Busy Beaver got it’s start making band buttons; the very first pin we ever pressed was this Guides By Voices button in 1995. So we’re always excited when current customers carry on the tradition by making buttons for their bands. Just check out this series of buttons by Chicago punk band The Mons:
Band member Jay Castaldi creates a new buttons to give out at every show— an idea inspired by the Buzzcocks. He said of the designs, “The buttons are typically the same basic design, but with the artwork in a different color scheme. The back edges of the buttons always have the date of the show, what number show it is (i.e. tenth show 7/13/2013), and say You’re Welcome.”
Except for special out of town tour dates, Castaldi sticks with the square buttons. “We mostly play [Chicago], but on the occasions where we’ve played out of town I try to localize those buttons a little bit,” Castaldi said. “For our first show in Milwaukee, instead of buttons we made bottle openers (because Milwaukee = beer) and I used the Milwaukee Bucks team colors.”
Castaldi has even made a few limited edition buttons just for friends, “We’ve done a handful of round buttons in varying sizes with other designs to give to friends of The Mons. More often than not, these are inside-joke related. A button with The Mons name written to look like the Venom logo. A Devo rip-off button. A button with Dave Grohl’s face on it, for some reason.”
And the buttons have proven very popular with The Mons fans. “There is a small handful of people who have mentioned trying to make it to every show to keep caught up with the collection,” Castaldi said. “I am confident that at this point, we have spent more on making buttons to give away for free than we have made from playing shows. That may never change. I don’t care, I just love doing it because I love buttons.”
For more Chicago band buttons check out Brandon Williams’ Real T@lk buttons.