While growing up in the 80s, I occasionally envied the cool, skater punk kids in their military surplus jackets, covered in safety-pins and angst-ridden, handmade patches. Now that I have reached an age where I’m expected to focus on the practical things in life, I’ve been itching to combine my love for wearable tech with a little nostalgia. Plus, a college student recently told me that DIY patches were sort of a “thing” again, which got me wondering. Could I create a TARDIS patch and then light it up, Doctor Who style?
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