We all start somewhere, and my starting point was RED HERO.
RH was the the spark of creativity derived from a want to make the coolest thing ever, and an idea from the vest’s owner, Chad Meadows. We both wanted to create something interesting, unique, and something that screamed ‘heroic’. Thus, we came to RED HERO…
Along the shoulder is a torn up secondary layer of blue Denim with scattered studs. I wanted to create a mantle and have it represent a cape in some regards. The end result gave us one of the coolest designs I have seen on a vest.
The armored left lapel was something we found from a pinterest pin. When we found it, Chad immediately exclaimed, “Thats got to go on there”. And on it went. It adds some weight to the vest but is surprisingly mobile.
A cool design I always wanted to try became the bottom panel: what I call an ‘Under-patch’. Cut up from an old shirt and laced through some eyelets, the Marvel Comics logo can be just seen enough to give people the “ultimate fan” feel.
There are several other components to the vest, but the one that speaks volumes is the back patch. What was once an old shirt belonging to Chad, became the crown of this project. The powerful image you receive of the front side is topped by the reverse side; several of Marvel’s top heroes leaping into action.
We walked away from this project knowing those heroes are going to tell the tale of this garment.
OVERALL TIME TO COMPLETE - 2 Weeks MODEL - Chad Meadows (Owner)
002 - HAUNTING HOUR
A project born from the Ouija board; bringing together designs from various cultures and ideals into one kick-ass jacket.
The entire back was modeled off of the standard Ouija board, utilizing a planchette, located on the upper breast of the right side. The entirety of the back section was hand drawn and stitched.
Attempting to mimic the constellations, the collar is an array of studs being linked by various threads. The overall idea of was to keep “the weight of the universe upon your shoulders.” A similar concept was applied to the cuffs, minus the constellations.
Both arms are joined by matching hand sewn patches of “La Lune” and “La Sol”. Two heavily utilized symbols within the occult. This helped keep the universal symbolism to the upper section of the body. The patches were an absolute blast to create.
Lastly, the major thing is the lower panel on the right side. Taken from a collage of several different occult items, it brings the entire jacket together in a way that shows its true origin. Adorned by runes, snakes, bones, and given the light of candles, this is the piece that solidifies the jacket.
In the end, this jacket remains one of my favorite projects.
Overall Time to complete - Three Weeks Model - Liz Ruthrauff
003 - FUKUSHIMA BOMBER
There has always been this hidden love of Japanese Kanji in my imagination. I find the script beautiful and unique. So, when creating FUKUSHIMA BOMBER, I wanted to bring that into the forefront of the design. Personally, I think the result gave this jacket the breath of life that has been able to turn heads.
Initially designed with a ‘cyber’ like design, I quickly realized how cool of a jacket this would be if I just dialed it back a century or two from the future and settled on the 60’s-70’s racing jacket. It was risky, but things worked out the way I wanted. I like to call this jacket “The jacket of firsts” because I did so many new things with this.
First, the “black-out” section on the shoulder. I went into this blind as a bat. Without any direction of what I was doing, I just jumped into it. There’s a small error on the backside of the shoulder, but we wont get into that. topped with a grey stripe across and a Japanese Toyota Racing Patch, its incredibly eye-catching.
Next the arm stripes. These were nervewracking. I dont think I have ever sewn something that well before. The effort shows, and I couldn’t be prouder. I had found the top-rocker design off of something on Pinterest and made some slight modifications to it. Using my techniques, I transferred it to canvas and stitched it between the shoulders. It gives the jacket an almost Akira look.
This has taken the cake as one of my most unique jackets. And of course, with something this cool… I had to give it to the coolest person I know: My girlfriend.
TIME TO COMPLETE: 3 Weeks OWNER: Alison Wyza
004 - WARCHIEF REGALIA
Do you ever just look at something and go, “Yea, that needs more spikes and bones...” ? Welcome to the birth of my craziest piece, WARCHIEF REGALIA.
Now the owner of 2 of my projects, Chad and I hit the books for some ideas. Chad is an avid World of Warcraft fan, and a Horde Faction player (much like myself back in the day). So when I approached him for an idea of a new Horde themed jacket, his eyes lit up, and we got to work.
To clear some of the confusion, Yes, those bones are real. Why would I use real bones on a jacket? Call it being a madman, if you will. It was something I wanted to experiment with, and I believe it lent the jacket the base of the look for the Horde.
As you can see in one of the pictures, the armor on the shoulder was initially meant to have Fur between it and the jacket. but, due to sizing and strange proportions, we cut that part out. I find the overall product to be better.
The most interesting part about this project was the “leather” straps. I utilized a faux suede and some nylon straps to create a fake leather strap and used that on several parts of the jacket. The studs gave it the bolted in vibe.
This project was finished right before BlizzCon. If it had fit me, I would have brought it to the convention, but, I figured Chad would be the one to wear it when we go next year.
TIME TO COMPLETE: 4 Weeks OWNER: Chad Meadows
005 - DOOMBRINGER MANTLE
Do you ever have a project that just seems to cool to be real?
I can fully say that with Doombringer Mantle, it is very real. The first non-denim project I’ve worked on, this jacket is a mixture of a canvas blend and pure badass.
Starting with those studs, (I called them Rollo studs) across the shoulder. The studs add so much weight to the jacket, my model almost looks like he’s shrugging the jacket off in the pics. But in all honesty, its just that heavy. He was a real trooper taking those pics with me in a blizzard. Thanks, Andrew.
I think my favorite part of this jacket is the arm. When I had the idea for what I wanted to do, I needed to incorporate Hellboy’s signature stone-arm into it. That involved building an arm from scratch and sewing it into the jacket. Needless to say, it was quite the job. But I was able to handle it.
Unfortunately, the total time on this jacket took much longer than I would have liked. Racking in at a month and a half, and all of it was due to the back patch. The initial back patch was to be made out of a shirt with an original Mike Mignola piece. Sadly, after 1 month of shipping through Russia only to have the shirt be super pixelated and made of horrific grade cotton, I had to think of something. Thankfully, I was able to grab this awesome Hellboy shirt that matched the motif and went with that. I think it came together well.
Lastly: The hieroglyphs. The jacket’s owner, Ariel, wanted something Egyptian thrown on it. Not knowing if Hellboy ever had an Egyptian adventure, I hand sketched some of her favorites and tried to give it a feel like they belonged on the jacket.
This was a fun piece and inspired me to go big or go home with my project: CHAOS ENVOY. Thank you Ariel! I hope you enjoy.
OVERALL TIME TO COMPLETE: One and a Half Months MODEL: Andrew Dolan OWNER: Ariel Reid
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