READY FOR WAR, $13 ppd., 5½” x 8½”, fanzine booklet, 100 pgs.

Sep 26, 2018

The term “battle jacket” isn’t one I was immediately familiar with. It’s what the photographer of Ready for War calls a denim jacket or vest covered in patches, studs, pins, et cetera. In over one hundred photographs from 2013 to 2018 inside this glossy booklet, we see the backs of various punks and metalheads and their battle jackets. Seeing all the personalized jackets from pristine patches in a row, to faded and cracked paint pen-scrawled band names, they’re all so unique of each individual. I’ve always liked seeing people’s design choices (or lack thereof?) for the back of their vests and jackets, and these full color photos do not disappoint. The zine also includes two postcards with eight different battle jacket pictures on them. –Tricia Ramos (Ready for War, [email protected])