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New iMessage sticker app adds some Richmond flair to your text messages

The “RVAmoji” iMessage app includes approximately 50 Richmond-themed stickers you can add to your text conversations–if you have an iPhone.

Trevor Dickerson

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If you’re an iPhone user, there’s a unique new way to add some RVA flair to your text message conversations.

In the latest iteration of iOS (the iPhone’s operating system), a new App Store exists where users can download mini applets that add functionality to the platform’s proprietary iMessage service. These extensions allow users to apply stickers to texts, send money, share songs and playlists, buy movie tickets and more.

Richmonder Arthur Baynes took it upon himself to create his first app for the platform, which launched in the App Store this week, known as RVAmoji. It pays homage to the capital city with approximately 50 uniquely RVA stickers including city neighborhoods like The Fan, Church Hill, and Carytown as well as stickers for VCU, the University of Richmond, and of course a PBR can (the city’s official unofficial adult beverage of choice). There’s also a variety of themed-RVA logos for your sticker-sticking pleasure.

“I wanted to give my texts the same kind of RVA sticker decorating that we see all over the city,” Baynes said, naturally via an iMessage conversation. “I was able to get [the stickers] all made over a few days. Not too hard to do, just a little light (but tedious) Photoshop work and making sure the sizes were formatted properly.”

RVAmoji retails for 99 cents in the App Store and can be downloaded for any iPhone or iPad running iOS 10.

Check it out here.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.