Handmade Patches

The handmade patch. Raw and wonderful. As a kid, I used to love getting patches on family trips and ask my mother to sew them on my favorite jacket so I could show them off. Not sure why, but I decided to design and hand paint a few patches of my own. I must say, it’s therapeutic.

Below you can see some I’ve recently done in various stages. All are Acrylic on canvas, with hand stitching.

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The X Design

I’ve heard some designers say that the “X” design is old and we need to move on. I say it’s a classic and it depends on what you do with the X to keep it fresh. Change the angle, compress it, use objects in creative ways to show that crossed pattern or use it in subtle ways, hiding behind a design while helping to hold it together.

In other words, experiment, have fun and keep the “X” design alive.

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TRUE GRIT

A series of bare knuckle boxers inspired from the early stages of the 20th century. There’s something about the grit and rough demeanor of these men that most likely worked all day and took to the bars and rings at night. Phrases like, “True Grit”, “Hard Core” & “Real Deal” had to of originated with them.

The thankless hard working backbone of the cities they lived in were heroes to their communities. The bruises, tattoos and etchings on their bodies, revealed a bit of their personalities as well as the number of challengers they’ve bested.

Real men in all shapes and sizes with their individual swag stepping up to the line for a moment of fleeting glory or humbling defeat before heading back to the docks and factories for a pitiful wage. Win or lose, they stepped up.

Cheers.

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