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Commemorative AbsolutePunk Logo Pin

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    We’ve teamed up with our friends over at the Hard Rock Online Rock Shop to put together an exclusive and limited edition pin as a way of commemorating and kind of saying goodbye to the logo. There are only going to be 200 of these made and once they’re gone, they’re gone. So, if you’d like one, definitely grab it. I wrote more about the history of the logo and it’s creation after the jump.

    I came up with this logo one day while doodling in class. I was just kind of goofing around in the margins of a notebook while sort of paying attention to the teacher and thinking about what I wanted to do on the website when I finally got home. This was a very common occurrence in school.1 I ended up drawing this funny looking heart and giving it a few little stitches. You know, because what’s a heart if it’s not broken when you’re eighteen and listening to pop-punk all day?
    The original.

    After I finished with it, I remember being really oddly surprised with how it turned out. It just looked like a little logo. It seemed like something I’d wear on a t-shirt or have as a pin on my backpack. When I got home that night I scanned the drawing into my computer and cleaned it up in Photoshop. This is when I decided, for whatever reason, that it absolutely needed to have blood splatter on it. I used an ink or blood splatter brush and went to town. The first version of it had so many red spatters. Over the years I would gradually try to tone that down a bit with each new iteration.

    A little known fact is that on the old article page on there was a little image of the exact hand drawn logo that I had snapped with some really crappy camera at some point. I wish I still had that piece of paper, but that’s definitely lost to time.

    The evolution.

    It was maybe six months ago that I really started thinking hard about the idea of what it was that I was going to do with the next stage of my life. It’s when I decided that if I was going to keep writing online and running an online music website of some kind — that it really was time to turn the page on the name and banner I’d been under for so long. It was such a part of me and yet every time I viewed the site I almost felt like I was in a time machine; I felt like a different person had created it. It was so obviously me and yet so not me at the same time. I think these past three months I’ve been so focused and consumed with creating this new site and community that I never even stopped to bask in the nostalgia of the entire ride that was. I think that’s because to me it really doesn’t feel like is gone — it’s just feels changed in the same ways that I as a person have. It feels like taking that walk after the last day of class, when you wonder the halls and don’t really grasp that it’s probably the last time you’ll see those rooms again. But at the same time, after all the amazing conversations I’ve had with people in the forums over the past few days, it’s not a sad feeling at all. It’s more like a recognition and knowing wink while giving a hearty cheers in a bar full of friends. was special because of the people it was made up of — the staff, the members, and the relationships formed. It was a few weeks ago when I realized that while sitting on the forums talking in a chat thread. I was laughing at jokes people were making and cracking up at the gifs. And that’s when I instinctively moved the mouse up to the upper left to click the logo and go back to the homepage. My mouse hovered for a second, the brain realizing it was seeing something different from it was used to … where’s that little broken heart? Oh, that’s right, I’m here. And that’s when I knew we had something special brewing. It’s when I knew I made the right decision and was completely confident in the future.

    I just want to thank everyone again for all the amazing and kind words that you’ve shared with me over the past few days. The outpouring of love and kindness has been incredible. I have been blown away by how many people have signed up for the forums already and are posting and talking about how much better they are — it’s rare that a “redesign” actually elicits mostly positive comments.2 A massive thank you to everyone that’s signed up to be a supporter, I know I’ve spoken personally with many of you, but I feel like I need to once again say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    These limited edition pins are going to be on sale for this month only, or until they’re all sold out, and there are only 200 available.


    1. Sorry mom.

    2. Pretty sure that’s more a testament to just how ancient looked at the end.

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  2. Alec Joy

    Regular Prestigious

    Ha, I actually saw the ad for these in the forum before seeing the post about them. Already snagged one. No idea what I'll do with it but I figured I'd regret it if I didn't grab one.
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  3. SoundwaveUproar

    Regular Prestigious

    I missed out on the Encore shirts when they first came out. I had to get this one.
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  4. PatRFinley

    Early Onset Grump LFGM Supporter

    Yeah I definitely want one of these
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  5. Eric Wilson

    Trusted Prestigious

    Pin looks so good.
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  6. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    Definitely gonna rep this with pride
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  7. JamesMichael

    Creative Developer Prestigious

    Looks awesome definitely need one of these!
    Jason Tate likes this.
  8. sammyboy516

    Regular Prestigious

    So glad I got one. They look great.
    Jason Tate likes this.
  9. goosetoph

    u wut m8?

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  10. Jdaniels

    Regular Supporter

    I'm big on flair lately I don't know why. So yeah.. got one!
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  11. heartbeatsbrain


    yeah i have no idea what I'm going to do with this either, but for nostalgia purposes alone I went for it.
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  12. falafelmywaffle

    Without music, life would be a mistake. Supporter

    Picked one up once I saw only 200 made
  13. JamesMichael

    Creative Developer Prestigious

    Just read the article very nice little touch into AP's history! Being a designer myself I love backstories into the concept of logo creation.
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  14. Serenity Now

    deliver us from e-mail Supporter

    Picked up two. One for me and one for a friend. They look good and I was already searching for something to personalize a new traveling bag I just purchased.

    Also, this is the first time I've used the link from the article to the corresponding forum. Brilliant. Convenient. Works like a charm.
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  15. Matt Metzler Prestigious

    Just bought mine. It's going straight onto my denim jacket!
    Jason Tate likes this.
  16. Also for those curious that photo in the news post is from a scrapbook my mom made me for Christmas a few years back. It's got a whole bunch of stuff in it. Thought it was cool to see the different flyers and stickers we've had over the years.
    Eric Wilson likes this.
  17. Apparently these are selling a lot faster than they expected (yay!) may do like a second border color run (gold?) or something if they sell out and someone didn't get one. Dunno. Really awesome to see though.
  18. :fist: fist bump
  19. Eric Wilson

    Trusted Prestigious

    Ordered this morning, and already shipped two hours later :thumbup::thumbup:
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  20. Wait, how did you do that?

    Also, I ordered one as well, thank you so much for making these!!
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  21. jared

    Co-Founder, AKT

  22. heartbeatsbrain


    on the left hand side, below the twitter and facebook icon there's a message balloon that will direct you the the related forum.
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  23. GettingSodas Resident Soda Expert Prestigious

    Is there going to be a Chorus logo so we can get shirts???
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  24. GettingSodas Resident Soda Expert Prestigious

    Also, thinking about grabbing this pin just because of the impact it's had on my life.
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  25. Thomas Nassiff

    i wrote it down for you Verified

    i bought two pins. this is the first pin i've ever bought. good choice IMO.
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