Were living in a 24 hour - 7 Days A Week - Have It Now. Buy It Now. Live It Now Culture...so why whenever we buy a T-Shirt in an attempt to make an individual statement do you see everyone else wearing one by the time you've got it home. Badge It is the ultimate accessory tool and an assured way to stay ahead of the pack. Become a walking billboard of subversive and political statements or simply be a celebrity obsessed parasite with adverts for the latest Reality TV Vision Of Hell.
SO WHERE DID BADGE IT SPRING FROM?
As you'd suspect it comes from the same place as Tamigochi (sic) and those barcode machines which we can't quite remember the name of - were speaking the latest Japanese craze. Since being released in the Summer of 2002 the kids of Japan have bought 1 million of the machines. More recently those rebellious rock chics Kelly Osbourne and Avril Lavigne have been spotted wearing personalized badges.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A BADGE?
It's literally a 3 step process involving a) Front badge, your design and a plastic sheet b) Back Badge and c) the safety pin. Literally a couple of twists and turns on the machine and your badge is ready to go.
SURELY IT CAN'T BE THAT EASY TO USE?
Believe us it's so easy that it's recommended for anyone over the age of 6 to use. As long as you've got a good imagination and 5 minutes spare time in the mornings you literally can read something in the morning paper and have a topical badge made by the time you're out for work / school / Uni. The only flaw in the Machine is that sometimes the plastic sheets which cover the badge sometimes get stuck in the Machine and have to be wrestled out - no probs though because if this happens you can simply place the sheet under a piece of fabric and iron flat so it doesn't go to waste.
WHAT DO I PUT ON MY BADGE?
That's purely up to you, but we've included a few Anti Authority and Generation X ideas for you below. Also included are a few lighter hearted images of our favourite pop stars and comedy shows. Basically the badges are 3 CM's in diameter so work on the designs on your PC's or use the stencil included to cut images from Magazines and Newspapers.
We've been wearing our personalized badges above for the past few weeks and if you're looking to make a statement then Badge It is the only way to do it. With the passive attitude to Designer Labels such as FCUK and rock T-Shirts by Marilyn Manson and Korn been worn my every single kid on the planet Badge It Allows you expressive your own individual personality.
The Badge It Machines cost around £14.99 which include the parts to make 15 badges. Also refill packs are available in packs of 15 for a retail price of £3.99. So at a cost of only 25p a badge you're looking at a major bargain.
Badge It is made by Bandai and available now from all good toy stores
Various Badge It fansites have been set up with tips and ideas
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