An important part of early rave culture street cred revolved around how creative you could get. From costumes to home decor, craftiness was a highly coveted skill. However, in the same way that some folks lack a green thumb, you may not have the sewing or painting talents to match the ideas in your head. Thankfully, there’s a whole worldwide web of people who can help. Sure, there are tons of online retailers that specialize in rave gear and festival threads, but Etsy—the peer-to-peer e-commerce website specializing in handmade or vintage items and supplies—is an untapped resource for your truly unique rave needs. From prefab items to custom orders, expressing your love for all things electronic is only a click away nowadays, thanks to Etsy.
Here are seven Etsy creators every raver should follow.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas knows how to light up the night, so it’s no surprise a company in Sin City is good to glow. Illuminated Couture offers more elaborate and intricate ways to make the party brighter, from LED color-changing bow bras, suspenders, skirts, and boas to classy pocket squares and bow ties. If you’re a truly committed night owl, check out the animated glowing owl light-up hat with nine lighting programs, 10 color modes and five levels of speed and brightness.
Your Mind Your World
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Recently, fiber optics has made its way into fashion, offering futuristic takes on design and an updated approach on making the night brighter. Your Mind Your World sells clothing and gear—hoodies, tuxedo jackets, corsets, dresses, bags and more—that glow in four different colors with four modes controlled by a remote.
Location: San Jose, CA
Anyone who’s seen the custom outfits Holly Madison rocks at Insomniac festivals has likely been envious of their intricacies. Lipgloss Clubwear offers custom outfits to rival Mrs. Rotella’s. There are plenty of Alice in Wonderland-inspired offerings, adorned with pearls, jewels and ribbons. There are interpretations of peacocks, unicorns and mermaids, too. Superheroes and villains abound, such as Batman, Superman and Harley Quinn. There’s also Pokémon and Sailor Moon, but if you still can’t find the right sexy rave outfit, they take custom orders as well.
For those brave ladies who wear pasties at festivals and guys who dig rocking them, too, Pasties Paradise offers practically everything you can imagine to cover your nipples. Pizza? Check. Sushi? Check. Ganja leaves? You know it. There’s even bacon. But if you’re looking to up your nearly-nude squad goals, you can get custom ones made up of anything you could possibly conceive.
Nick Lacke Art
Location: Chicago, IL
Ravers have always had a soft spot for cartoons. From My Little Pony to Care Bears, Disney, and more, it’s the norm to see beloved animated icons worked into costumes, kandi and totems. More recently, we’ve seen the lovable characters from Bob’s Burgers infiltrate the rave by way of fan-made gear. So why not keep the combination of cartoons and rave life a staple year round? Designer Nick Lacke has PLURed out the show’s sibling trio for an awesome combo of cartoon and rave cultures.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Is your favorite DJ your own personal god? Now you can worship them properly with a custom saint candle. Charlie Hanks is a hard-rocking mom/metal singer in Las Vegas who has saint-ified everyone from the Golden Girls and Broad City babes to Daryl from The Walking Dead and Lady Gaga with her Domestic Rockstar shop.
Location: New York
While many ravers are not fans of people who sell singles or stores like Hot Topic that mass produce kandi for sale, more complicated kandi projects may be beyond your skills—and that’s OK. There are lots of kandi shops on Etsy, but one adorable vendor caught our eye: Planet PLUR. Creator Brittany Rey pairs her kandi cat ears with matching masks like the Cheshire Cat, Minnie Mouse and Eevee of Pokémon.