Professional Nerd Series: A Recap of Patches and Pins Expo From

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Without further ado, here is a review of the Patches and Pins Expo in LA from 🙂



This year we attended Patches and Pins Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Patches and Pins Expo was December 15 from 12-8 pm. Patches and Pins Expo is the nations largest flare event incorporating an array of pins, patches, art, and fashion.

General admission was $15 this year with VIP tickets priced at $35. This year at Patches and Pins Expo there were 180 booths to see. The room it was held in was small but fun to explore. I was also able to get some Christmas shopping done, buying gifts for friends and family. And my dog.

I found this sticker by “Natural Pop” and I just had to get it for my dog. It looked almost exactly like her.

See the resemblance? I’m not sure if I’ll give it to my dog or keep it for myself. I don’t know where she would put it. On her food bowl? Her bed?

You can check out Natural Pop’s other products here. (

I found this “candy cane cupcake” wax melt by Babelike Press.

The smell is made up of vanilla cake, buttercream, and candy canes. I got it since the smell of candy canes are perfect for the holidays.

You can check other products by Babelike Press here. (

I got this print of a cat with noodles on its face by “Sugar Bunch”.

It came with a sticker of a cat with a pizza on its face along with a pin of the “Sugar Bunch” logo.

You can take a look at more of Sugar Bunch’s products here. (

“Luna’s Observatory” was one of the many booths at Patches and Pins Expo this year.

They sell things such as enamel pins, key chains, and stickers. I found yet another dog sticker for my dog. Or for me. I’m not quite sure yet.

We were able to ask Lissette (Luna’s Observatory owner/artist) what her favorite part of making her products was.
“My favorite part is probably people wanting my art. Wanting to wear it. I saw a couple people wearing it made me feel so special.”

You can take a look at items from Luna’s Observatory here. (

Next year’s Patches and Pins Expo LA dates are yet to be announced however dates for other locations were recently announced. A Patches and Pins Expo will take place March 23, 2019, in Orange County and another April 20 in New York.

You can check out more articles about convention and expo events on our website, where we also have a calendar on upcoming events.