Our resident patch expert and customer service extraordinaire Jeremy (AKA Chief Packing Minion) has written this weeks blog post all about his journey customising and jackets and clothing.
Hi, Jeremy here. I work at Jubly-Umph, and if you've ever sent an email to Jubly-Umph I was most likely the person who emailed you back with a 'sorry, I'll fix that up right now' message.
So, this week we've got some new patches coming out, and I am here to explain to you why 'putting a patch on it' and crafting your own punk jacket (or bag, or shoes...) is such a great thing to do (and you have to do it yourself: DIY or Die!)
And I'll also be sharing a few sneak peaks for the new Jubly-Umph embroidered patch designs.
When I'm not at Jubly-Umph, I play in a punk/ska band called 'The Resignators', so it probably goes without saying that I'm a patch enthusiast: It kinda goes with the territory when you're in a band (especially a punk band.)
Jeremy with the Resignators (4th from left)
There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a shiny new jacket evolve over the years as you gradually add bits and pieces to it as you get them. Each patch, pin, stud, and even rip, morphs that jacket into a wearable reminder of where you've been and what you did there.
It also gradually starts to reflect other more personal things about you to anyone who cares to look, including perhaps your political stances, music tastes, even hobbies: It all depends on what you sew, pin, or craft onto it.
My jacket started as a plain, black denim Vivienne Westwood that I luckily found at Savers in Brunswick for $35.00 about 8 years ago. Since then it's been on tour to Canada (twice!), the UK, Europe, and Japan, as well as been on stage at innumerable sweaty punk gigs in Australia. I've picked up patches and lapel pins from bands we supported, bands who supported us, towns we visited and festivals we played there. I've got patches from a scooter rally we played in the UK, I've got badges from night clubs we played in Germany, and lapel pins that came with extremely limited edition re-issues of very obscure industrial noise art records that I bought.
There's even a pink 'Stay Weird' Jubly-Umph heart on there.
That's me standing in the middle of the group in Osaka somewhere, when we were on our way to have dinner before a show that night. Its a rare one of me standing still, all the rest of the photos I'm jumping around and dancing and you can't see the patches!
Here's my top tips for attaching patches:
- Position your patch prior to ironing and to find the perfect spot
- Set your iron to hot and run it over the patch until it sticks firmly in place
- Check to make sure it is on securely. Some materials work better than others with the glue.
- For extra security add a few stitches around the edges of the patch. I always do this with my jacket as the material is quite thick.
New Jubly-Umph Patches Dropping This Week!
This week we've got a few new patches dropping on Thursday the 23rd at midday. They're a mix of designs but they're all great, and will give that boring-jacket-you're-kinda-sick-of a new lease of life. Go on and give it a try. It's definitely a long-term project, but the end result will be completely unique, and yours.
Do you have a customised jacket or bag that you love? I would love to hear about it in the comments!