Having been obsessive patch collectors, traders and dealers for nearly ten years now, we want to make our own mark on the hobby.
Having been obsessive patch collectors, traders and dealers for nearly ten years now, our quest for rare and unusual examples has taken us across the world, as far as Thailand, Australia and China.
Throughout our travels, we have been disappointed to see the constant demand for what can only be considered, inappropriate material. We have discovered factories that routinely produce sew-on insignia for neo-nazis, KKK bigots and Blackwater mercenaries, and it is sad that these items still command such a strong market. To move away from this trend, we are planning to commission a design that goes beyond the usual militaristic emphasis that is prevalent in this fascinating hobby.
At the same time we hope to elevate the art of machine embroidery By commissioning more elegant and intricate designs, we will be exploring the limits of the latest and best computer controlled embroidery technology. The commemorative 2012 Mayan calendar patch will be produced on the most advanced equipment of its kind.
These machines are used to produce the work of the top designers in the world today. These include Wess Wessling, designer for the US Coastguard Service, and retired FBI Agent, Wayne Alexander, who now designs for the Secret Service, the CIA and the EPA. These guys produce some of the highest quality embroidered insignia on the planet, and we are very pleased to be using the same skilled manufacturers.
As you can see, the boldly colored detail on this 4 3/4" diameter patch is incredible. The original Sun Stone was commissioned by the sixth Aztec King, Axayacatl in 1479 AD, who had his royal craftsmen carve this iconic design onto an enormous basalt monolith, weighing well over twenty-five tons. This embroidered version is considerably less than that, but still manages to convey the beauty and mysticism of the original design. The exquisite gold adornments of the Sun God Tonatiuh in the very centre, bring his weathered, ancient portrait to life. Surrounding him, the four cosmogenic epochs are clearly visible in the highly accurate stitch work, as are the laterally placed claws, each clutching a beating, human heart. Directly below Tonatiuh, one either side of the chalchihuite amulet, the date reads 1 rain, 7 monkey. The encircling glyphs of the border represent the twenty days of the Tzolk'in (the actual calendar in this complex design), some of which, such as the dog and the rabbit, are surprising clear, despite the intriguingly abstract nature of the others.
Although many people are under the misconception that the completion of this calendar represents the end of the world, it is actually more a depiction of a change in cycles. With all the emerging conflicts, devastating climate change, and an antiquated financial system that seems bent on forcing ninety-nine percent of us into serfdom, it is easy to imagine that the end is nigh. Even so, it is important to understand that the Maya calender represents a new beginning, as well as an end. It is much easier to view the glass as half-full, when you consider the rapid rise of environmentalism, sustainability and permaculture.
As you can probably tell, we are really excited about the samples that we have received so far, being very pleased with the workmanship and detail. Computerized stitching machines have come a long way since the peace signs and smiley faces of the seventies. The calendar has an easy to use iron-on reverse, and looks great on jackets, jeans, schoolbags and rucksacks. I am looking forward to using mine to decorate my rather boring 'bag-for-life'. For the last month, the patch has been adorning my hiking coat.
While I was trekking through the Tibetan foothills, I was amazed at how many monks approached me, and asked me about what they thought to be a sacred mandala patch. I was pleased to explain that it was actually an ancient Mesoamerican time-keeping device. Still, this was the slopes of the high Himalayas, and I trust that the patch will be instantly recognizable on a continent much closer to home.
Needless to say, this is going to be a really hot item next year, and we have therefore arranged the rewards so that you can obtain multiple copies, just in case you want to get in on the Christmas and new year rush for these very special patches. At the same time, we are hoping that this will promote the fun hobby of patch collecting, and so, on the multiple rewards, we are including a free patch with every calendar, randomly selected from our trade bag. It might be a fire department insignia, or maybe national park emblem, but whatever it is, you can be 100% sure that it will not be a death's head or a burning cross.
Most of all, we want to be clear that this is not just a ploy for a couple of patch guys to increase their profits by leveraging the latest popular website. We already make good money out of this obscure hobby and want Kickstarter to add a whole new dimension to the project. For this reason, we would like to show our appreciation for your pledges, by making a pledge of our own. Our promise is to sink the profits of this project right back into Kickstarter. The Mayan calendar represents a new start in 2012, and so we pledge to support at least one Kickstarter project every week over the next year. Therefore you can be secure in the knowledge that by pre ordering a 2012 Maya calendar patch, that you will actually be supporting more than fifty Kickstarter ideas.
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Oct 26, 2011 - Nov 25, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Receive one of the very first 2012 Mayan Calendar patches as soon as they are completed, sent directly to your home, shipping and handling all included.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $10 or more
Receive one of the very first 2012 Mayan Calendar patches as soon as they are completed, sent directly to your home, shipping and handling all included. Also expect two free bonus patches randomly selected from our trade bag, again post free.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $20 or more
Receive three of the very first 2012 Mayan Calendar patches as soon as they are completed, sent directly to your home, shipping and handling all included, anywhere in the world. This should take care of at least a handful of Christmas and New Year gifts this year, as these commemorative patches make great present. Also expect three free bonus patches randomly selected from our trade bag, again post free. Use these to brighten up any old carry alls, shirts or shorts that have seen better days. Alternatively, you could use them as a starting point for getting involved in this great collecting hobby.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $50 or more
$50 dollars gets you a ten commemorative 2012 Mayan Calendar patches along with another ten bonus patches randomly selected from our trade bag, again post free anywhere in the world. This is what we call our basic patch collector starter kit. With this delivery you can kickstart a completely new collecting hobby. Think back to how much you enjoyed collecting as a youngster. It does not matter whether its stamps or baseball cards or priceless antiques, creating a new collection is always a very rewarding experience. If you would like to share that same experience as a special gift, then this is the pledge for you.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $100 or more
Look forward to receiving 25 commemorative 2012 Mayan Calendar patches along with another 25 bonus patches randomly selected from our trade bag, again post free anywhere in the USA. This works out at just 2 bucks a patch. We find that the very minimum price for good quality patches is 5 bucks a piece on eBay and so if you are an entrepreneur looking to double or triple your money on a small investment, then this is the pledge for you. This is your opportunity to jump aboard a nice little Christmas earner. Whether you are organizing a community fair, or you want to make these beautiful items available at your local farmers' market, these are great items that we think will sell like hot cakes in the next 12 months. If you can sell these high quality commemorative patches at ten bucks a piece, you will be clearing about a thousand dollars in profit. It does not matter whether you are on Craigslist, eBay or Taobao, 2012 is going to be constantly in the news for the next twelve months. The Mayan Calendar patches are going to be hot items as we enter 2012, and you can already see that 2012 related items are already selling quite well on eBay. We hope that you will come back in 2012 and reinvest some of that good fortune back into Kickstarter. As a product, patches are especially good for on-line and mail order sales. They need no special packaging, and you can just stick them in a regular envelope. They have absolutely no moving parts and therefore, impossible to break during transit, which means not a single return. Few people realize that patches actually increase in popularity during an economic downturn. Less people are willing to fork out for brand new items of clothing, but many do become much more thrifty, and decide to add a new lease of life to their existing wardrobe, just by decorating with a few colorful patches.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011