Today I’m talking to my pin client Heather Parry from EXTRA TEETH.
You recently had an order of pins from Pin Head that say, simply EXTRA TEETH. Can you tell us a bit about this very intriguing project?
Yes! Extra Teeth is a brand new literature magazine from Scotland, featuring stories and essays all with illustration from a guest artist. We’re Scottish but with an international outlook, and our first issue features prize-winners, best-sellers and new writers alike. Our Issue One illustrator is the fantastic Maria Stoian, and we’ve truly been blown away by the level of talent we’ve been working with so far. We have also been overwhelmed by the public support; our Kickstarter raised over £10k in July 2019, and that’s what allowed us to start the magazine! These pins are part of the rewards for the Kickstarter, and they’re also available for sale on our website, because they’re too pretty to keep secret!
This isn’t the first pin order you’ve had is it? The last ones said TEENAGE SCREAM, is that another project of yours?
Teenage Scream is a podcast I co-host with the author Kirsty Logan. We were both big Point Horror fans in our youth (as most people in the 30s were, I think) so we decided to revisit the Point Horror books of our youth and discuss one book per episode. We’re now on Season Five, and we could never have anticipated we’d have such a strong following! We’re supported by our Patreon community, and your pins are the exclusive ‘thank you’ to our Meatloaf-tier patreons, who also get a bonus episode every month. We love to think of listeners all over the world with Teenage Scream pins on their lapels! (at least, that’s where we wear ours.)
You guys are really passionate about your niche subject matter and capture the imaginations of many likeminded folk. Why do you think enamel pins work so well in these communities?
I think people who get very passionate about niche things appreciate that the people making podcasts (or magazines, or zines, or music, etc etc) about these similar things are working on a smaller scale, and rely on the support of their audiences. Pin badges are a great way to financially support those who make the artistic things that you enjoy—but more than that, they’re also cute! I think we’re generally moving towards a greater appreciation for good design, small business and authenticity with regards to what you like, all of which mean that pin badges become little visible signs of taste and community. There’s nothing like spotting someone else wearing a pin for the weird thing you’re into!
How can people find you guys if they are interested?
Our first issue was launched November 2019, so readers will be able to find us at bookshops across the country (when they reopen)! They can also find out more and pre-order Issue Two here: