The Battle Jacket War Division

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The mighty Battle Jacket is a possession that many metalheads hold dear to their blackened hearts. Whether or not you give a shit about having one or not is up you, but as metal-heads we’ve all seen them worn in metal magazines, online, and at concerts/festivals. There is no denying that a man or woman’s battle jacket is a symbol of what they represent musically, and we should respect that. There is also no denying that battle jackets hold a very iconic role in rock n roll and heavy metal culture. Many well-known metal musicians have them and wear them with pride.

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When you see someone sporting their battle jacket you can pretty much instantly gauge what that person’s musical tastes are. Band patches are usually the most commonly used accessory on battles jackets, but studs, pins, and other personal possessions can be applied as well. The most commonly used jacket is made of blue denim, and the sleeves are cut off 99% of the time. Some other colors can be used though; I have seen people dye their jackets and their patches to be a particular color. I, for one, choose to use black denim because black is not a color and colors can fuck off.

The most important part of creating your own battle jacket is picking out the back patch you want to use. This can be a very difficult decision because this patch is the biggest graphic that will be projected from your battle jacket. This patch can be a favorite album cover, movie poster, band logo, the list goes on here. The final decision most commonly comes down to a favorite band’s logo or album artwork though.  Once you have the back patch picked out and sewn on, you can then start to puzzle what goes around that. This becomes the most fun part of the creation of one’s own battle jacket. Smaller patches are usually used to fill in the spaces while some choose to add spikes and studs.

Creating your own battle jacket is a time consuming task which requires creativity and patience. The way you choose to create your own battle jacket is entirely up to you, and that’s what makes it so goddamn enthralling. I’ve created two and a half jackets now, and I don’t plan on stopping.

I’m very curious to see what you maniacs have to show when it comes to your battle jackets. So comment away in the comment sections and show me what monstrosities you all have created. If you don’t have a battle jacket, what would yours look like? How would you approach it? Comment away.


Here’s what a few of the TOH commenters and writers battle jackets look like:

Mustache Bear

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Simon Phoenix

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sweetooth0 (The undisputed winner here)

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Tyree

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Masterlord

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Randall Thor

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  • Dubs

    I’m at a workshop right now, so I just wanted to say I like Sweettooth’s crust pants.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
    • sweetooth0

      They don’t even smell bad!

      • RJA

        I would imagine a shitfucker patch may get some interesting looks “is that a fucking swastika?!”

        • sweetooth0

          Yeah I get hassled every now and then. Surprisingly only one person asked about it in Baltimore at MDF last year and that was only about 2 weeks after the riots. It also got me a free CD from the singer for the band Crackhouse who saw me in the merch area. So ya win some ya lose some.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Tyree’s three black ones are sick.

    • 2 and a half. The front is not finished on the first one.

  • I do not own a battle jacket, but this would be the first patch I put on my “battle” jacket if I got one.

    Then I will be ready for …er… war!

    Hail!

    http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0276/3769/products/IMG_00000118-close_large.jpg?v=1381141354

  • “The Battle Of Moving The Pool Table” was one for the ages. The scene was angry that day, my friends. There were five of us, given the task of moving the pool table from one side of the room to the other to create a space in front of the stage. Sadly, our ranks were thinned by one as Sloppy Dave succumbed to the mighty bong rips in the back of thee van.

    With all our might, we lifted, muscles straining under the weight. Our feet stuck to the Red Dog-soaked floor as if we were in the legendary Swamp of Sadness. Jason-ic didst ignore our pleas to bend at the knees and verily did hurt his back. “NOT TODAY!” yelled Chad the Impaler as the pool table began to tremble. “HOLD! HOOOLLLDDD!” screamed Chad, trying not to bump into the one table holding merch for every band on the bill. On the pride of our fathers and their fathers before them, we would not be denied that day.

    With the battle over, we celebrated with several rounds of Buck Hunter and an overpriced order of crinkle french fries. Sadly, the noble promoter, once trusted via his most sincere text messages, was nowhere to be found. Despite the promise of over 50 people on ye olde Facebook event page, the floor remained fairly empty, save for the other bands and their girlfriends.

    Bards still sing sing of the Battle of Moving The Pool Table and if you listen closely, you can still hear it being moved from one side of the room to the other.

    • You nailed it. The mighty pool table is a worthy adversary. I’ll leave the crinkle french fry eating for my other lame bros. I’m trying to watch my figure so I can train to move more pool tables efficiently.

    • Max

      Art.

  • I have a half assed vest that I keep telling myself I’ll finish one day… Then I remember I am old. So far it’s just an Eddie Brock patch on the breast and a big DRI back patch.

  • Also, I fully expected Randall’s jacket to be purple and covered in dragon scales or something…

    Mustache Bears jacket has the best needle threading on it. Siqq

    • It even says Rude in the tag!!!

    • Leif Bearikson

      Thanks! I saw something like it on Hetfield’s and thought I’d just go ahead and make my spazzy and DIY af. Used dental floss for it. I’ll probably redo the back patch, but I’m pretty happy with it.

    • sweetooth0

      very excited to see these fucks at MDF

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

    Awesome article, and awesome jackets, Tyree and everyone else! Oddly enough, I can’t recall seeing very many war jackets at metal concerts, even during the wintertime.

    (looking at my feeble, patchless jackets and softly weeping)

    • sweetooth0

      At MDF last year my buddy kept telling me he felt really out of place and practically naked because 90% of the crowd was wearing them and he didn’t have one. It was glorious to see all those vests!

      • He also dropped a beer off the top of the balcony onto the crowd below.

        • sweetooth0

          Derek’s funny like that.

  • I have a Gaza “No Absolutes In Human Suffering” patch that was ordered by accident when I preordered the album. I’ll never do anything with it so I might as well sew it to my face so I can show people how I really feel.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      The only patch I’ve ever gotten was a VNV Nation one with a promo I got from their label. Doesn’t exactly scream metal.

      • When I was in high school, I had a jacket with a Metallica patch on it but I don’t remember much else about it.

        • You need to make a jacket with a HM-2 Boss patch.

          • Yes, that would be the centerpiece surrounded by Nails, Trap Them, Rotten Sound, Nasum and Afgrund to name a few.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            And Vallenfyre

    • sweetooth0

      Excellent, true band loyalty there.

  • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

    I dont need a jacket. I basically exude metal, even in normies clothes

    • Pirates are metal on their own.

    • Salvador Dalí Lama

      I always wear band shirts, but this time of year they are clad under hoodies and coats, among other black and gray clothing items. As someone once told me, I dress like a Sith. I can live with that.

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        Darth Salvador Dali Lama

        • Salvador Dalí Lama

          Master of the Knights of Dali

  • RustyShackleford

    Sick as fuck. At 5’2, with a bald spot and whatnot, I’m not sure I’d look so badass in a battle jacket. Y’all on the other hand are dope. Jealous!

  • Waynecro

    Killer work, dudes! Battle jackets are pretty damn cool. I’ve never had one, though: They’re too flashy for me, and I’m always too warm to wear a jacket (even a sleeveless one). I still remember this one old dude I’d see at every metal show I went to when I was a teen. He had a black-leather trench coat completely covered in patches. It was truly a sight to behold and very likely a detailed road map of his extensive metal history.

  • Great post, Tyree. It’s encommendable all the effort you put into sewing and preparing this craft.

    My favorites are Randall’s, your black vest and the Sweetooth0 crust jacket. Masterjackets and Leif’s have some great patches over there too! (Nifelheim!).

    Sooo, yeah. Have some Nifelheim, I will shut up.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QEXTQsLaZE

    • I counted 2 Nifelheim patches. I may have missed a third on Sweettooth’s vest though.

      • sweetooth0

        no Nifelheim yet. I think there might be a nice spot opposite the mgla one at the bottom of the Bathory back patch though

        • Haha, you can always make room.

          • sweetooth0

            still a little bit left. I think after i do my horror one here, my next one might be one of those crazy German style ones with the collar and everything cut off and 100% covered in patches with no vest visible at all.

  • sweetooth0

    Yay, I’m kinda sorta famous now!

    • siqq tattoo sleeve, too!

      • sweetooth0

        The top part of it is a nasty ass clown bashing a dudes brains in with a 50lbs freshy paddle and the guys brains and blood are leaking out of his head. The lower part is a sewer scene with a bunch of mutant monsters made up of some famous mutants, and the inside part of my arm is a bunch of CHUDs.

    • Is Mega Drive a band (as well as a vidya console)? That patch is radical.

      • sweetooth0

        It is a band yup. That vest was made for my buddy in trade for a subwoofer he built me for my home stereo after my other one blew. Actually not a patch. All the upper back parts on my vests are hand painted by myself

        • sweetooth0

          “band” in the sense that it is an artist who makes music, synthwave stuff

          • I saw Perturbator and GosT cover art, were those patches too?

          • sweetooth0

            Yeah, custom ones I had made up. I just lay out the designs I want in photoshop and take a sheet of them to a t-shirt place to print on the shirt, then cut em out and sew em on

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          That carpenter brut section is bad ass

          • sweetooth0

            I had purchased two shirts, one for me, and one for my buddy. Didn’t think about the euro sizing aspect at all, so my ended up being too small, and I got the same size for him even though he’s about half as big as me, so neither fit us, decided to turn em into back patches.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Nice. I started a vest a while back with an old motorhead shirt as the back patch. I need to get around to finishing it . This article reminded me how much I’m slacking in my metalheadness.

      • Phoenix of the House Tendies

        Synthwave. Get on that shit man.

        https://youtu.be/nU0uTq6IhPM

        • Maik Beninton™

          This sound like a Terminator soundtrack.

        • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

          That was awesome. Adding these guys to my Spotify list. I’m really starting to dig this whole Synthwave thing. Been listening to Das Mortal and Carpenter Brut for a few months now, there’s just so many of these bands out there. I like the instrumental, less dance-y stuff like this.

      • CyberneticOrganism
    • sweet Gost patch!

    • Where in the fuck did you find that Weakling patch!?!?!

      • sweetooth0

        I made it custom. A lot of my patches I did that way because I didn’t think I’d be able to find ones for sale (eg: Catasexual Urge Motivation). As I was saying to Link, I just lay out the designs I want in photoshop and take a sheet of them
        to a t-shirt place to print on the shirt, then cut em out and sew em on

        • Sick! I should really try that approach. Thanks.

          • sweetooth0

            I know some people get all elitist about “bootlegged” patches, but in my mind, the more DIY, the more personal a statement it is. There are people who do custom embroidery in the battle jacket group that I might consider in the future. However my method allows for a lot more detail because you don’t have to cut the image back to only a few colors.

          • Yeah, I can see that. I do like to stick with embroidered patches as much as possible. The Hellhammer back patch is screen printed though.

          • sweetooth0

            Embroidered have the toughness aspect for sure. I don’t wash my vests ever though, so my custom printed ones have held up fine so far. The good thing is I can always “upgrade” them should they start to wear out.

          • Óðinn

            That’s something I don’t think I’ve heard before; people getting pissy about the source of patches. “Hey, that’s not official band merch!” I believe it though. I think you’re right that the DIY aspect could actually be seen as more authentic since you went through the extra effort to make it.

          • sweetooth0

            Lots of people comment on that sort of thing on the Battle Jacket group me and Tyree are part of on Facebook. I guess they look at it the same way as a bootleg CD or shirt, so I can understand from that perspective.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Killer stuff man!

  • Masterlord’s vest is killer. I like his approach and his taste in black metal.

    Goddamn that sounds so dirty.

    • sweetooth0

      Seconded. The Emperor back patch is killer.

      • I absolutely love that artwork. So goddamn grim!

        • sweetooth0

          Was considering getting the Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger cover tattooed on my forearm and having the De Mysteriis Castle and the Emperor reaper in the back ground, but not sure if it’ll all fit.

          • Fuck! That would be rad. I’d like to see that.

          • sweetooth0

            I’ll have to print out the images and see how big I can get them while still fitting on my arm (the bigger the better to preserve the details). It’ll be a TON of black which will probably feel really awesome to get done.

  • sweetooth0

    What happened to your first one Tyree. The one with the Deathcrush backpatch?

    • I’m recycling that one for another vest. That jacket was a 2XL and does not fit me anymore.

      • sweetooth0

        ah, gotcha

  • sweetooth0

    Just wanted to jump in here and say I’m diggin Mustache Bear’s sewing style. Looks like psycho ward style which is what mine kinda ends up looking like too. Is that all you use to hold them, or are they glued/stitched with black thread also?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Nice synthwave patches, the Carpenter Brut backs are killer

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      As I told you before, your synthwave vests are fucking killer dude.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        If any other genre deserves battle vests, it’s that one

    • Leif Bearikson

      Thanks! That’s all I use. I never thought to glue them, but i’ll probably do that on my next round of patches because there’s a bit too much give to them.

  • Stanley

    Two questions:

    1) Is it ok to have a battle jacket with sleeves?
    2) If not, what’s the best way to remove the sleeves to make sure the jacket doesn’t look like dog shit? i.e. Masterlords.

      • Stanley

        Very tasteful. Looks like the arms are painted. Nice job.

        • sweetooth0

          definitely painting on the arms, but a very nice job of it!

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        What are you supposed to do if you have scrawny forearms? Use morbid Angel patches as elbow protectors?

    • sweetooth0

      you mean to say you think Masterlord’s is clean looking or looks like shit? From what I can see he just cut really close to the seam so there would be minimal freying. Personally I like the freying so I leave a bit more material. I wash the vest before I start working on it so the raw cuts frey out.

      • Stanley

        It’s frayed and now that I look at yours, they are too. I’m not fan of the fraying so would like to limit that.

        • sweetooth0

          To stop it you’d need to sew the edge with a machine using a really tight zig zag pattern or something. That or leave a bit more fabric and fold it to the inside and sew it together as a seam. I have anti-fray stuff that you can apply to raw edges but it only works so well.

    • burn

      • Stanley

        Ha. I burn the straps on my bicycle helmets after I’ve cut them short to stop them smacking me in the face. Molten plastic stops the fraying.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Great post. You guys (Tyree) already inspired me to start a new one prior to this article. I SUCK at sewing but I’m getting better. What is your apporach on pockets? Do you sew all the way through?

    • Ah, pockets are a bitch. I have inside pockets in my vests to which make it even harder. I usually don’t sew the whole way through but sometimes if I’m feeling lazy I will but not often.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Ok thanks….

      • Phoenix of the House Tendies

        I literally wanted to murder people after trying to sew on my pocket patches. Mind you there not even actual pickets, just the flaps.

        • sweetooth0

          flaps I can handle, although still not great. vest pockets are so damn tight though you got no needle room and my sewing style (which is probably totally wrong) demands room.

          • sweetooth0

            yeah that’s what I meant by suture needle. I still found it difficult, but maybe I’ll give it another shot. You can also straight up take the pocket off, sew on the patch, and re-attach the pocket, but without a machine to do that I don’t know how much fun that would be.

          • PASS! Hahaha

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I found a bunch of them in an alley, do you think they are ok to use?

          • Ha! Go for it bro 😉

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            sweet!

          • sweetooth0

            syringe sewing, fits right over my finger, so handy!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            lol, sooo handy!

          • Phoenix of the House Tendies

            Someone in FB suggested putting a credit card or a square piece of cardboard in the pocket. I guess to keep from sewing the pocket together. Not sure if that would be useful, but I’ll keep a mental note of it the next time I have to sew a pocket.

          • Hmm, that’s good to know. I still have not sewn in my front pockets yet. I may try that.

          • sweetooth0

            I’ll have to give that a shot.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            “my needle demands room” lol

    • sweetooth0

      i glue mine on the pockets cuz sewing on pockets sucks ass even with a suture needle. Inside pockets I rip out.

      • Stanley

        What glue do you use?

        • sweetooth0

          I’ve used anything from epoxy to shoe goo. I hear hot glue actually works well. Talked to a guy at a show who hot glued all the patches on his vest, and he had one of those crazy german style kutte’s that’s 100% patches with no vest showing. He claimed it held up, but I’m not sure I’d trust it.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Ok cool! I dont believe the IRON ON myth. Do they actually work?

        • sweetooth0

          No, I’ve tried it and they come off right away.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I would have bet that! Thanks!

          • sweetooth0

            Plus the back gets all flaky and crispy and is kinda shitty to work with afterward.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Why must they keep up the facade? Assholes, they just keep selling that shit and they know they dont work. I guess on a T shirt you might have a shot.

          • Phoenix of the House Tendies

            I always sew on my iron-on patches cause the glue most of them use is Lolbuttz.

            The Vader patch and the Kreator patch are both iron-on.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I’m glad I decided to sew the iron on patches. I’m to old to believe some bullshit like that, lol!

    • Stanley

      That comment you made about liking Forhist was deleted by the moderator. Wat?

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        It was me actually…I thought “why the hell did I interject an un solicited thought in your dialog?” So I deleted it, but yea I really like that song and dusted off the album the last few days too. lol

        • Stanley

          All thoughts on the Toilet are unsolicited! Keep it up!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            you got it!

        • i couldn’t reply cause it was gone. it was gonna be:
          “is that where one finds trees ‘n shit?”

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            haha yea…n’shit!

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    thus far…

    • Ay, that’s the same vest I have.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        I stared looking for a sleeveless black one after seeing one of your jackets. Levis are too fucking expensive. Found this on Amazon, good price, Its a quality vest, was a great move. PS your jackets are kick ass!

        • sweetooth0

          I buy dark blue ones from Walmart (Levis) and then die them black with Rit Dye.

        • Stanley

          I got my Levi’s on Amazon for $65. How much is this one?

          • $30

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Amazon @39.95.

            Men’s Black Denim Jean Vest MV107 Black. Sold by JAFRUM.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Weird, my reply didn’t show. Anyway I looked up the order in my account: Men’s Black Denim Jean Vest MV107 Black. Company name was JAFRUM. I just looked it up again and the vest is no longer available but Jafrum has other affordable choices. The vest was $39.95.

          • Stanley

            Thanks. Save $20 on a jacket and then spend $200 on patches for it!

          • Haha! Exactly.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            haha, soo true!

        • Thanks, and yes these are quality jackets for pretty dang good price.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            totally

    • sweetooth0

      Solid selections so far!!!

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        Thanks man…I tried one a few years back and was way to random on patch selection…haha!

        • sweetooth0

          Same, now I try to keep mine themed by genre. Although I do think I’ll do a multi genre one again in the German style (100% patch density). Somethin like this:

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            sweet

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Kick ass

  • God dammit. Guess I’m gonna have to start one after seeing all these sick ones.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I have a denim vest but I have no patches for it. I’ll have to get some patches. I know places that sell them thankfully.

  • JWEG

    I do not have a Battle Vest.

    With very few-but-regular exceptions (Casey from Heavy Metal UVIC for instance) I don’t see too many of them around the kind of local gigs which I attend. It’s easy to forget how big a deal it is in the wider metal community when you’re used to a sea of black shirts and/or flannel instead.

    And I’m pretty sure flannel Battle Jackets are not a thing.

    • sweetooth0

      actually my buddy had a really sick looking one he did with the top back done up with a triple six from an old Deicide shirt.

      • JWEG

        I retract my statement that it should not be done, then.

        I might look into attempting something in darker hues.

        • sweetooth0

          His was black and red checkered. I tried looking to see if there was a picture of it on Facebook but no luck. Just some far away shots of the front which he put a couple smaller patches on.

  • Phoenix of the House Tendies

    Mine feels so naked in comparison to Tyree’s and the others ha ha.

    I haven’t worked on mine in a while, but I have a bunch of new patches coming in the mail so time to get used to the torture of sewing again.

    • It’s nice when you can listen to records while sewing them on. It passes the time better. I like yours though!

      • Phoenix of the House Tendies

        Defintely. Funny enough, I listen to jazz while sewing patches on mine. Listening to metal gets me too amped to actually focus on the task at hand..

        • Good strategy! Vigorous sewing causes many needle jabs to the fingers.

          • sweetooth0

            bleeding for your art.

          • ┼Hail┼

  • Stanley

    Housekeeping question: Do you ever put your jackets in the washing machine? Does it fuck them up?

    *brb, going for my daily daily peruse of marthastewart.com

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      Most people I’ve asked say to either use Febreeze or take it to the cleaners. But guess it depends on the amount of patches on there and what material they consist of.

      • Stanley

        I didn’t know that Febreeze has a version for beer odor removal?

      • sweetooth0

        Can confirm febreeze. The only stink issue I’ve had was camp fire smoke and a few febreeze sessions took care of it. If I happen to ever puke on one or something I’ll probably just hose it off.

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Protip: put it in the freezer

    • sweetooth0

      Never wash. Too many studs would bash up my washer and dryer.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      People wash their clothes on here, or wear clothes at all (besides battle jackets, of course)? My whole life has been a lie!

  • Max

    And the Bathory goat is canary yellow. Nice touch of authenticity.

    • sweetooth0

      Yellowgoat is a must, even if Quorthorn actually hated it.

      • Max

        I actually think it looks better in a way, even though the white is fine. I’ve been hunting around for a canary version of the t-shirt for some time. The trick is to find one where the logo is yellow too.

        • sweetooth0

          I like it yellow better too.

          • I forgot to check to see how much that Original S/T Bathory album went for on ebay. It was some ridiculous amount.

          • sweetooth0

            Anything from about 80 and up is just ridiculous for a single album to me. This crazy thousands of dollars for an original pressing things is strictly for them rich folks.

          • Max

            I dunno why, in the vinyl-revival age, they don’t just do a fresh run of sleeves in that colour. There’s probably a demand.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I paid that much for a Bauhaus CD back in ’95 (Nighttime). Thing is though there were only 70 copies ever printed.

          • Yeah, it’s dumb to pay that much for a record. I think the most I paid was $45.

          • sweetooth0

            admittedly I dropped 90 with shipping on the last Mastodon album. But that art in triple gatefold is fucking epic. I think I spent 80 on my triple Wolves in the Throne Room album too, but it shipped from Australia so that hurt. Also I paid 90 for my AC – Wearing Out Our Welcome LP, but that one is impossible to get now and it’s actually hand assembled and the record labels are hand stamped. Other than that I paid 60 for a couple rare CD’s, but normally I try to be more of a cheapskate.

          • I’d pay that much for the AC LP.

          • sweetooth0

            The sleeve is a blank that they had to affix sticker sheets to on the front and back. Probably cuz no printer would do it due to the song titles. It’s pretty great.

          • RJA

            I paid $50 for a Woody Guthrie 10″ on folkways – probably about 10 years ago. that’s my limit, $50

          • Max

            Yeah, if you’ve got one, you’ve got a gold mine. (Or canary mine, as it were.)

  • Max

    I’ve never been a battle-jacket person myself, even though I heartily endorse the custom. I can only explain my lack of desire to have one by referring to the time I got into the music. I’m from the death metal era, and back then it’s not something you saw a lot of at gigs, except on older thrashers and speed metaller-types. So you’d see plenty of Kreator back-patches, but you wouldn’t see the word Carcass unless it was on a longsleeve shirt or hoodie.

    I especially like seeing girls wear them. I went to see Judas Priest at Soundwave a couple of years ago, and there was a Priest fangirl at stagefront in black PVC tights, peroxide blonde hair, figure-hugging light blue Screaming for Vengeance t-shirt, and with a whitewashed Judas Priest battle-jacket. She looked stunning.

    • sweetooth0

      Yup, big fan of girls in battle vests too. Got my girlfriend making one, so far it’s got a custom Agathocles – Use Your Anger back patch I made for her.

      • Max

        Agathocles – wow, that’s quite obscure. Is she Belgian?

        • Yup. Agathocles is a Belgian Mincecore.

          • sweetooth0

            Nope just a big fan of the band. She used to have the shirt when she was younger but it was long since lost. It’s a picture of a dude kicking in the front window of a McDonald’s. I knew I dug this girl when the first record she pulls off my shelf is Agathocles – Razor Sharp Daggers and asks to listen to it cuz she’s a big fan.

          • sweetooth0

            MINCE

        • sweetooth0

          Nope just a big fan of the band. She used to have the shirt when she
          was younger but it was long since lost. It’s a picture of a dude
          kicking in the front window of a McDonald’s. I knew I dug this girl
          when the first record she pulls off my shelf is Agathocles – Razor Sharp
          Daggers and asks to listen to it cuz she’s a big fan.

          • Max

            I saw it, dude! She sounds like a keeper.

          • sweetooth0

            Having been in a 10 year relationship (6 of which married) to a non-extreme music fan, it is very refreshing to have a new partner who digs the music too.

        • sweetooth0

          she also used to have a sick Macabre shirt that said “eat at Ed’s” on the front, and had the gutted hung female corpse pic on the back. Sadly I didn’t have any luck tracking one of those down that was actually for sale.

          • Waynecro

            MACABRE!!!

          • sweetooth0

            Yep, if you look at my death’gore’grind vest back there’s a Macabre murder metal patch in the lower right corner. Saw em with Exhumed and Cephalic Carnage a while back. Killer show.

          • Waynecro

            That’s awesome. Macabre is such an awesome and unusual band. I saw them many years ago myself.

          • sweetooth0

            yeah, a guy I know who only likes punk rock ended up going just because he wanted to see them. Very unique style.

          • Waynecro

            They put on a great show. I hope to see them again one day.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Chicago’s finest! 😉

          • Waynecro

            The singer rocks one of the gnarliest, slickest mullets I’ve ever seen.

          • Count_Breznak

            And ugliest.
            Great shows tho, and they always seem to be part of awesome lineups.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Sadly, haven’t seen them live. From what I can tell, they play Chicago almost constantly.

  • COAL ROLL

    If anyone is interested, and with Joe’s approval of course, I can have a handful of ToH logo patches made

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Interested. Very interested. So interested i can’t think of anything else i want more.

      • COAL ROLL

        Get Joe’s OK…then hit me up in the FB group and we’ll work out details

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          I’m not on facebook, anyway else?

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      count me in

    • Cool with me as long as you send me one.

      • COAL ROLL

        Of course. Do you have the logo in white text on black background?
        Or do your brand guidelines require black text on white background?

        • Hahaha, when I get home I’ll create a color swapped version and send you both.

          • Óðinn

            Send him a PDF your Toilet corporate brand guidelines and get the embroiderer to email you a proof for approval.

    • sweetooth0

      I’d sport one. Embroidered?

      • COAL ROLL

        yes sir. My mommy has an embroidery machine.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Sounds good!

    • Phoenix of the House Tendies

      I would so wear one.

  • HessianHunter

    My elegant, minimalist jacket. I wear this thing for work so I keep it classy.

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

    In completely unrelated news, here’s the new billboard for the upcoming Deadpool movie:

    http://screencrush.com/442/files/2016/01/deadpool-emoji-billboard-pic.jpg?w=720&cdnnode=1

    • i’ll be seeing it. although i will NOT be surprised if it sucks. because how many times have you said to yourself “there’s no way [such-and-such] can suck”… then it does.
      um… primary example being Alien vs Predator, then its sequel

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        It’s got Ryan Reynolds in it, which makes me doubtful. Only thing he was ever good in was ‘Waiting’ (a fucking classic, especially if you’ve ever worked in restaurants!). Goddamn is he hot though! The only reason he’s still employed in Hollywood, especially the epic disaster that was Green Lantern.

        • i’m not going to claim he’s a bad actor or anything, he was good in Buried! but yeah he’s mostly in crap

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Saw Buried, and it was decent. The last parts were definitely good, though!

  • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

    I just realised Masterlord has a Caladan Brood patch. Masterlord is the man.

    • Lacertilian

      His cape always covers that killer Emperor patch though.

  • A.P.

    For a while I’ve collected patches and stuff, and used to have a hat that had the Obtained Enslavement logo prominently sewed onto the front (hugely proud of it, rip where ever you are) but I’ve been highly resilient to the battle jacket despite my passion and love for extreme music culture. I’m just not a denim jacket guy, I dress in a certain way where it wouldn’t make sense to wear and my hair goes down several inches past my tits (I am male), and that’s the way I show my deep love for metal. All that said, I love this shit and think it’s as dope as it gets. Nice jackets, guys.

  • Eliza

    I want to make myself one so much, but I don’t know where to get the patches from.

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Ebay has quite a lot of patches to offer.
      Hells headbangers
      Heavy metal merchants
      And a quick google search for heavy metal patches yields many websites.
      Also a lot of bands sell patches through their own merch websites.

      • Eliza

        Thanks for the info! To the wallet! Oh… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05c2c2d920aa4c65a72cacaeb13ad95090e7cdc64434427b96c8adfd4d24bf45.jpg You know what, sewing isn’t really that hard.

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          You could go full diy, make your own patches or paint all the logos you want on a jacket.

          • Eliza

            Then I can VERY proud of it.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I have a couple of shirts i have made from spray paint and custom stencils. I’m super proud of them.

          • Eliza

            Picture maybe? You don’t have to, I’m just curious.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I’ll have to dig them up when i get home, though they might be at my parents house. I made 2 Bad Brains shirts and a YES shirt in high school.

          • Eliza

            Cool! I imagine they look nice.

  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn

    I guess this is for people who like Crossover Thrash and Horror movies.

    https://img1.etsystatic.com/069/0/10597029/il_570xN.812587137_ex8z.jpg

  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn
  • Pagliacci is Kvlt

    I’m in the process of assembling components for a trees ‘n shit battle vest, but in the meantime I’m settling for my battle cap.

  • Roan Kuiper

    I cant seem to find a good tough rugged battlejacket, anybody got any search terms for me? or a good link?