You can buy one here!
That’s it for now, but you’ll be able to find more 90’s nostalgia in future blog posts. As we come across more cool pins, we’ll put up new posts. If you find any fun 90’ themed pins on your internet travels, please leave a comment with a link. It’s nice to share.
Today, pins are used for a wide variety of reasons, but the trend is nothing new. They have a deeply rooted history in all corners of the world. Wearing a lapel pin has become a common expression of patriotism and allegiance. Lapel pins are incredibly popular and tiny symbols of everything from causes to brands to political parties to musical artists. Visit GetLapelPins.com/request-a-quote and start developing a custom lapel pin and relive your childhood.