The Trevor Pin
Last November, we lost an incredible human being. He was a friend, a colleague and mentor, a son, a partner, and a father.
Trevor was one of my first friends — when I say “first,” I really mean it — we met when we were barely in elementary school. He lived next door to me, and his shy-but-effervescent energy was contagious from the start.
I moved away a few years later and we lost touch, but in 2016 I tracked him down out of sheer curiosity and we became the closest of friends. He was my gateway into the music scene that now defines a major part of my life. He was my mutual confidante, my most respected sounding board. He possessed the kind of empathy that is forged in the fires of grief, and he showed me time and time again what it meant to be kind to people in spite of all of the burdens that weigh us down.
A year or so ago, I started a pin shop — collectible enamel pins are a huge part of the jam band music scene, and Trevor and I both had a good collection of them. He would call me at shows and festivals and tell me to run over to the merch booth when he saw one he thought I’d like. So when I manufactured my first “real” design late last year, naturally Trevor (with no prodding on my part) quickly became the first customer. Those pins were in the mail when Trevor passed.
While attending his celebration of life, I overheard at least four or five people independently say “we need a pin to remember Trevor!” Quietly, I was already working on it. With tremendous gratitude to the incredible artist Stacy Lee (, ), we came up with a pin design that I hope reflects the energy Trevor brought into all of our lives.
Trevor moved a number of times and had this incredible ability to relate — and I mean genuinely relate — to just about anyone. I always knew that, but I had no idea just how far-reaching it was until I sent his partner the first pin.
I’m delighted to announce that we’ve sold $1500 acrossin just the first month of sales.
As of today, that sum has been donated to the Divided Sky Foundation (via Waterwheel) in Trevor’s honor:
I can’t possibly express my gratitude enough. Thanks to everyone who decided this dream deserved to be real and made it happen. It’s been an honor to carry this project out. Please rest assured that while the turnaround time for pin manufacturing can be up to a couple months, so long as there continues to be sufficient demand, I will continue to produce these pins and donate the proceeds.