Safety Pin

Sharp, small, silver; they call it a safety pin, but it’s hardly safe. Its helmet slides up to release the spike. With minimal pressure it can pierce the soft surface of your skin, but I won’t hurt you.

I pin together the gap in the vertical hem of your cargo pants. I’d mend it properly, but I haven’t any thread. I don’t keep thread because I don’t sew. I don’t sew because I don’t like to sew. It requires too much precision, too much patience. I could keep cotton and needles in the cupboard above the fridge, but I’d rather not, it might make it more difficult for me to avoid learning to sew.

There’s a sewing kit at your house, but we’re not at your house. You would like to be. You’d like not to be here. You stand at the window staring out through the metal bars to the street outside.

“I wish you’d cheer the fuck up.”

You want to tell me not to swear, but you say nothing and walk into the bathroom shutting the door. You sit on the lid of the toilet and try to discern a pattern in the pink, green and black hexagonal tiles on the floor. There isn’t one. Your throat is tight and your eyes are red.

I was a comfort to you when we first met. I could be a comfort to you now if you’d let me. You’re best friend is not coming back, so you should just accept it. I’m your best friend now.

“Please let me go.”
“Do you want some coffee?”
“I want to leave.”
“We’re mates aren’t we? Come on, have a coffee.”
“You fixed my pants. Where are they?”
“Good as new, they’re on the mattress… It’s your own fault they got ripped you know.”
“You can’t keep me here forever.”

Safety Pin


Reservoir, Australia

  • Artist
  • Artwork Comments 2

Artist's Description

An unsettling story about you.

Artwork Comments

  • melodious
  • stephelupagus
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.