ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT INTERVIEWING FRIENDS IS YOU CAN SAY AND ASK PRETTY MUCH WHATEVER YOU WANT WITHOUT BEING HUNG-UP ON OR PUNCHED. LUKE FLYNN IS MY FRIEND, AND HE’S CO-FOUNDER OF A COMPANY THAT PRODUCES LIMITED EDITION ENAMEL PINS CALLED PRIZE PINS.
Luke and his business partner Kym Naimo launched Prize Pins earlier in the year and, with their focus on design, durability, quality, and humor, they’ve become a huge hit in their New York home and around the globe. Recently Prize Pins, Monster Children, and the very talented and beautiful Stef Mitchell teamed up to create an interesting set of pins, and, in the interest of selling those pins, I conducted an interview with Luke via Skype.
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Jason: Let’s talk about Pins, baby, let’s talk about you and me.
Jason: Let’s talk about those fuckin’ pins, fool. How did this killer, sick, rad, dope, awesome, cool, great, nice, pretty good pin series come about?
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Jason: Come on, Charles Dickens.
Luke: Well, Stef Mitchell is awesome, and also a dear friend, so I wanted to do some pins with her. I liked the idea of producing a pin with that sort of hand drawn style she does so well. I also had you guys bugging me to do some pins, so I thought, ‘Hey! Stef is a part of the MC team; why not make it one big family collaboration and maybe MC can help pay.’
Jason: How many of these pins are there?
Luke: Four: Two gold metal, two black metal.
Jason: They are very nice.
Luke: I agree. I was a little scared that we might have blown it with trying to do hand drawn pins, but the result was bueno.
Jason: What do you think Errol (Flynn) would think of these pins were he alive today?
Luke: I’m not sure he would get the irony of the ‘average citizen pin,’ but then again why should he? He was well above average in looks, acting, and skill. His grandson completely ruins my ability to be googled, by the way.
J:Tell me about that.
L: If you type my name into google, then click images, you see a handsome young man bursting out of the water for a fragrance company. It’s not me.
J: How does that make you feel?
L: Pretty good, I’ve got my name on the list of some pretty fun fashion parties.
J: Tell me about ‘Fashion Parties’
L: They are pretty cool; you get free drinks, and everyone looks at you like you don’t belong. We should have one for the launch of the pins.
J: Where should we have it?
L: Your place. I’ll rent it off Airbnb; I saw the link you posted.
(Incidentally, my New York Apartment is available to rent from Dec 6th–Jan 6th. Holla)
J: What will happen at your proposed launch party for the MC pins at my apartment?
L: I’ll fart on your pillows.
J: I see.
L: Nah I wouldn’t do that to you.
J: I’d do it to you. Given half the chance, I’d shit in your sock drawer.
L: I feel like we’ve gone of track a little here. We should we talk about how these pins are limited edition, made in New York and all that good stuff.
J: No, we’re right on track. Listen to this–I have a friend who is a fireman. He told me that if you ever get a ring stuck on your finger you can go into a firehouse and they’ll cut it off for you. Then he told me about a man who came in with the titanium cock ring stuck on his knob. They couldn’t help him because it was titanium: the world’s toughest metal. He had to go to hospital to have it removed. How does that story make you feel?
J: Are you crying?
L: I’m just hoping you recovered from the surgery. Our pins have rubber backs for superior hold but can be removed quite easily without the help of a fireman.
J: Wait a second. Are the pins really made in New York?
L: Yes they are made in NY. We were pretty adamant about that; it also helps us go back and forth to get the best quality.
J: Are you telling porky-pies, Lukey Flynn? Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to have the pins made in, say, France?
L: Cheaper for sure; maybe not easier or better, though. Communication is great with our factory, and they are always pretty excited to see our new designs, and we can say we are made in NY.
J: You are a very sweet man. Thank you for talking to me.
L: You also, I think you should get a tattoo of one of the new pins.
J: I think you should do a pin of one of my tattoos.
L: I asked first.
J: Anything you’d like to add before I put on this blonde wig and jam my balls in a waffle iron?
L: I think we pretty much covered the important stuff.
J: Thank you for your time, my sweet man.
L: You’re welcome.
MC X Stef Mitchell Prize Pins are available now for a limited time on the Monster Children shop sold individually or in a pack of four, get yours for Christmas here.