GET READY FOR BATTLEBattle Jacket, battle vest, Cut-Off or Kutte (German *slang*) what ever you call it, to me it is art. Starting off as standard for biker gangs, they slowly became part of the Punk and Heavy Metal cultures. Denim or leather covered with patches and pins they can not, not be seen as art.
They come in all styles and are a reflection of their owners. Some are neat and tidy with their patch placement and others prefer it to look like embroidered chaos. Some like their stitches hidden others like it to look like the work of Dr. Frankenstein.
They became very popular in the metal world nearly from the birth of Heavy Metal in the 1970's. And although you don't see as many of them as you did in the 80's and 90's; they are still out there. Most of the originals belonged to those of us who are now in our 40s, 50s and 60s; many young'uns still carry the torch.
My own (new) jacket is a diverse mix of metal sub-genres (classic metal, metalcore, doom, thrash, nu, alternative and shock) but it is all metal and all good. Of course I did have to put a small homage to my boy Darth Vader and his empire.
Slayer and Pantera join a Hostile pin on the front. And there is still plenty of room for a few more.
Sleeves have Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Alice, Ghost,Gojira and Avenged Sevenfold.
The back patch WILL always be the owners favorite band. Mine, of course is Judas Priest. And of all the album cover back patches available I had to pick BRITISH STEEL.
I love my jacket. Here is a look at a few others.
James Hetfield with his cut-offs. And he wears them all the time.
A young'un in his.
A few more....
(I love this photo!)
Grab yourself a jacket, buy some patches and stitch away!