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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“In Memory” Patches Hold a Special Meaning To Bikers Everywhere

When most people think of biker patches, the first things that comes to mind are the large, eye-catching, and colorful group and club patches that adorn the backs of jackets and vests. Other common types of biker patches are the rockers that go above and below the club patches (sometimes attached and sometimes separate). You may think of the patches used to designate club rank, which are small, rectangular text patches, containing titles such as President, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms, among others.  Even more types exist, ranging from year rockers, which fit together and get stacked vertically, as well as smaller patches created for a single event or ride, worn on the front of a jacket or vest.

With all this variety among motorcycle patches, “In Memory” patches are often forgotten, perhaps because not all motorcycle groups make use of them. But among the groups that do, these patches often hold more meaning than even their large back patches. It’s unfortunate that something that brings as much joy as riding a motorcycle also comes with a measure of danger and risk. Sadly, many individuals die each year as a result of motorcycle accidents, bringing great pain to loved ones and to those whom the individual rode with. Custom “In Memory” patches are the perfect way to honor the memory of a rider who has passed away.

Consider the case of the Mac Carkhuff Foundation, which is a non-profit organization, formed in remembrance of a former rider.  Mac was killed in a motorcycle accident on August 27, 2005.  Mac was an avid football player, graduating from high school as a Scholar Athlete and continuing to play in college, at the same time earning his Master’s in Criminal Justice at St. Cloud State University, MN.  All these credentials aside, Mac was best known for his insatiable desire to ride motorcycles, snowmobile, travel, and spend time with family and friends.  When Mac was killed, he left behind many family, friends, and his fiancé-to-be, Suzette Olson, who led the forming of the Mac Carkhuff Foundation. Their goal? “To spread Mac’s positive energy to the causes he felt so strongly about.” Continue reading

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Sandy Hook Elementary’s Angels

Of all the charities Stadri has contributed to over our 30 years in business, none has made us as proud as donating 5,000 patches to the Sandy Hook Elementary school after the horrible tragedy of December 2012. We were beaming to learn of the reach these patches had and the lives they touched—from students of the district’s high school displaying them on their lockers, to parents of the victims hanging them on their front doors, to being worn by umpires and sports officials all over the country.

Bethel Indoor Track & Field ALL wearing the angel patches

Below is the email received about the effect of our patches.
Dearest All at Stadri Emblems,

My name is Yvonne Grimes and I live in Sandy Hook, CT. I also coach track & Field in Bethel, CT, the next town over. Linda Mills and I requested the Angels from your company. They are so very beautiful! Proudly wearing the patches are track teams in our league, basketball teams, swim teams (on their jackets); students from Sandy Hook have them on their lockers. Newtown High School staff and students have them; the families that lost their children have them . . . many on their front doors. They have been sent out in thank you letters. They have been sent to loved ones around the world. Umpires and sports officials around the state are wearing them. My son gave one to Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera when he came to give a clinic in our area.

I can not thank you enough! Your generosity and wonderful act of kindness has touched many many people. No money was taken for any of them. People asked and we gave them all away . . . happily!!

May God bless you all! THANK YOU!!!!


Oh Yeah, Size Definitely Matters With Embroidered Patches!


Let’s get right into it. What do you think of this patch?

4" Embroidered Patch

Pretty nice, right? Thick, tight stitching, great color contrast and layering, clean text, and appealing directional stitching on the bell. If you submitted this design and received this patch, I’m sure you’d be satisfied.


But what if . . .







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What if you received this patch?

Embroidered Patch

Wow! Why does that patch look so different—so much better?

One word: size. The patch in the first example is four inches overall. The bottom patch is 9.5 inches overall.

Larger patches simply look better. Why is this? For one thing, embroidery is radically different from pencil and ink, and even more radically different from computer graphics. Embroidery has one key limitation—thickness of the threads being used. Continue reading

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Meet the Animals We’ve Sponsored!

Earlier this month, Stadri Emblems launched a campaign to support the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Promising to sponsor a previously neglected or abused animal for every fifty Facebook ‘likes’ we received, in a mere two days we got enough ‘likes’ to participate in what is called the Sanctuary Seven, a discounted sponsorship of an animal from each species on the farm: a chicken (or rooster), a rabbit (or duck or goose), a turkey, a goat, a sheep, a pig, and a cow! Below you can read all about Stadri’s sponsored animals and their distinctive personalities.

Quincy the Duck

Quincy the Duck

Quincy is a Pekin duck. She was found when a friend of the Sanctuary was in a New York City park and noticed someone letting a tiny yellow duckling loose near a pond. Sadly, it is not uncommon for people to misguidedly purchase ducklings and other baby animals as gifts for birthdays or Easter, only to get rid of the animals after the holiday. The friend of the sanctuary, knowing that the little duckling would not fare very well all alone and would be completely vulnerable, intervened. She told the people about Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and convinced them it would be the compassionate choice for the teeny bird’s new home. When Quincy first arrived, she had never been in water. She now has a pond in which to swim and frolic all day long, and has fallen in what looks like love, to us humans! Ducks are very chivalrous animals, and another resident duck, Teddy, took an immediate liking to Quincy. The two have been inseparable ever since, and can always be seen together preening, swimming, or enjoying the sunshine.

Daphne the Rabbit

Daphne the Rabbit

Daphne was abandoned on the side of Glasco Turnpike, which just so happens to be the road the Stadri Emblems headquarters is located on. A family of tourists saw her hopping nervously along the busy road, and stopped to save her and brought her to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Daphne spends her days out in the specially-designed bunny area of the sanctuary. Daphne is very fast, and enjoys thumping and running about. Frisky and clever, she delights in playing what looks like a bunny version of hide-and-seek with her friends. The photo to the right shows Daphne snuggling in for a nap with her friend Appoline.

I haven’t noticed Daphne any of the times I’ve volunteered at the sanctuary, but I will be sure to keep my eye out next time I go. Maybe I’ll even take some adorable pictures of my own and post them here for you to see. Continue reading

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Help Stadri Emblems Support Neglected and Abused Farm Animals


The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

“Kayli the cow lifted completely off the planet for a few seconds out of sheer joy of being in a new pasture.” Courtesy of The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

Nestled within a small borough in the Catskill Mountains just outside of Woodstock, NY, is a delightful sanctuary for farm animals, rescued from cases of abuse, neglect, and abandonment—mostly from factory farm slaughterhouses, but also from the streets of New York City. Known as the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, this sanctuary provides refuge and shelter to cows, pigs, sheep and goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese, and even a lone mule.

Most of the staff at Stadri Emblems are passionate animal lovers, especially Kynan, our General Manager, who is heavily involved in animal rescue. When a neglected or abandoned kitten, puppy, squirrel, bird, or rabbit is found, she’s the one who gets the call. These types of popular animals are well-loved by most and get much support. However, I got to thinking: what about all those animals that don’t cross our path or register on our radar from day to day? Continue reading


5 Patriotic Uses of Eagles on Custom Embroidered Patches

Because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks, the bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of the United States of America on June 20, 1782; it was then believed to exist only on this continent. It has long since been one of the country’s most recognizable symbols, being representative of National Pride.

The Eagle is one of the most popular choices to represent military units and motorcycle groups alike. Here we will display five of our favorite eagle patch designs.

Black Eagle A.B.A.T.E.

Black Eagle A.B.A.T.E. Eagle Patch

A.B.A.T.E. stands for American Bikers Aiming Toward Education. ABATE of Montana is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving motorcyclists’ freedom of choice and freedom of the road. They are a social membership-driven organization whose main goal is to protect motorcyclists’ rights and to promote motorcycle safety and awareness.

This 100% embroidered, nine-color, diecut patch displays how the look of shading and dimension can be achieved successfully—given the overall patch size is large enough. Continue reading

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Have You Considered Custom Patches For Your Charity?

Very little gives us more satisfaction than knowing our patches are being used for a worthy cause, especially those involving children. Stadri is very proud to provide patches to hundreds of charities around the country. Here we will feature two such charities, tell you a bit about their patches, and help you determine whether custom patches are right for your charity.

Rose Brucia Educational Foundation

Rose Brucia Educational FoundationThe Rose Brucia Educational Foundation is a is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose goal is to reduce the number of child abductions in America by educating and empowering young minds with the knowledge necessary to avoid abduction. The foundation was founded by Matthew J. Barbis when his 11 year-old cousin, Carlie Brucia, was abducted and murdered in Sarasota, Florida in 2004.

Matthew says his real inspiration behind forming the foundation was the life-changing effect of watching his family suffer. “Carlie’s abduction was highly publicized and now stands as a call to action for families and individuals everywhere to stand up to child predators! Continue reading

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