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20 Apr '18


Posted by Mike Padua


Three years ago I had an idea to design and create a film-themed patch because I wanted one for myself and to give away to a few friends. It cost nearly the same to make 6 patches as it did to to make 25 patches--so I made 25.

What ensued over the next 3 years I could not have predicted. I kept designing and releasing new original pieces, expanding to lapel pins, buttons, notebooks, shirts, hoodies, all fueled by my love for film, photography, and old cameras rescued from certain death in dusty thrift shops and musty estate sale basements.

But that wasn't the best part. Not even close. The best part was YOU! I'm now connected to and inspired by more folks who share the same love and passion that I do. I had no idea I'd find as many of you as I did, and I'm super grateful for it!

That's why, for the next 3 days, I'm going to give away 3 patches, 3 pins, and 3 PhotoMemo two-packs! Entries close at 10am PDT on Monday, 4/23/2018. Winners will be chosen randomly on Monday, April 23rd, during an Instagram live stream at 5:30pm PDT (follow me on Instagram). You don't need to be on the stream to win, but it would be nice to have you. Winners will be notified by email.

Help me out and TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!!


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Love the work and pieces you make here!

Posted by Elijah Dercks on June 02, 2018

Congratulations on 3 years! Heres to many more and keeping the community bulldozing forwards!

Posted by Ben Mills on June 02, 2018

You are a great person and you are doing a lot for film comunity

Posted by Emiliano on June 02, 2018

Hey congrats on three years, Mike! Cheers to more :)

Posted by Jenna Reid on June 02, 2018

Mike is the best!!

Posted by Anthony Arevalo on June 02, 2018

Congrats on the 3 year anniversary! Very cool! You’ve built a fun community by being a nice guy.

Posted by Dave on June 02, 2018

Many happy returns of the day! Glad to see you thriving, alongside the classic cameras we all love!

Posted by Paul L Nettles on June 02, 2018

Mike – Congratulations on three years!

Posted by John Kraemer on June 02, 2018

Can we enter more than once or is it one entry per person?

Posted by Kait on June 02, 2018

Keep up this important work to keep film photography in the public eye…for so many important cultural reasons.

Posted by Jeff Hammond on June 02, 2018


Posted by Dave Lu Chiu on June 02, 2018

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