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When it comes to photographers that document the culture of Heavy metal, Peter Beste just might be in a class all of his own. What I respect about his work is that each project is driven by his passion for the subject and not by the dollar bill! His new unreleased book focuses on how important battle jackets are to Metal and Punk culture. I have nothing but love for Peter – it’s rad how he is traveling the world documenting some of the sickest battle jackets I have ever seen. This is our second preview of his soon to be released book…Check out what we had to say about Peter and his work in our first preview.


I’m a HUGE fan sewing patches on my vest and turning them into battle jackets. Also, I love watching my life partner/wife paint our leather jackets and turn them into pieces of wearable art! I also find enjoyment looking at how other metal heads or punks have taken the time to create their own versions of underground expression.Peter Beste is a photographer I respect on many different levels, one being the way he uses his camera to help expose the world to underground youth culture. He is now traveling the world taking photos of battlejackets for an upcoming and unfinished book, and today we’re bringing you a preview of what he is working on below…You never know, Peter might be in your city soon taking photos of your vest or leather jacket…


MDF 2016




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  1. Sarah Sachs

    June 11, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Jennifer Lee you’re like, the first pic 💘

  2. Mitchell Maclean

    June 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Tas Bainbridge

  3. Billy Bott

    June 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Isaac Davies

  4. Danny Bell

    June 10, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Alicia Altuski I haven’t even opened the link yet but look

  5. Luke J Ballantyne

    June 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Josh Bliesner

  6. Raquel Castillo

    June 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    It’s so awesome to see my vest at the bottom.

  7. Dos Santos

    June 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  8. Joseph Guzman

    June 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I think the term battle jacket is fucking stupid. It’s a vest.

    • Joe Cherry

      June 11, 2016 at 5:54 am

      Exactly. What’s the deal with vests anyway? Is it winter on my torso and summer on my arms? My jacket has my Free Patches collection. Anytime I get an awesome free patch, boom, on the jacket (jacket that has sleeves).

  9. Adrian Parsons

    June 10, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Holy shit balls, that’s me and my girlfriend in that picture! Didn’t even know Peter Beste was at MDF this year, but I did get my black metal vest photographed by him last year!

  10. Caleb Crittenden

    June 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

    My “battle jacket”

  11. Mackey Painting Contractors

    June 10, 2016 at 10:02 am

  12. Caleb Crittenden

    June 10, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Jake Previte

  13. Maurice Roy

    June 10, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Dan Gagné

  14. Lordero L Wutang

    June 10, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Alan Hammerlein you should get in on this list.

  15. sweetooth0

    June 10, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Holy shit that’s me in the header with the Zombie back patch!!!

  16. Caleb Anton Goding

    June 10, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Therese O’Shaughnessy !

  17. Ryan Fairfield

    June 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    That one with nothing but Slayer patches ruuuuules!

  18. Jason Barron

    June 10, 2016 at 6:35 am

  19. Joel Swoboda

    June 10, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Jason Barron

  20. Carlos Morales

    June 10, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Alex Tapia
    Raul Aguilar

  21. Max Weil

    June 10, 2016 at 5:38 am

    sickest battle jacket > varg patch eh ey yeah fuck off

  22. Adam J Jennings

    June 10, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Kurt Hinkes

  23. Benny Sella

    June 10, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Mine got burnt down by stupidity and a few days without sleep

  24. Phil Wall

    June 10, 2016 at 4:56 am

    He ain’t got mine, along with Robocop back patch 😀

  25. Ollie Walsh

    June 10, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Steeny Stanley

  26. Ivan Sanchez

    June 10, 2016 at 4:43 am

  27. Erik Bredthauer

    June 10, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Petes work is awesome…

  28. Chaise Flatt

    June 10, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Hell yes! I’m wearing my battle jacket I’m my profile pic! Great stuff!

  29. Merryn Western

    June 10, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Jonathan Wesson

  30. William Guedes

    June 10, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Stephen Palmer u r the battle jacket King

  31. James Grim Hall

    June 10, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Mitch Carli

    • Mitch Carli

      June 10, 2016 at 1:07 am

      getting this book for sure, i got his other Norwegian black metal one already

    • James Grim Hall

      June 10, 2016 at 1:07 am

      Mitch Carli Yeah when you were talking about it the other night sounded awesome

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