About The TV Pins

Your questions answered by pin designer Joshua Ellingson.

 What made you want to make a glow-in-the-dark TV pin?

Ellingson: The TV pins came about in 2019 after I purchased an old black and white television from my local thrift store, plugged my streaming media player into it, and streamed Netflix. I took video of it and it went viral on Twitter. I had been making lots of different pins, so I thought I'd make one of my old TV playing Netflix. While I was designing it, I thought it would be cool if it glowed. And then, I realized that I could put clear stickers over the glow. Next thing you know, I had a really complicated pin idea. To pay for all the different parts, I decided to crowd fund it. The campaign was a huge success and it led me down the path of learning a lot about different kinds of printing, glow-in-the-dark materials, and eventually lenticular animation.

Can you make an overlay screen of my favorite show?

Unfortunately, the process of making the overlays doesn't allow custom designs to be quickly printed. I also try to keep the overlay designs in the realm of "public domain". That means that I'm not infringing on someone else's copyrighted material. This is a challenge, but there are some really interesting things in the public domain!

Can I steal your idea for my band, art project, or pin brand?

I'd really rather you didn't. Why would you even ask me that?

Are you going to bring back other TV pin designs that aren't listed on the site anymore?

It is entirely possible that they will come back in one form or another. Stat tuned!

More about the pins can be found on the blog at Ellingson.cc.