Classic Rock and Heavy Metal Patch Vest (2017)

Sat, 04/02/2017 - 19:00

I have made a lot of changes on my patch vest over the last year. First I removed every patch so that I could sew them back on in a denser pattern. I have collected a lot of patches over the last while, so the total number is now up to 136 bands. I remade the cross on the back out of thicker fabric, and I hand-finished the edge with embroidery floss. I sewed picks I grabbed at concerts to the collar. I took the cuffs off the sleeves of the jacket and attached them to the top of the jacket to make epaulettes, to separate the front from the back and to add more space for future picks. I have been collecting signatures from bands I have met, and have a few in the inside now. It is definitely not done, but I think the progress is looking good. In the inside I added a few zipper pockets, a bottle opener on a retractable line, a pocket for permanent markers, a clip for passes, and a mini Métis sash. Every pocket is still usable (none are sewn shut), and I added zippers to the inside pockets to make them more secure.

Band Patches: AC/DC, Accept, Aerosmith, Airbourne, Alice Cooper, Allman Brothers Band, Anvil, April Wine, Asia, Autograph, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bad Company, B.B. King, The Beatles, Blackfoot, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Blues Pills, Bon Jovi, Boston, Canned Heat, Cheap Trick, Chilliwack, Cinderella, Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Cult, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Diamond Head, Dio, Dokken, The Doors, Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Elf, Elvis Presley, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Eric Clapton, Europe, Fleetwood Mac, Foghat, Foreigner, Free, Genesis, Grand Funk Railroad, Great White, The Guess Who, Guns N’ Roses, Harlequin, Haywire, Headpins, Heart, Heaven And Hell, Helix, Honeymoon Suite, Howlin’ Wolf, Iommi, Iron Butterfly, Iron Maiden, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Johnny Cash, Journey, Judas Priest, Kansas, Kick Axe, KISS, KIX, Led Zeppelin, Loverboy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Metallica, Molly Hatchet, Mötley Crüe, Motörhead, Mountain, Nazareth, Outlaws, Ozzy Osbourne, Pat Benatar, Pink Floyd, Poison, Primus, Prism, Queen, Queensrÿche, Quiet Riot, Rainbow, Ratt, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Saxon, Scorpions, Skid Row, Slash, Spın̈al Tap, Stampeders, Steel Panther, Steppenwolf, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Streetheart, Stryper, Styx, Supertramp, Sweet, Ted Nugent, Tesla, Thin Lizzy, Toronto, Toto, Triumph, Trixter, Trooper, Twisted Sister, UFO, Uriah Heep, Van Halen, Velvet Revolver, Vixen, Warrant, W.A.S.P., White Lion, Whitesnake, The Who, Yardbirds, Yes, Zakk Wylde, ZZ Top, 38 Special (136)

Signatures: Honeymoon Suite (Johnnie Dee, Derry Grehan, Dave Betts, Gary Lalonde, and Peter Nunn), Helix (Brian Vollmer, Greg "Fritz" Hinz, Daryl Gray, Kaleb "Duckman" Duck, and Chris Julke), Kick Axe (Daniel Nargang, Larry Gillstrom, Raymond Harvey, Brian Gillstrom, and Victor Langen), The Stampeders (Rich Dodson, Ronnie King, and Kim Berly), April Wine (Myles Goodwyn, Brian Greenway, Richard Lanthier, and Roy "Nip" Nichol), Loverboy (Mike Reno, Paul Dean, Doug Johnson, Matt Frenette, and Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve), Trooper (Ra McGuire, Brian Smith, Gogo, Scott Brown, and Clayton Hill), Kim Mitchell (Kim Mitchell)

Picks: Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), Derry Grehan (Honeymoon Suite), Daryl Gray (Helix), Ronnie King (The Stampeders), Brian Greenway (April Wine), Paul Dean (Loverboy), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Brian Smith (Trooper), The Pick of Destiny

Previous Post: http://tshirtslayer.com/battle-jacket/classic-rock-and-heavy-metal-patch... (November 2015)

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Gert B Frobe

Awesome!! Great job.


Thanks man. It is always a pleasure looking at your jackets. Mine look very tacky, but that is part of the beauty and fun in my opinion. Yours look like they could have been out of a Whitesnake music video with the fans in the audience, and I honestly mean that as a high compliment. They look like the real deal.

Suff Sleazy

Awesome, where does that green Tesla patch come from?


I got the Tesla patch made by Ukrpatcher/Turkey-man. There is a couple out there, but I wanted one that was green and the correct size. Thanks.

Suff Sleazy

Ah nice! I've got a lot of Ukrpatchers stuff myself.


All those colours hurt my eyes! And there is only few good bands there.


That's just your opinion though. He can put whatever coloured/band patches he wants on there.


Sorry about your eyes, it's a good thing they haven't switched to colour in Finland. In all serious though, I am curious to know what bands we share in common. I honestly didn't expect to have the Stampeders and Grand Funk Railroad in common with a lot of people on here. Checking your profile I would assume we like very different types of music since I can't read many of the band logos. And thanks Axlisabean, I agree, and I like the bands I do for the music and not the fashion, so I have no intention of switching out patches to meet others high standards.


Indeed my opinion :) Dont like the layout or too colourful patches. But didnt mean he have to changed them for it :D

Nevs: And there was after all lots of good bands :) example: Johnny Cash, Uriah Heep, Dio, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Heaven & Hell, W.a.s.p., Pink Floyd, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Twisted Sister, The Doors.

I was born with 80´heavy rock and 70´ rock and was late bloomer on the black metal :)


Fair enough. Glad to hear you at least like some of the bands, and a surprisingly varied group of them. Classic rock, heavy metal, prog rock, country-rock, glam rock..., I didn't expect that. I plan on making my next vest all black and white with symmetrically placed patches set up like this one, hopefully you like it: http://www.alternativecontrolct.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/000_09043... All joking aside, glad you could find at least one thing you like, despite the colour blinding your eyes. My apologies for that, my next update I will turn the contrast done. Ok, no more jokes now, I promise. I hope you can at least see a lot of hours went into it (hundreds), and that I am choosing bands that I like for me and not to make other people happy. I think that is whats most important. It's also not done yet, that is why lots of denim is still showing. Have a great day.


For a closure, I just quote your perfect line: ´and that I am choosing bands that I like for me and not to make other people happy.´ :)

Suff Sleazy

I love all those colors, I think black/white vests are the most boring out there.


I agree, I also prefer the vests that have a lot of colour.

satan's radish

I like colorful vests, though I'm not personally into a lot of these bands. I'm more confused by the idea of a Canuck with a Confederate flag on (or inside) their jacket. FWIW, I'm from the South, and I couldn't care less about the flag's negative implications, either in practice or in theory. I just find it curious when non-Southerners, particularly ones from outside of the US, adopt the symbol, whatever their reasons may be.


Ya thanks for asking. I guess the reason I have it in there is three fold:
1. Without getting too political, in Western Canada it is often used as a symbol of both redneck culture and rebellion from the attitudes of Central Canada. For a US equivalent, think about the relationship between the South and Washington DC. Canada is officially broken into 'have' and 'have-not' provinces, and this system is used for what the government calls "equalization payments". Essentially, low population 'have' provinces with resources, like mine, send billions of dollars of payments to the federal government, who then distribute it to the 'have-not' provinces using a very politicized distribution formula. The two most populous provinces, who have 61% of the countries population, are getting 12.5 billion dollars from the have provinces this year. This is at a time where Central Canada is lecturing us on our environmental practices that produce the energy and goods that allow us to send the billions of dollars, and the economy is slowing down. Western and Central Canada are very different politically, but due to population differences Western Canadian votes rarely sway elections. The elections are basically decided in Quebec, similar to your swing states (except our 'swing province' never changes).
2. I come from Métis background, who are famous for the Riel Rebellion in the late 19th century. We have a Métis flag, but the rebel flag is more widely known as a symbol of rebellion. The sash that is on the side of the vest is a Métis sash.
3. I am a bit of a redneck and I am really into Southern Rock like Skynyrd.
I put it inside the vest because I know that some people don't like the symbol, but I did it for me. Please note in my three reasons I never wrote anything about racism, which I definitely don't condone or participate in. The KKK also flies an American flag at all their rallies, but that doesn't make it a hate symbol. Really, they are just a bunch of idiots. I wrote "Don't worry, I am a Redneck, not a Racist" just so people can be sure of that.
Hope that kind of explains my thoughts and reasoning.


Also, I bought it when they started banning it for idiotic reasons and needed to put it somewhere. I don't think that type of censorship is a good thing.

An Overdose Of Mkultra

Looking good, I prefer heavier bands myself but a rad vest is a rad vest! Iommi patch is tiiiight.

Gotta ask, how are the photos attached? Wanted something similar ages ago but figured it wouldn't survive.


Hey. Thank you. Your vest is awesome, and is definitely one of the vests that convinced me to rearrange denser. Your updates keep getting better. For others, check it out: https://tshirtslayer.com/battle-jacket/four-years-patched-debauchery
For the images, what I do is print onto Avery Printable Fabric, Iron the fabric onto denim to strengthen it, sew around the outside to prevent peeling, and then let it set for a week or two. Then, I use WATCO Lacquer Clear Satin Finish spray to protect it. I don't spray it directly, but I spray a bunch into a dish, and paint it on thick with a paint brush. This makes a huge difference for me, as the fabric doesn't get a bunch of scratches on it and it helps with fading. Without the lacquer the print scratches off fairly easily and looks crappy pretty quick (in my experience).


Always great to see classic rock fans in this community. You put a lot of time and effort to move patches around and add more it.

Keep it up, can't wait to see your vest full.

I'm go na work on mine anytime soon. I just need to buy a jacket lol.


Thank you. It definitely takes a lot of time to get things sewn down they way I want it. I sew pretty tight and use a lot of stitches, so patches take between 45 minutes to a couple hours if they are over a pocket. It is relaxing for me, and I just put on some tunes to make it more enjoyable.
I checked out your items, and it looks like you have some nice vintage patches posted (but I think a bunch of them are sold). I look forward to seeing a jacket you put togeather.


That's how long it took me to sow the patches on an old jacket. I wasn't too satisfied with the results though.
A lot of then did get sold but I dismantled my jacket so many of the patches aren't being used anymore, so I will have newer patches up for trade/sale.. I will also include some newer ones out there too.
I wasn't expecting to see Chilliwack here lol. I always wanted to check them out but hardly had the chance lol.


Chilliwack are still touring, just not doing too many shows a year. Plus most of the shows end up in British Columbia. I haven't had the chance to see them yet, but when I do I will be there.


Yeah, it kind of sucks when bands only tour in one particular area. That's the same with Hawkwind. I've been wanting to see them for years but those guys inky tour in the UK and some countries IN Europe but none in the US.


nice.you just reminded me i need a Cult patch and a Triumph patch.


Looks awesome! Is the big brown part on the inside a big pocket?


Thanks. Ya, the brown part is a pocket that can be used to carry any big band merch I buy at a gig, like a shirt or something. All of the exterior and interior pockets are still 100% functional, but I found myself wanting one bigger pocket.


Are those Playboy centerfolds on your vest?

That's pretty unique especially seeing them on a battle vest haha


i'm curious too ! i think it works well .


Yeah haha, that's what I thought too! xD


Great selection of bands and you can't give any less than five flames for Elvis!

Not the type of style I would wear myself, but it's going to look great when it is all full/layered, etc.


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