DesignerCon 2016

This has to be perhaps one of our favorite trade shows of the year. DesignerCon is full of independent artists and designers, it was an indie art lover’s dream. With a low entry fee for a weekend badge it allows attendees to spend their money on the vendors there. This year the pin game was especially strong, with the majority of dealers having some sort of pin for sale (a number of them even specialized in just pins). We’ll likely see the number of pins available on the market gaining in popularity into 2017. What do you think of a ‘Suit Up! Geek Out!’ pin going on sale? Would you rock one?

There were so many talented artists at this event that one could easily lose themselves for hours on end. Check out out some of our favorites that really stood out for us below and know that we’ll likely be there again next year!

Brick Brick Gear
Hats that you can customize with LEGO blocks! They come in a variety of color plates that you can switch out for even more customization!

Yesterdays Co.
If you’re into pins then look no further! Especially if you’re into pop culture! Their new ‘Walking Dead’ series is pretty awesome.

Han Cholo
You might have seen some of their stuff like the Jedi Class Ring on ThinkGeek. They’re not just limited to Star Wars anymore. Their Voltron and Masters of the Universe collection is pretty boss.

If you dig movies, collectibles, and more be sure to check out SquarredCo. Producer of high quality limited edition goods such as pins and prints based off of elements of pop culture.

Fearsome Beast
I just gotta say that I love the artwork of Katherine Walsh! Specializing in amazing embroidery work reminiscent of a combination of Mike Mignola and Guillermo del Toro, I hope one day to own one of her pieces. For now I’ll treasure one of her Skull & Leaf pins.

If you dig Star Wars as much as I do you want to check out RebelArt and if you’re not…still check em out. A lot of great stuff there not just limited to a galaxy far far away! Got my hands on one of his limited edition Glow-in-the-Dark Rebel pins.

Photos Courtesy of MPao Photography

Written by: MPao

Editor-in-Chief of ‘Suit Up! Geek Out!’.

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