Back in the day – no denim-clad headbanger’s jacket was complete without a cloth back patch. Essentially, patched up metal-heads were a gang – all unified against the popular and accepted forms of music of the day. I recall – when Blackie Lawless did his in-store at Sydney’s Utopia in late ’85 – seeing a lot of guys sporting identical Lawless back patches. Looked pretty darn cool from memory. Some other fan showed up with saw blades on his arms – that story another time. For me, it had to be Kiss – no contest. The rest of my jacket was smaller Kiss patches/buttons, so – it was a simple decision to have Gene and Paul proudly displayed on my shoulders. But those large WASP back-patches – which displayed a sinister looking – blood dripping Blackie – were something to reckon with. A distant time – when loud rock n roll mattered – and heavy metal was the law…..and if you have never heard the early WASP albums, do so. Their self-titled record from 1984 was cut loud – and when played loud – still smokes all opponents….(‘Sleeping In The Fire’ anyone ? Man, that is fiery rock n roll at its very best). Having Lawless in town – my town – was indeed the stuff of teenage heavy metal worship. He was on my walls – on my stereo – in my head big time. I idolized that cat….it ain’t often you get to meet your rock hero when still a teenager – but I did. Here’s to you Blackie Lawless – and to one of the most striking rock n roll back patches ever produced.