READY FOR WAR: THE FLORIDA EDITION, $8, 8½” x 11”, glossy color, 50 pgs.

Dec 10, 2019

Battle jackets are the name for sleeveless vests (often of the denim variety) covered in patches that represent various social and political causes as well as bands. This is photographer Adel Souto’s second foray into capturing these pieces of apparel. These images were taken around Adel’s hometown of Miami as well as at The Fest in Gainesville, Fla. I’m so glad the photos are in color and glossy, as it allows the reader to get the full depth of what the vests look like. There are a wide range of styles and colors as well as bands that are advertised here. While I don’t own a battle jacket, I found these to be fascinating to view, as each of them gives off a bit of the personality of the wearer. It would’ve been interesting to interview the owners of the jackets, too, and find out why they like them and chose to place certain patches on the jackets. Still, an interesting concept and worth checking out if you’re into this sort of thing. –Kurt Morris (