Rock Stars Agree: Embroidered Patches Add Massive Value To Garments

After only two weeks, Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” South American tour got off to a rocky start, and we’re not talking about the music.  First, the singer fell ill and had to cancel his first show in over 30 years. He came back and gave one of his most explosive shows to date. But then, after the third show went off without a hitch, things took a turn for the worst when in Brazil his drummer Glen Sobel’s vest was stolen, right after the band had completed a sound check.

“But it’s just a vest—why can’t he simply buy another one? Even if it’s expensive, he’s rich,” you may say. Well, this vest was not expensive—it was priceless. What made it that way? You guessed it: his custom-made vest was adorned with custom embroidered patches.

Alice Cooper Vest Patches

Alice Cooper had custom embroidered patches made for himself and his crew specially for his “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour, as you can see from the image to the left. It is a large back patch with a skull in the center and attached rockers identifying it as Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” tour. Not only that, but the front and back of the vest are apparently decked-out with other embroidered patches the drummer has collected over time.

The crew considered this vest to be one of the more special vests, since it was one of only five that contained an identifying custom back patch. On top of that, the band wore these vests on-stage during shows, and according to Alice Cooper’s personal assistant, each of the back patches was unique.

The singer has offered a reward for the vest’s return. Alice Cooper’s personal assistant KC has issued the following statement: “If you see anyone wearing or trying to sell a vest similar to this . . . Alice is offering a great reward to the honest person who returns it, no questions asked.”

This is just one of many examples of the kind of value embroidered patches can add, especially when they are custom made for a specific organization or group. Bands and musicians usually have patches made either for the band members or crew, or to sell to fans as tour merchandise. Some bands have even included custom embroidered patches in special edition versions of an album, with a limited number being available. These patches go on to be valuable collector’s items.

Stadri has supplied many band and musician patches over the years. Just to name a few:  Gwar, AC/DC, Cannibal Corpse, Dropkick Murphy, Phish, Ashanti, Sum 41, and Fall Out Boys, and many more.

Do you have any band patches in your personal collection? Let us know. We’d love to check them out and see how you use them!

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Customer Highlight: MuttKnee Brace Woven Patches

The MuttKnee Brace got started by Daryllanne Franks about twelve years ago, out of necessity to help her dog Muttley, who had injured her knee running around on the snow and ice. As a result of this injury, Muttley could barely walk, and the cost of the surgery suggested by the vet was beyond Daryllanne’s budget.

dog wearing muttknee braceKnowing she had to help her poor dog any way she could, she and her husband decided to design their own brace for Muttley, basing the design on supportive braces for human knees.

After a couple of months of wearing the brace, Muttley was able to support her weight once again on the injured leg, and before long, she began running as if she had never been injured. This inspired Daryllanne and her husband to produce these braces for other injured dogs in circumstances where surgery is not a feasible option due to excessive costs or the age and health of the dog.

The design underwent many modifications and tweaks since the original. The current model is sold at muttkneebrace.com, and is custom fitted and designed, and individually sewn for each specific dog. Its primary function is to stabilize the dog’s injured knee and help to reduce the pain associated with the unstable knee joint. In short, it allows a dog to walk on all four legs again.

Since its inception, MuttKnee Brace has helped almost 5,000 dogs of all sizes—from 3.5 to 230 pounds—in 40 countries, and has grown from one seamstress to now having five local women sewing daily.

The MuttKnee Woven Patches

Muttknee Woven LabelDaryllanne says, “MuttKnee Braces have the awesome patch from Stadri attached. We needed a patch to sew on each of our MuttKnee Braces and love the quality and the pricing for the patches. I hope to be purchasing t-shirts and hats next year with our logo.”

She also says, “Our goal is to help dogs—one knee at a time—by making an affordable, supportive, and comfortable dog knee brace.”

MuttKnee Brace gives back too. For each brace purchased, the company donates five dollars to local and national animal rescue organizations.

Keep MuttKnee in mind in case of the unfortunate event your dog sustains a knee injury. Even if you can afford surgery, MuttKnee could certainly be a better alternative, depending on your dog’s specific injury.

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Do You Believe? Northern Sasquatch Research Society

It is a unique character of mankind to venture into the unknown. It also is characteristically human to cruelly ridicule those who do.
—Paul Rayno, Monsters of the Northwoods
Northern Sasquatch Research Society patch

Nothing evokes one’s imagination and fear of the North Country like the legend of Bigfoot. According to this legend, the first known sightings of Bigfoot in the Adirondacks were by the Iroquois. The first documented sighting took place in the early 1600s during the exploration of French Explorer Samuel de Champlain. Since then, over 200 sightings have been recorded.

In Washington County, 1976, a New York Police officer named Brian Gosselin experienced what has now become a legendary Bigfoot encounter. He struck up a friendship with investigator, researcher, and author Bill Brann, who went on to become the founder of the Northern Sasquatch Research Society. The sighting captured Brann’s attention, and he has been involved with researching Bigfoot ever since. Through such research, the “Northern Sasquatch Research Society” was founded. Continue reading

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The Stadri Art Department’s Favorite Patches From 2013

2013 was a great year for patches! OK, we say that every year; we’re passionate about patches. But this year is different because we’re not going to keep all our great patch designs to ourselves. Join us as each member of our Art Department shares his or her favorite patch from 2013.

Scott
“This design is based on Uncle Shucks corn maze theme. I designed this patch and it stitched pretty well for a 3-1/2″ size. I think the composition is good and the the jug shape really added something to it. What I like most about it is that it incorporates a shotgun, whiskey jug/distillery, and a man in overalls sitting on a rocking chair on his porch. What could be more Americana than that?”

Uncle Shuk's Corn Maze Patch

 

Risa
“The vast majority of the patches we do are clearly for specific organizations for specific purposes. Although I find this design to be interesting without knowing its meaning, Continue reading

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Customer Highlight: Shasta Wheelmen Bicycling Club

The Redding California, Shasta Wheelmen Bicycling Club is a family-oriented cycling group that includes riders of all ages and is designed to appeal to a ride range of riders, with events ranging from 26-126 miles and from flat to rolling hills to mountains. Founded in 1970, the club interacts with the public and with local government agencies to promote safe, effective cycling, improved road conditions to facilitate bicycle commuting, as well as cyclists’ rights to the use of the roads. Continue reading

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Customer Highlight: Unshoes Minimalist Footwear

Unshoes with woven labelsUnshoes Minimalist Footwear creates custom minimal footwear that gives the barefoot feeling while still protecting your feet, providing a lightweight, comfortable, and durable sandal for running, backpacking, outdoor, or casual wear.

As an outdoor enthusiast living in the Southwest, Terral Fox, Founder and CEO of Unshoes, loved wearing his sport sandals on hikes and other adventures. He found, however, that there were some features he didn’t like about his favorite brand of sandals. He explains, “While they fit me well, sand would destroy the straps and they were heavier than I wanted.”

He soon began his search for the perfect sandal and discovered the world of minimal footwear. “I’ve never liked shoes, so this idea intrigued me,” he says. “Especially the light-weight factor.” Continue reading

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Hand-Picked: Mad Hatter Embroidered Patch & Lapel Pin

This edition of hand-picked was chosen by Jon from our art department. Jon chose the patch and pin set for Shamanic Harmonics, which he had the pleasure of working on. These are known around our office as the “Mad Hatter patches” for obvious reasons. How did these awesome patches come to be?

As always, it starts with artwork.

Mad Hatter Artwork For Patch

Above you can see the customer’s original artwork and our final artwork that was sent to production. The customer wanted a couple tweaks: more gears shown and more thread colors than the free ten we offer for patches. To make this design appropriate for a cut-to-shape patch, the bubbles had to be removed and the design had to be simplified. Continue reading

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Individuality in a Common Theme: 10 Unusual Skull Patches

From eagles to engines, to flags and flames, designs for motorcycle patches are some of the most interesting we see here at Stadri Emblems. But which theme is the most common of all?

About one in every four biker/motorcycle patches we do here at Stadri contains a skull or a skeleton. Whether the skull is the focal point or a piece of the whole, it is by far the most popular theme for biker patches, aside from embroidered images of actual motorcycles themselves. And even then, it’s a close second

Seeing as the skull theme is common enough for us to see a different skull patch every day, we figured it was high-time to write about it and show you some of our awesome creations. Obviously, there are far too many; therefore, we’ve decided to showcase the ten most creative ones we’ve seen lately.

#10 – Skull With Flame Hair

Skull with flame hair

Skulls are common, and skulls with flames are quite common as well. But as for a skull with flames as hair, this is the first time I’ve personally seen this. The bangs and the hat are a nice touch–quite amusing.
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“Artist Has Freedom!” A Patch Design Saga

“Artist has freedom here!” the customer says. “Center logo [should be] just a guy hiking, with mountains, trees, and sun in the background.”

Could there be any words more beautiful to a Stadri Artist? After all, no restrictions or rules. No editing of other artwork. Just a blank slate to create the artist’s vision of a “guy hiking with mountains, trees, and sun in the background.”

And could it be any easier for the customer? Put the art in the hands of those who know the business: the professionals. No need to force any creativity. Surely the artist will produce precisely what the customer truly desires. It’s so simple! What could go wrong?

The artist begins to sketch and concoct. He pushes pixels around in the computer as he uses his honed tastes and skills. He utilizes color theory and composition to make an exciting but stitchable patch design. As he proceeds he’s hit with questions: Cartoony or realistic? Fun or serious? Warm or cool colors? He finds the answers to all of this in one simple phrase:

“Artist has freedom!”

The artist has gone to school, studied, practiced, worked for years, and gained experience, all for moments like this. He pours it all into the design, delighted in this chance to truly play in his digital coloring box the way he wants. Not guided by anyone else’s vision but his own.

After a few hours of work he finishes and gazes for a moment at his newest artistic creation. He is proud of his whimsical style and warm and inviting color scheme. Continue reading

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Hand-Picked: Viper Paintball Patch

Viper Paintball PatchThe game of Paintball, since it’s creation in the 1920s, has evolved drastically. Some of this evolution is due to the many passionate fans around the world who want to play this exciting game as their part time hobby. Credit is also due to the multimillion dollar industry of great manufacturers and distributors who have made it possible to market paintball products and accessories alike.

Some great accessories are found right here at Stadri, mainly our custom made paintball patches. These detail oriented patches are of great help to seasoned Paintball players who are looking to brand their teams and/or have their teams’ logos on their equipment and clothing for recognition purposes. This is especially important in tournaments, as each team has its own patch on its uniforms or equipment. Continue reading

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