Artist’s Spotlight: Pinsploitation

This week’s Artist’s Spotlight is on : Pinsploitation

1.Tell me a bit about your business:                                                                                               ” I was on Instagram and discovering all these great accounts when I stumbled on a picture of an enamel pin from the movie Tourist Trap. It’s one of my favorite movies so I got really excited and ordered it. That was my first pin from the guys at Ratknife. (They were my first. You never forget your first, right?) From there I discovered there was this whole culture of pin makers and collectors. I started searching for pins of my favorite films and characters and while I found a lot of great designs I felt like there were ones I wanted that nobody had made.
That’s when I started thinking about doing them myself. I figured that there had to be other collectors out there that were interested in the same stuff I was so, why not.”

2.  How did you come up with your name for your business?                                              “The name came to me pretty easy. What else would you call a pin company that celebrates exploitation and horror movies? Right?”web header

My holiday themed Jason was an attempt to use glitter. 


3.  What is your favorite pin you have made so far and why?                                              “I’ve done 6 pins since I began last August. I think my favorite one so far is my Mother’s Day inspired pin.

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And what I think is the most attractive pin I’ve done so far is my Proud Mother. Based on the movie Mother’s Day.

It’s the first one I tried using glow-in-the-dark enamel and I’m proud with how it turned out. Maybe that’s why I called it “Proud Mother”, but she really is very proud of her boys. HA! I also really liked the sticker I made to go with it. If you’ve seen the movie you get the joke. It was a design I had drawn early on but had waited to put out because I wasn’t sure if enough people would know the film. But I was happy that so many people did and were really into it!”

4.Where do you find your inspiration? “The design ideas that excite me most are the more obscure or “cult” films. Stuff from the late 70’s and early 80’s that I loved watching as a kid. Drive-In trash, Slashers, Art House Horror… Coming up with the backer cards for the pins is a lot of fun too.”

I grew up on these kinds of Drive-In ads. ​I wish I had a time machine.

I know a lot of the pin community are younger but I think there is still enough interest in what I have to offer. And as long as a design sells well enough to pay for itself and allows me to do another one, then I’m happy. I get so much satisfaction out of feeling that I’m contributing to the horror community and getting to be creative at the same time. It’s done wonders for my mental health. Seriously!”

My Pamela pin was my most popular. The first pin that actually sold out and has become a collectors item.

And I have to mention how cool it has been to connect with other pinmakers and artists. Everyone keeps putting out such awesome stuff and it’s inspiring. Even when another maker and I did the same design idea it was like, Oooooh noooo. But we weren’t mad. We both were successful with it and that’s great. I don’t feel competitive. I think I’ve got my own vision to share and so does everyone else. I dig the sense of community.
I got to work with Pixel Elixer on two upcoming pins they are putting out for their officially licensed Pit And The Pendulum (1991) collection. I’m excited to see how that turns out.

This was my second. The Conductor based off Terror Train. This is the design where I had to teach myself how to make Vector drawings. I’m still trying to get better.

5. Is there anything exciting coming up for your business?                                                     “At the end of March I’ve got TWO new designs! Based on the movies Fade To Black and Curtains. I really want to do something not specifically horror and do a Divine pin and one based on one of my favorite Cult Queens Mary Woronov. She deserves a pin for sure!

If you like to contact Myrl her IG is @pinsploitation and also: pinsploitation ad 2

Thank you for letting me interview you Myrl!

Until next time!


Movie of the Day: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Today’s movie of the day is To Wong Foo, thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) directed by Beeban Kidron and staring Patrick Swayze (as Vida), Wesley Snipes (as Noxeema) and John Leguizamo (as Chi-Chi).


It is about three dragqueens who are traveling by car from New York City to California and ends up having car trouble along there route. They end up being temporally stranded in a random small town in the middle of America. The three might the best of there time there while their car is getting fixed by encouraging the women of the town to be the inner queen and a more confident lady. IMG_1668

This movie is so much fun! I remember watching this so many times when I was growing up that I seriously have lost count! I always remember that the three leads always brought some kind of brightness in an otherwise drab life. It was either in there wardrobe.IMG_1673  Or in their uplifting quirky dialogue. Some of my favorite lines from this movie:

Chi-Chi: “How do I look?”

Noxeema: “Like the Miami Sound Machine just exploded all over you!”

Tommy: “Baby, you are a whole lot of woman…and I know what you need.”

Noxeema: “I hardly think you are the man to give it to me.”

Vida: “Your approval is not needed.”

Noxeem: “Approval neither desired nor required.”



If you are ever doubting yourself or if you find yourself in need a of humorous pick me up. I really recommend this movie.

Fun Fact about this movie: Matt Dillion, James Spader and Rob Lowe were considered to be the three leads in this movie!


Until next time!IMG_1672

Book Club Info!

Yesterday was the first Fear Street Book Club meeting where we discussed R.L. Stine’s the Babysitter. It was such a great conversation about this book and I would like to thank @palmtreepriestesstarot , @glitrvamp and toy_highlander for participating in the discussion! Babysitter_book

Now for  April’s fear street club book selected by @palmtreepriestesstarot *Drum roll please!*176473

If you are interested in joining April’s fear street book please DM me (IG: lady.Cult). We are holding the discussion via Google hangout so it’s critical to have a gmail account in order to be part of conversation. The discussion usually last up to 40 minutes but it could go over so you would like to at least block off  between 40-60 mins for it. The next book club discussion will be held April 15th, 2018!



Until next time!

And the Contest Winner is….

Two days ago I made a contest of a future “welcome to the Insta-hood!” interview. I asked people to enter via Instagram post as to why you should be selected. AND TONIGHT WE HAVE A WINNER!!!


TMBR Congrats you have won!!!!! Please DM via instagram your email address so I can email you all the questions by this weekend. Thank you for all that enter! eb55