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Crafty Fandom: 10 Handmade Pieces of Fan Merchandise from Today's Pop Culture Hits

Most of us have worn a fashion item that represents our favourite pop culture icon. It's a way of expressing identity and proliferating the story. Handmade fan merchandise is unique and fun, and also has the ability to change meanings as they evolve in the conversation you create with what you wear.




These three sisters from L.A. have a look that makes us feel like it's 1994 and they're getting ready for a Soundgarden concert. It's only perfect timing with great music, and they know it. You can express your love for their lyrics on the bumper of your car (they look best on a 1994 Toyota Corolla of course) with these bumper stickers.

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" has been the hit of the summer. This story is everybody's romance, and like we do when we're in love, we take bits and pieces of memories and make tokens. These necklaces represent a small but very heart gripping part of the story. It's the little things that matter.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black has exploded not only in entertainment, but also society-wide with conversations about gender, the prison system, and sexuality. You can rock this tank and start a paradigm shifting conversation of your own.

Game of Thrones

Fantasy worlds seem to have the ability to pull people in and keep them there. It's the need to take a look at another place outside of our own constructs. They sometimes even create new words that help describe that other "reality". These rings are perfect for those who are committed to the Game of Thrones.




HBO's "Girls" has been a huge hit, and Lena Dunham has often been touted as the voice of a generation. It's the kind of show that makes you feel better about floundering around in the sink or swim atmosphere of your 20s. It could be seen as a resistance to that bootstrap ideology; which is why a punk rock pin is perfect.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

The covers of tabloid magazines offered a glossy wedding album for the general public when Kim and Kanye were married. You can wear your own "wedding" ring and pay a very strange tribute to the wedding (and Kim's cry face).

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is a hit making hip hop artist. You don't have to buy a concert tee that everyone else will have, you can get this handmade patch and slap it on a jean jacket with all your other patches. It'll be like a representation of your music collection on your back.

James Franco

Right now James Franco is the king of obnoxious selfies, big stages, and interesting youth inspired indie films. I'm sure he'd be super flattered if you wore his face on the always attention grabbing nail art.

One Direction

One Direction has fans that are creative enough to pull away from the regular merch (that hasn't evolved at all) and move on to making their own expressions of band loyalty. Here are some temporary tattoos that say "One Direction" in a less direct fashion by being replicas of the band members actual tattoos. It's the new kind of band t-shirt.

5 Seconds of Summer

When the merch table crosses with a very crafty generation.