How to Make Your Own Battle Jacket


At the behest of Joe Thrashnkill I’ve decided to create a handy guide for newbies to the battle jacket (cut-off, patch vest, kutte, battlevest, etc). Those of you already in the game may not agree with all of my points, but this is what works best for me. Everyone seems to have their own sets of rules about making these things so here’s mine:

  1. Do not wear patches on your vest for bands that you don’t know. Someone will ask you about them at some point, and you will feel like a knob when you admit you just thought it looked cool and you have no idea what Venom even sounds like.
  2. Official and embroidered is cool and all, but honestly, if a bootleg looks good or you like doin’ it DIY, then I say go for it. In fact I think DIY just makes your vest that much more of a personal statement.
  3. Ripped sleeves look best. This is fucking metal here; ripped denim is a part of our heritage.
  4. Do not be afraid to let your thread show, go ahead and use white. It gives it that extra crusty look.
  5. You don’t need to be able to button up the front of the vest (it looks kinda dumb when you do anyway). In fact, slightly smaller than your usual jacket size tends to look better.  Allow thy mighty beer gut to flow out from the front of your open vest like a true metal warrior.
  6. Finally, the battle jacket should be about who you are as a person. Don’t let anyone else tell you what you’re doing is wrong. They are fucking wrong.

Feel free to slag me off in the comments if you think the above is horseshit.

Part I: Getting Your Shit Together

OK, so you’ve decided it’s time to start repping your musical tastes and armoring up for that next big metal show you plan to attend. First things first, you’re going to need some basic shit to get started:

A Denim Jacket or Vest


You need something to sew those patches on, pin those pins on, puke that puke on, you get the idea. Alternately, you can use a leather vest, but they are a lot harder to sew on, so you’ll need to make sure you get a leather sewing needle for that, and a thimble will be a must (more on that later). I don’t think you want to cut the arms off of a leather jacket as that might come out looking kinda crap, but it’s your fucking vest, so you decide for yourself! In my opinion, cheaper is better. So if you can nab something for peanuts from a thrift shop or liquidation store or something, then go for it. Otherwise, in my neck of the woods, the cheapest I could find (without hitting thrift stores over and over hoping for one to turn up) was at shitty Ballsmart (Walmart) for a Levis jacket for $40 Canadian. Color isn’t critical as you can always bleach/dye it should you desire. I would recommend something as plain as possible. If it’s got a bunch of flowery cowboy embroidery or it comes pre-studded (you will look like a tool with a pre-studded vest from a department store) it’ll just be more work for you to cover up.



I do not recommend trying to use the wimpy standard thread. It tangles and knots up when you’re sewing and it’s harder to thread in the needle. I find it a lot easier using a heavier gauge thread. Something like Guttermans’ Heavy Duty will work fine. You can also use dental floss, however you want to make sure it is non-waxed as the waxy stuff tends to want stick to itself and can be a bit of a pain to work with. That said, I have sewed some patches on my pants with mint flavored, waxed dental floss and they’re still holding up, and also smelled minty fresh for a good long while. You can find thread either at a fabric/sewing store, or pretty much any department store.


Synålar. Nr 5–10. Förp med 20 st.

I like to work with a slightly larger needle with a decent size eye so it’s easy to thread. If you don’t have elf fingers it’s just plain easier to use a bigger needle. You just don’t want to go too big because it’ll punch bigger ass holes in your creation than you need for your gauge of thread. Again, you can get various sizes in packs from a fabric/sewing store or pretty much any department store.

Dye (Optional)


Should you want your denim to be a different color than what you could find you may need to dye your vest before you begin work on it. I recommend using Rit Dye. I’ve seen other brands around, and they are a bit cheaper, but from what I’ve read, most of them don’t work very well at all, so pony up and stop being a cheap ass and buy the good shit in this case. The dye will have all of the instructions, so I’m not going into it here. One thing I will mention though is you will want to get yourself some rubber kitchen gloves because that shit will dye your fingers for weeks (speaking from experience here).



You can’t have a patched up vest without patches to put on it!  You can get these things from all sorts of places:

  • shows
  • music stores (should any happen to still exist in your area)
  • ebay
  • cub scouts
  • the army
  • police officer’s uniforms
  • music distros (eg: Hell’s Headbangers, F.O.A.D. Records, Earache Records)
  • other merch related websites (eg: Crustpunks, Rockabilia, CVLT Nation Bizarre)
  • mailmanbro your dog slayed while he was delivering your swag
  • etc

Sometimes you simply will not be able to find an officially licensed patch for that rare bedroom pornogrind band you want to adorn your semen encrusted denim with, so in that case you’ve got two options: custom bootleg or DIY. If you’re looking for high quality, custom bootleg patches, a good place to look is in the various battle jacket groups found on Facebook. One such group is the BATTLE JACKET GALLERY & PATCH TRADING POST (you’ll find some of us toileters lurking there). Many of the members make custom patches, and you can get anything ranging from a simple silkscreen, a screenprinted bootleg or even embroidered patches. It’s also a good place to look for official patches too if you can’t find any at any of the places listed above.

If you want to go the DIY route, you can hand paint it on a piece of scrap fabric, silkscreen it, hand embroider it, use iron on transfers, or you can even use a pre-existing T-shirt and cut it up into a patch or patches should you want (good for big designs that you can’t find as a back patch for example). For some of my DIY patches I couldn’t find/afford official embroidered patches, so I made up an 8½  X 12” image with various patches I designed in Photoshop and then brought it to a local custom t-shirt place and had them make a shirt of it. Then I cut it up, and voila, I had around 10 patches! My zombie backpatch on my death metal vest, and the Carpenter Brut patch on my synth vest are both T-shirts I cut into backpatches.

Fabric Glue (optional)


Many people simply pin the patch to the vest and then sew.  I found I had a lot of difficulty using this method with the patch shifting around or the pins getting in the way. Not only that but you multiply the number of things that can stab you and I get enough stabbing done with just the one pointed object being involved. Instead, what I do is I pre-glue the patch down with fabric glue. I generally prefer the Speed Sew brand, but any fabric glue will work. One thing to keep in mind, is this will leave gooey residue on the back of your patch and your vest should you decide to remove the patch at some point, so consider that before you use the pre-glue down method. For me, it makes sewing the patch on about 20 times easier, and I don’t usually move shit around once it’s sewed on, so residue is a non-issue. Besides, the filthier your vest is, the more TRVE you are.

Pins and Studs and other Accoutrements


Like patches, you can find pins at pretty much the same places. If you’re looking for studs and the like I’d recommend Studs & Spikes or Charged up jackets look fucking rad, so I say stud those fuckers up!

Part II: Prepping Your New Vest

OK, you got all of your shit together. Now you may need to do a little bit of prep work before you can dive in and start sewing:

1. If you like your vest to have that clean look, you’ll need to either buy it as a vest from the get-go, or learn how to hem in the fabric when you cut the sleeves off (which I will not cover here as I haven’t ever done this). Either way, you can skip the rest of this step if that’s the case. Personally, I like the ragged, cut-off look. To achieve this you want to cut the arms off of your vest about a half inch or so away from the seam that goes around the armpit.  If you want to do further weathering to your vest, now is the time. You can cut/rip holes in it, rub it with a cheese grater to break up some of the fabric, stain it, bleach it, spray paint it or even burn it in spots with a torch. If you want that full on German style Kutte look, cut off the collar as well. I haven’t done this yet, though I imagine that style would work better for doubling up over a leather jacket since you wouldn’t have two collars. If you need to dye it, now is the time. One thing that’s cool about Rit Dye and denim vests is that you have to mix the dye differently to color cotton vs polyester, so when you use the cotton mix to do the denim, the threading on the vest will likely remain undyed, so you’ll still have those stitching details when you’re finished. Once you’re satisfied that it has been distressed or dyed enough, you throw it into the washing machine. This should be the last time you ever do this if you want to remain in good standing with the dark lords of the kutte. What this will do is cause that extra bit of fabric around the arm holes (and any other rips or tears you did) to fray up nicely (and it will wash out any excess dye in the vest so you don’t stain your t-shirt and/or torso when you put it on).


2. If you plan to do any painting on your vest, you might find it’s easiest to do this first, and then start adding all of the “flair” later. I hand painted the logos along the top part of the backs of all of my vests for example. For a couple of them, I wanted a two-tone look to the back of the vest, so I have a blue vest with a black top, and a black vest with a red top. You may not even want to actually paint a logo on this, and instead patch or stud it, but it can add an extra wow element to a standard vest. I recommend you use a decent quality acrylic paint as they have decent flexibility (as long as you don’t go crazy thick) and it bonds well with denim. For leather, I believe there is leather specific acrylic, although I imagine standard acrylic will bond as well. I did use interior latex paint for the red and that seemed to work ok too. Avoid oil based paints, and do not use enamel paints on leather as it will actually eat away at the leather.


3. If you have a lot of patches saved up right from the get go, it’s a good idea to try a few different layouts on the vest before you dive in and start sewing only to find out you done fucked up and have to rip everything off and start over. Literally, just lay the vest out on the floor or on a table and start placing the patches on it to see what it looks like. Do this until you’re happy. If you have a shitty, drug-addled brain like mine that’s lacking on the short term memory front, it might even be a good idea to snap a photo of the front and back with your desired layout, so you can reference back to it once you get going. You want to install the patches one at a time (especially if you’re using my pre-glue method) so this can be helpful.

4. Prep any canvas or raw edge patches. While the frayed look for sleeves and whatnot is cool, fraying edges of patches can be problematic. This is because they will continue to fray right past your stich line, and then they will fall off. To avoid this, you want to fold over the edges of the patch so that when you sew it down, the fraying edge will be underneath the patch. I find using the fabric glue to hold the folded over edges in place makes this much easier and allows you to pre-prep all of your patches before you even begin, otherwise you have to try and struggle with pinning down each edge as you fold over and lemme tell you it’s a real fuck around. Dab the glue on the back of the patch along one edge, smear it with your finger and fold over the edge (being careful not to fold over the image on the patch):


Now repeat the process for the other three edges:


Part III: Sewing on Those Mother Fucking Patches

First, pre-glue the patch. If you don’t wanna pre-glue, skip this and look up a guide for pinning it in place. To prevent the glue from showing through to the front of the patch (especially on those canvas screen printed ones) you want to follow the same methodology as described in step 4 above. Only put little tiny dabs all over the back of the patch leaving a bit of room around the outside edge of the patch. Have a piece of Kleenex or paper towel handy, then smear the dabs all over the back, dragging it outward to the outer edges of the patch. Immediately apply the patch to your desired location and press in place, smoothing over with your hand like you would when applying a sticker. Let it sit for around 5 or ten minutes before you begin sewing.

Get your needle and thread. What follows is my method for stitching. This is probably not the correct way of doing things, but it’s what works for me and it’s how I get my “crusty/mental asylum stitched” look. If you want to learn how to do it properly, there’s all sorts of guides online like this one. Rather than try and explain it, it’ll be easier to show you, so check out these videos that cover off the rest of my steps:

Part IV: Adding the Extras

1. I like studs on my vests. They make your vest look that much more mean. Most studs have two prongs on the back of the stud. What you want to do is either get a piece of scrap wood, or work at a table you don’t care about getting scratched up. Get yourself a piece of cardboard or foam and put it on top of the board/table. Put the jacket on top of the cardboard/foam.  From here, you can press the stud through the denim. Turn the jacket over, and using a small pair of needle noise pliers, bend each of the prongs inward to hold the stud in place. To make this easier on your thumbs you can get yourself a studding tool from one of the aforementioned sites where you obtained the studs. You can also get yourself an awl, which basically looks like a little ice pic. My studding tool broke after not much time, so buyer beware I guess, but the awl is good to go. Pre-punch holes where the prongs will go through the vest, this way you don’t end up with a week’s worth of thumb bruises after you install hundreds of studs. To make sure my studs never come off, I use two part epoxy to glue the prongs in place on the back of the jacket.  This also has the added benefit of covering over the points of the prongs that can snag on your shirt under your vest.


2. While I’m not crazy about buttons (or pins or badges or whatever the fuck you wanna call ‘em), many people are. They always tend to fall off on me. Some tips I’ve found are:

  • If you’re using the kind with the safety pin backs, you can solder the pin shut (which I have done in the past). This might be a bit extreme, and you may not have a soldering iron.
  • Use a 2 step process to keep the button secure, put a dab or 2 of hot glue inside the collect rim to keep the two parts attached, then once you’ve put it on your vest, sew a couple of loops of thread through the clasp. This way, even if the safety pin comes loose, the button will stay in place because of the thread.
  • For the type with the straight pins with backings you can buy kits with replacement backs that have set screws to hold the pin in place. I haven’t used these myself but they’re supposedly pretty slick.

Good luck with your new battle vest! Hit me up in the comments if you want more details or if something doesn’t make sense (or if you wish to mock my feeble skills with your professional sewing talents)!!

Want inspiration for your own battle jacket? Take a look at some of of the cuts of your fellow Flushers:

The Battle Jacket War Division


Did you dig this? Take a second to support Toilet ov Hell on Patreon!
  • Dubbbz

    This was a great post. I enjoyed seeing your thought process and methodical approach.

    • sweetooth0


  • Anyone who ever disses on a battle jacket is a frail minded poser who will be crushed by mighty steel in death and in life

    • sweetooth0


    • Mother Shabubu

      “Anyone who doesn’t/isn’t/like [x] is a poser who will be slain/crushed/past participled by steel” – almost every Randall comment.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      What about BLS ones?

  • Sweetooth0, this was a great and informative post. I’m very pleased with the layout and your data disposal on the entire article, it was such a delight to read!

    Great job and thank you very very much for sharing your passion!!!

    • sweetooth0

      thanks homes!

  • Eliza

    The art of the battle jacket had been something that I’d thought I could never even approach, but reading this instructional article made it seem like I could really manage to make my very own metal clothing. Thanks!

    • Starting it is the most difficult part. Once you get going and see the progress you are hooked! You can’t stop.

      • Eliza

        Good thing there are a few denim jackets no one wears anymore that I can experiment on freely. I’ll even try to sew he patches myself. Seems complicated, but fun.

        • sweetooth0

          it’s slow going at first, like Tyree says, but once you get the hang of the sewing part you can get a vest patched up pretty quickly if you’re willing to put in the time. Of course, if you machine sew you can make them ultra fast, but I like the hand stitched look better.

          • Eliza

            The sewing machine my family has is one of those really old ones, that doesn’t even work on electricity, so I’d much rather do everything by hand. It’s safer that way, lol!

    • sweetooth0

      My pleasure.

  • Joaquin Stick

    I am not the kinda guy that would make a battle jacket, but for some reason I was compelled to read this whole thing anyway. Sweetooth0 is the greatest.

    • sweetooth0

      ah, shucks

  • Old Man Doom

    Awesome post, man! I was just considering starting my own for the first time, so this is a great help. Deciding between back patches will be tough though: Acid Witch vs Kvelertak vs Ahab…

    • Eliza

      That’s a tough choice indeed.

    • Hans Müller

      Make three vests. Boom.

      • sweetooth0

        yup, this is the correct idea!

    • sweetooth0

      Start with Acid Witch, but like Hans Muller says, just do three vests. Alternately, a person the battle jacket group actually rigged up a velcro system so they could rotate back patches when they wanted something new. Apparently even held up in pits.

    • MachoMadness5000

      Nah, back patches need to be heavier bands than that. Try either Disturbed, SOAD, or Ghost. You’re welcome.

    • HessianHunter

      Fuckin’ Ahab.

      Because (1) their name is easily readable and badass, (2) they are at the correct level of obscure where it shows you know your shit but are not just repping a tiny local band, and (3) if I ever make one of these I will probably have a Kvelertak back patch and I don’t like to share.

      • Old Man Doom

        These are excellent points. I will sub out the Kvelertak patch for a Skeletonwitch one. Problem solved.

  • I have honestly never connected with the visual side (i.e jackets, tshirts, and or battlevests) of heavy metal. I do not think it is because I am ashamed of my interests, but rather because I am not interested in talking about what I like. I always felt like it was easier to not have to explain my interests to others. I am always poser-ed out at shows… shorts and a boring t-shirt.

    Although I am being a negative Nancy, I feel like I have a better appreciation of the work that goes into these vests.

    Excellent work, Tooth of Sweetness.


    • Eliza

      I too only have one Iron Maiden shirt to represent my love for metal. I’m planning on getting to get some more band shirts to fix this situation.

    • GL, i’m here to join you once again:
      when i go to heavy metal shows i wear sandals, camo/cargo shorts, and a specifically NON heavy metal t-shirt. the reason why? there’s enough heavy metal shirts out there. look out into any given crowd and you’ll see a sea of similarly-dressed people; and homogeneity is my enemy. i NEVER want a person to be able to look at me and come to conclusions (i.e. “you look like a metalhead”, “you look like a bro”, etc.)
      having said that, this was a killer post and i can only admire the battle jackets of the world, knowing that they aren’t for me.

      • MachoMadness5000

        Every single metal shirt I have bought fits me like shit. I’m the dude in some converse, camo shorts, and a random t shirt from some random brand. Fuck it.

      • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

        I have a thing of NEVER wearing a shirt of the band I’m going to see. Which makes me the only person on Earth who’s worn a Mago De Oz shirt at both a Maiden concert and a Goreguts show.

  • HAIL!!!! Well done dude!!!

    • sweetooth0

      gracias amigo!

    • Eliza

      These look great.

      • Alicardavis1


    • Óðinn


  • Nina Osegueda

    “Allow thy mighty beer gut to flow out from the front of your open vest like a true metal warrior.” Bwahahaha! Yes sir! And don’t skimp on the nerd patches, either!

  • This was great dude. Now the only guide I need is how to not die of heat exhaustion trying to wear one in Texas.

    • Eliza

      It’d look pretty weird if you didn’t wear any shirt underneath the jacket, wouldn’t it?

      • Weird or BAD ASS. One of the two

        • Eliza

          That depends on you.

        • Dubbbz

          I don’t think your gut is big enough to allow you to pull off the shirtless look. You need more cheeseburgers and body sweat to do it.

        • Leif Bearikson

          As someone who has worn his battlejacket sans shirt at a show, I’m going with BADASS cuz you don’t see nips.

    • Dubbbz

      You have to socket in a sapphire for +3 frost protection.

    • sweetooth0

      Easy, don’t wear a shirt under it.

    • Count_Breznak

      Easy: Battle assless chaps.

    • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

      Easy. Turn your battle vest into a battle tube top.

  • Stanley

    Excellent stuff. Nice one, Sweety.

    • sweetooth0

      thanks dude!

  • Nina Osegueda

    This was the only good pic I could find with mine.

    • you just wanted to post a picture of you hugging a dick

      • Nina Osegueda

        As if I needed an excuse.

    • That Pee Pee got wood.

      • Jacquelinedlaird1


    • sweetooth0

      I got an ash tray from a filipino gal as a gift that had a woody just like that attached to it.

      • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

        The girl had a woody? Been traveling to Thailand, I see!

        • sweetooth0

          the ash tray.


      • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

        First beer I got when I came back to the east coast! Couldn’t find it in Chicago, and definitely missed it.

    • MachoMadness5000


    • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight
  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    are non- band patches (ie logo of your fav metal blog) allowed?

    • sweetooth0

      of course. Like I say, the vest should be about you. I’m making an all horror movie vest next because I’m a horror fiend.

  • In all seriousness though, I love making battle jackets! Extreme metal is my life and being able to put together something like this that represents who I am as a metal-head is really something cool. It comes with tons and tons of patience but the end result is so satisfying. Plus you get to listen to metal while you put them together. Win Win!!!

    • sweetooth0

      yeah, most people would say having more than one is excessive, but I just like making them, and I have a problem with self control at merch tables, so I always have patches in my patch box beckoning me to be sewn on to a garment

  • I’d love to get a leather jacket and stud the hell out of it like this one. Go full on punk.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      that looks like inside a H&M store

    • sweetooth0

      yup. I have one I snagged at a thrift store for like 40 bucks and it’s even “crust” style in that it’s sewed together from a bunch of little pieces of leather. I couldn’t pass it up. I’m torn if I want to stud it directly, or just make a true cut-off denim vest that’s basically all studs and a backpatch to wear over it. Really decay the fuck out of the denim to give it that nasty post-apocalyse/street look!

  • Abradolf Lincler

    I actually very much planned to start mine soon so thank you for writing this article

    • Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        Less Crusty more black metal, definitely Denim

        • Sort of figured that 😉

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Since I wear 2x clothing that much more fabric to cover up with patches

        • more beer

          Denim is the wise choice. I have a leather one and a denim one. It gets hot as hell in these clubs. I don’t even wear the leather one in the summer.

    • sweetooth0

      no problemo

  • The_Dude

    Actually just got me a back patch to go on my first vest. Will definitely keep this post bookmarked for reference, thanks a bunch man!

    • sweetooth0


    • MachoMadness5000

      Great choice.

  • HessianHunter

    This rules. All hail.

  • HessianHunter

    I actually like pins but they fall of in SIKK MOSH PITS too often so thank you for including tips about proper pin maintenance.

    What does your “synth jacket” look like? The bands I think of as a part of battle best culture are def not synth-driven so I’m very curious.

    • sweetooth0

      it’s the ones in the post with the red tops. Carpenter Brut back patches.

      • sweetooth0

        I did one for me and one for my buddy as repayment for him building me a subwoofer

    • more beer

      Found one of my friends pins in my backyard this morning. From a barbecue on Saturday. We didn’t even have a sick pit in my backyard that night.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    My vest needs work.

    • sweetooth0

      the time is now!

  • Hans Müller

    From the photos, I would not have guessed that those logos are hand-drawn. Awesome work!

    • sweetooth0

      thanks man!

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    I dig that Mysophilia patch

    • sweetooth0

      It came with my tape. I basically have no room left on my black metal vest at this point, so it’s looking like I may need to start another one.

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        fukk I never got a patch with my tape. I’ll have to take that up with kingshit when he resurfaces

        • RJA

          I have a patch somewhere that I will send you if you like.

  • Megan Alexandra

    it’s true, ex-tshirts make good back patches.

    • sweetooth0

      a bit harder to sew on because they’re stretchier and thinner material, but often the designs are just plain better than what you can get on a patch. I’m trying out an experiment with my upcoming one by gluing the shirt down on a piece of pleather that I’ll then trim down to size and sew on. Hopefully with it being stiffer it’ll be slightly easier.

    • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

      The Vader backpatch on mine was a t-shirt. Damn thing was a pain to cut evenly and sew on too.

  • Pentagram Sam

    EXXXCELLENT POST! When I was lurking I remember seeing those P-bator and C-Brut / Mega Drive jackets and straight up salivating. You painted the Mega Drive and Perturbator ones right?

    You are def a master of the battle jacket Sweet Tooth, Hail!

    This post did make me go down memory lane a bit so here’s a history of my denim jackets.

    From 5th grade to the first part of 9th grade (1995 – 1998), I blew thru around five or six flannel jackets from my Cobain / Rossdale era. They wore out quickly cos there were wienerbuttz at the schools who would get offended by band shirts and make us change. (Cobain memorium shirt had a drawing he did on the back and had an angel guy’s wiener, various skulls on Metallica shirts, the Bush shirt with pot leaves in the logo) so we’d wear jackets to cover up as we walked by these easily offended douches.

    Then in 9th grade I got a denim jacket and saw a cool as fuck Metallica Master Of Puppets back patch and voila! Away we go! That lasted from 1998 – 2003 when I got a bootleg Angra Rebirth shirt and had that turned into a patch for another jacket. (At the same time my friend got the treatment done with a Destruction Mad Butcher shirt)

    The Angra lasted from 2003 – 2008 when I got a Blind Guardian “Twist In The Myth” back patch and that went from 2008 – 2013.

    From 2013 – present has been a back patch of Iron Maiden’s LIVE AFTER DEATH and just recently a Perturbator patch over the left breast I got when Uncanny Valley came out.

    Usually have one big ass back patch and things on the titties. The Master Of Puppets jacket had a Helloween patch, and now I use the aforementioned P-bator and some pins on the right breast.

    Prob be at least three more years til a new jacket, but I had seen a cool ass Sodom Persecution Mania one on tha ‘Zon. Hope it’s still around when the time comes.

    Denim jackets for motherfucking lyfe!

    • sweetooth0

      yup I painted Megadrive and Perturbator. I painted the logos at the top of all of my vests. Recently I painted this Overkill one for my girlfriend:

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Nice story, i can dig!

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    As for the sleeves thing, what if it’s one of those kinda brando-like jackets?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        I imagine a fairly warm leather jacket having no sleeves would be rather redundant.

    • sweetooth0

      you mean cutting the sleeves off of one of these:

      • Grandpa’s Magic Fleshlight

        Is it me, or is his junk the first thing that stands out? Looks like he’s trying to smuggle a brontosaur in his plum huggers!

  • CT-12

    Wow, great tutorial/article man. Had a vest years ago but it got worn to hell, and wasn’t so sure of how interested I was in the style anymore, so I haven’t made another. After reading this though, I might reconsider that (or I’ve also thought of taking some flannels I have and just sewing on a few patches – sometimes I’m not too into the cluttered look of battle vests). Anyhow, very enjoyable read, thanks for sharing your tips dude, quite meticulous!

    • sweetooth0

      my buddy did a real cool looking flannel with a 666 Deicide design cut off of a t-shirt and sewed over the whole top back of the flannel shirt. I say go for it!

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Work in progress, not that cool right now, but I’m getting there:

    • sweetooth0

      that motorhead variant is cool man!

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Thanks! Custom cut from an old t-shirt.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      I have Immortal, Ross the Boss, VHS and Clutch patches to put on it. And I’m thinking of ordering some more come payday.

    • Looking good boss.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Thanks man!
        Its coming together. Hopefully in the next month or so I can report back with less empty space. Haha!

    • Simon PhoenixKing Rising


  • Waynecro

    This is an outstanding guide. Thanks so much!

    • sweetooth0

      no problemo, thanks man!

  • Alicardavis1


  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    My old vest, which is in that older article Sweetooth posted, is no more. A henchman tore it beyond repair. His severed head now hangs from the doorway of my place.

    May as well post my new improved vest here then.


  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    My old vest was damaged beyond repair by an incompetent henchman. His head now adorns my loving room doorway.

    May as well post pics of my new vest here.

  • Jacquelinedlaird1


  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    My old vest from the old article that Sweetooth linked was damaged beyond repair by am incompetent henchman. His head now adorns my warehouse doorway.

    May as well post my new updated vest here then.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Looking Rad! Sorry to hear about your previous one, total bummer

  • Manny O War

    Terrific piece. I’m such a fan of pieces that help us expand the metal scene and allow newcomers to be part of it without judgment!

  • awesomebill

    Hey man, great stuff. Is that a bullet belt around the bottom of your jacket? How’d you fasten it on there?

  • Matthew McGinn

    Would it be taboo to have a stoner band patch, like Stoned Jesus?

  • Pingback: Deathgasm & the Battle Jacket - The Gothic Nomad()

  • Jonny Wilson

    I agree with not using patches of bands you’ve never heard, but what qualifies as knowing a band? There’s a lot of bands out there that I enjoy the sound of but I couldn’t tell you what song is what or who any of the band members are. I have a shit memory anyways but band names always seem to stick.

  • Jesse Nicoletta

    Great post, but I have a question. Does it have to be a vest or can it be a jacket? Say instead of ripping the sleeves off you leave them for more real-estate or for the look.

    • Jesse Nicoletta

      y’know what? I said “fuck it, it’s my jacket so I can do what I want with it.” and I’m gonna do it with sleeves. Just made my order for everything now and I am pumped to make it!

  • Charles Fulkerson

    what would be the general veiw on using velcro so that the patches are interchangeable?