Hand Painted JacketsWWII Spearhead M65 Field Jacket, Wearable Art

$3600

Description

My inspiration for this Spearhead M65 Field Jacket came from my idols who are either the greatest from art history or incredible modern military artists. They always told a story and storytelling has been a passion of mine since I can remember. As my canvas, I used a vintage Spearhead M65 field jacket from the Vietnam war. I decided to keep the topic by painting about the famous WWII 3rd Armored Division. My goal for this project, was to keep everything as rugged as possible, while telling the story of the Spearhead. Again, I’m not into perfect art, otherwise I would rather use machines. My painting, ribbons, buttons and patches were all made by hand and hand painted. This is a one a kind piece and I won’t make another like it!

 

About the Painting On The M65 field jacket

It was very important to capture the cold and roughness of the Battle of the Bulge. Through my long research, I came across scenes of Sherman tanks from the 3rd Armored Division driving through snowy roads. So, I had a clear scene in mind and I was ready to jump on Photoshop to draw a mockup sketch. Once I was satisfied with the scene, I traced it on a white painted rectangle on the jacket.

The painting process took about two weeks. I had issues with certain details, but at the end everything came out the way I wanted.

At the bottom right corner, there’s a destroyed Tiger tank, where a US Army tank crew member is helping the convoy avoid the wreck. Finally, I added a symbol of a torn apart Nazi flag as reminder that that idea is still out there lingering trying to get new followers. But united, we can always keep that darkness as a simple torn flag.

Putting titles in the back of the jacket is a must to englobe the painting. It would look cooler, especially fashionable!  I made sure to make “Spearhead” and “3rd Armored Division” titles balanced in size

The font that I used is my own 88th Co. font.

You can also clearly see the two P-47 Thunderbolt flying high in the sky. They were extremely helpful as air support during the Battle of the Bulge. It’s one of my top favorite aircraft!

 

Hand painted Ribbons and Patches

The ribbons are made from a thick fabric and glued into a hand painted black leather. The pins were also glued to the leather.

 

These are the WW2 medal I put on this jacket:

The Purple heart, American Campaign military ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, European-African, Middle Eastern Campaign, ruptured duck and the Presidential Unit Citation.

I hand painted two US ARMY collar disk. One with the US initials and the second is a WW1 tank that describes the Armored force.

On the left sleeve has three hand painted patches:

The 3rd Armored Division, Spearhead patch in full color.

The Staff sergeant patch, with the ww2 color combination.

Three overseas stripes (18 months. Each stripe is equal to 6 months in a combat zone).

On the right sleeve:

The Staff sergeant patch, with the ww2 color combination.

 

Hand Painted Labels

Both the field jacket and the liner have a printed label with the 88th Company serial number and name of the Spearhead  and the 3rd Armored Division.

On the liner, the hand printed patch was sewed to the liner. The fabric of the patch on the liner is from a vintage organic cotton bag. At 88th Company, my entire team and I, love to reuse vintage fabrics.

Even the labels for the jackets are unique. I printed the paper labels with the Spearhead 3rd Armored Division logo. The labels were aged and weathered  by hand, because at 88th Company we can do anything!

About the Vintage by John Ownbey Co Inc Military Authentic M65 Field Jacket, Spearhead 3rd armored division, 1974 and Liner

This M-65 is from 1974. You can see it on the tag: DSA-(74)-C-1415. This M-65 was made by John Ownbey Co. Inc, which, likes Alpha, made many apparel for the military during the cold and post war.

The zipper is a beautiful 100% authentic, with its original strap. The zipper for the hoodie pooch is original too.

There are a few small damages, please make sure to look at the pictures and contact me for further questions.

The original liner is included.

 

Hand Painted Packaging

Packaging is the last and most important part of the design process. Since all my items are all hand painted, it’s only natural to have the same method applied to its packaging.
On a beautiful large brown bag, I spray paint the 88th Company logo on a custom stencil. After inserting the custom item inside the bag, it is folded and closed with a vintage twine string. Finally, like a top secret letter, the string knot is sealed with a custom wax seal.

 

Certificate

Each one of kind piece will come with a certificate personally signed by me and with its serial number. It is a proof that your item is a unique art piece, that no one will ever have! The certificate itself is hand aged and your name your will be written by hand in Japanese ink. 88th Company goes the extra mile to give you the most personally customized service.

 

Free Shipping

This item receives free shipping anywhere around the world through DHL express. However, taxes may apply from your country’s customs. So please, make sure to contact your local customs for informations.

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