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Keep your pin up: my jacket of memories

denim jacket, pins, featured
denim jacket, pins

Do you keep mementos from the places you’ve been and things you’ve done?

I wouldn’t say I’m an overly sentimental person, but I do keep items that mean something. The wristband from my first trip to the EGX expo; thank you cards received after volunteering for SpecialEffect; the cork from champagne bottles at special events. That kind of thing.

A few years ago, I started adding pins to my denim jacket in a similar way. Each time Pete and I visit a new place or participate in a new experience, I try to find an enamel badge to honour it and add to my growing collection. A photograph of this was shared on Instagram a few weeks ago and I mentioned how there might be a post about coming one day soon.

Well, here we are. I love the way my jacket has evolved into something almost like a canvas of memories, and it makes me feel nostalgic when I put it on. It’s also a great conversation starter – whenever I’ve worn it to an expo, at least one person has asked where I managed to find a certain pin. The most recent was added in late December so now seems like a good time to take a walk down memory lane.

The entries in the table below correspond to the badges in the photograph above and I’ve included links to the places they were purchased from where possible, in case anyone wants one for themselves. With WASD coming up in March, more trips to Phantom Peaks on the cards and hopefully a few weekends away with friends this year, I expect the collection to continue getting larger. There’s still a lot of denim to cover and so plenty of space for new memories.

I love the way my jacket has evolved into something almost like a canvas of memories, and it makes me feel nostalgic when I put it on.

DateBadgeMemory
June
2018
Sensitive BadassThe badge which started it all. Obtained from backing The Doubleclick’s Kickstarter campaign.
July
2018
Save FerrisPurchased from a stand at the London Gaming Market, as I’m a huge fan of the 80s.
November
2018
Game BoyBought while volunteering on the stand for SpecialEffect at the MCM Comic Con in London.
December
2018
Blue shellFound on Etsy after writing a post about Christmas gifts for gamers – liked it so much that I made a purchase.
February
2019
Please AdoptPurchased from Etsy after Zelda’s brother Link sadly passed away due to a heart defect (we adopted them both in 2016).
May
2019
GameBlast heartBought from Insert Coin in the MCM Comic Con in London, while volunteering on the stand for SpecialEffect.
November
2019
Wine bottlePurchased from Amazon after a rather drunken evening at a wine-tasting event with Pete.
September
2020
LightningBought from Amazon after completing Final Fantasy XIII on stream – a reminder to never play another Final Fantasy game.
October
2020
Guybrush, LeChuck and MurrayKindly gifted to me Ellen from Ace Asunder as part of a lovely parcel sent to us from Canada.
December
2020
Los Angeles DetectiveReceived as a part of a kind gift of the Post Mortem: Murder Mystery series from Kevin from The Lawful Geek.
June
2021
The Detective SocietyReceived in one of the episodes after subscribing to The Detective Society’s monthly mystery games.
December
2021
AnchorA Christmas gift from Ellen from Ace Asunder – a reminder that stormy waters can be sailed.
March
2022
DeLoreanPurchased from Etsy after taking my stepson to see the Back to the Future musical.
September
2022
Phantom PeakA souvenir from our first trip to Phantom Peak last year, and the first of several pins from the event.
September
2022
Big DaddyBought at the EGX expo, after spending the day volunteering on the stand for SpecialEffect.
October
2022
Jonas ApprovedA souvenir from our second visit to Phantom Peak for the Hallowed Peak Halloween edition.
November
2022
Manny CalaveraA nice little badge received as part of the welcome pack at this year’s AdventureX conference.
December
2022
Cowboy platypusA souvenir from our third trip to Phantom Peak for the Wintermas edition, which left me feeling more festive.
December
2022
Voodoo GuybrushAnother lovely Christmas gift from Ellen from Ace Asunder, who continues to feed my Monkey Island and pin habit.
Coming
soon
OuroborosFound on the Insert Coin website while getting the link for the GameBlast heart above. Feels appropriate for my ESO obsession.
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