Pins and Patches was conceived as an online publication to celebrate all things music (and entertainment for that matter, but mainly music). This is a chance for me to reminisce about the bands, the shows, the releases, and the people of all of the places I have lived. I began listening to underground and independent music in the mid-1990s while in high school in the Washington, DC Area. Covering mainly the ska, punk, emo, and indie music scenes, Pins and Patches is part blog, part zine, part historical document, and all positive.
The title of the site represents the small tokens and mementos I accumulated as young independent music fan on a tight budget. While not always able to afford things like t-shirts, I always made sure to grab something at the show to not only support the bands but as a keepsake to look back.
What you will find here are stories, pictures, interviews, and all sorts of other fun things as we celebrate our funny little underground and independent music scenes. Enjoy!
I grew up in Suburban DC (read: Maryland) in the 1980s and 1990s. In the late 1990s, I moved to the city of Pittsburgh for school and would stay there for the next 10 years. I ran the Pittsburgh Ska Mailing List for a time in the late 1990s and early 2000s. While in Pittsburgh, I also played guitar and bass with multiple groups. After a brief stopover in the Ann Arbor area, I now reside in Cleveland, Ohio.