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Saturday, June 09, 2012


This "official" Phish concert pin is not available,

"Phish Heads" looking for official memorabilia from the band's kickoff concert may be out of luck due to a licensing issue, but one city official says that story "sounds fishy."

In addition to attending numerous concerts, "Phish Heads" buy, sell and trade concert pins, both officially licensed ones, and those made by fans and sold on the street before and after shows.  

Shawn Young of Philadelphia, who has attended over 200 Phish concerts, said he was told that the Worcester concert pin was unavailable when he went to buy it.  

"We were told the City of Worcester shut it down because it has the city seal on it," Young said.  

Like the city seal, the pin has a heart, surrounded by a wreath, but the pin does not include the wording around the edge of the seal that signifies the city seal.  

Other Organizations Have Used Images Similar to City Seal

City Solicitor David Moore said the story the fans are telling doesn't add up.  

"It sounds fishy to me," Moore said.  "Other organizations have used the heart and wreath without the wording.  As long as they're not using the exact seal, they're usually okay - otherwise it looks like the city is endorsing it."

Pins like these were available on the street from Phish Heads

Moore said that he would be involved in the enforcing of the use of the city seal, but he had not heard anything about it.  

"I'm glad to see that someone is looking out for the city," he Moore said.

While Mechele Mackin, of Berlin, New Jersey, was disappointed that she could not buy the official pin, she stood to make some cash selling the pins she and Young market.  

Their pins, which are also available online, range in price between $10 and $20.

"We hope to make enough to cover our gas, hotel, meals and tickets," Macklin said.  


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