I was one of THOSE kids.
I had the uniform: jeans, concert shirt, hightops, leather jacket, but most important:
a jean jacket - sleeves cut off and frayed - with patches.
Of course all the patches were Heavy Metal bands.
Back then a GI Joe patch wouldn't have cut it. It was Slayer, King Diamond, Celtic Frost; although I would have loved to have a Joe patch .....
The most important patch was the backpatch. It was a giant billboard for your musical taste and let everyone know it.
Now, just about everyone had a Metallica patch. But this one is the one I wore:
I loved this patch. Because of my superior sewing skills this one rotated with Slayer, but I always came back to this one. Not being the typical fare that was found in my area, this patch was different. Image aside, which is beautiful, the colors and detail are striking. Only a Manowar patch would have supplanted this one which was unfortunately never available.
Back then you had to go to the Flea Market or a small retailer like "T-Shirts n Stuff" to find these. No eBay. This style of dress wasn't exactly marketed back then either .......