Mothman Pride Flag Patch
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✍️ Designed by Flags For Good's own Morgan (they/them):
Morgan's Design Notes: Cryptids are weird & in weird spaces, non-normative orientations and identities feel less stigmatized. This can lead to a cycle where there start to be more and more queer and trans people in a space, further claiming it for those communities. And while there will be bigots in every cultural space, circles with “oddball” reputations tend to feel more accepting. I was reading a blog & the blogger put it in a great way— in the event that their identity is challenged in cryptid spaces, they feel like they can better defend it because they’ve got a built in trump card: “you’re going to tell me you believe in Mothman but not gay people?” the idea of homophobia and transphobia existing in cryptid spaces was absurd because those spaces are explicitly built on the premise of accepting things that “normal” society won’t.
A repossession and hijacking of the narrative that the LGBTQ+ community is malicious or just a cute woodland friend showing pride? You decide.
This patch is made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles by our friends at Outpatch.
- Peel and stick embroidered patch (NO iron or sewing necessary)
- Great for water bottles, clothing, laptops, coolers, or anywhere you want to rock it.
- Machine washable (washing machine or dishwasher)
If applying your patch to a new clothing item be sure to pre-wash the item beforehand (without fabric softener).
Peel off the paper backing behind the patch and lightly apply it onto your preferred item. You can still move the patch around at this point to get the right positioning.
Once the placement is juuuust right apply firm pressure, preferably using a hard object, to all areas of the patch (especially the edges). Pressure is the key factor for a strong bond!
To seal the bond, blow a hair dryer to the backside of the patch through the fabric for 10-15 minutes, or directly onto the patch if on a non-fabric item. For fabric items you can also throw them in the dryer for 15 minutes on low heat to seal the bond.
Wait 72 hours before machine washing and wash separately from other clothing when washing for the first time. Turn patched garment inside out before washing/drying and do not dry on hot setting.
While the adhesive backing on the patch is designed to stick specifically to wearables (including leather) and other fabric materials, you can also place your patches on non-fabric items such as a laptop, phone case, journal, and so on. However, Outpatch only recommends applying patches to those items if you are ok with a permanent application. For these kinds of items remember to apply heat with a hair dryer for at least 10-15 minutes to seal the bond. Of course be sure that the item you're applying the patch to can withstand the heat as well!
Outpatch donates a set portion of each patch sale to a community-based nonprofit supporting the place or cause that patch represents.
When selecting nonprofit partners, their aim is to ensure funds end up with the people best positioned to decide how to positively impact their communities. This means they look for nonprofits that are led by members of the community they serve because surprisingly little is invested in them.