The Society of Cool!
smaller military patches were popular but i think the whole larger patch thing was more when mod moved north to lancashire and yorkshire when the london scene faded .
it probably is a more scooterboy thing
beer towels with your local brewery to identify your region at a scooter run were popular i believe .
patches on parkas became big again when mod was the bandwagon to jump on in 79/80
its not a look i'd want to replicate today though
As far as I can remember there were no ready made "Mod" patches in the 1960's.
As we got our parkas and safari jackets from army surplus shops we did get old cloth army badges and insignia at the same time to decorate them.
You could get those touristy linen badges , usually flags or football club crests as well. Town/County crests were popular, most of us had Surrey crests on one arm , but as Mike said , they were'nt mod badges , just a bit of personalisation and identification. There were the usual Lambretta/Vespa patches,plenty of Biro and paintwork wasn't unusual. everyone knew we were mods anyway.
Some Mods I knew from Stoke used to have badges with the Motown, Ric Tic, or Verve logos sewn onto their suit jacket breast pockets in 67, as badges were,nt available then commercially, they were the epitome of coolness back then, one of their nans used to embroider them, they were great, but I could never get hold of one, as far as my Parka went, I Painted CANNOCK MODS on the back in paint with a stencil, it looked pretty good, and I had a Wolverhampton Wanderers badge sewn on one pocket as well, I Swapped it in the end for the THIS IS SOUL album to a West Brom fan! With so many badges now available, I,m not too keen on them anymore, but I am old!!
talking of suit jacket top pockets Paul , there was a period in the Home Counties where we wore black blazers with our initials embroidered in gold weave, again that had to be done by the military tailor where you bought the blazer usually,that was around 69-70 Smoothie days,looked good I always thought and have done the very same yet again lol
I reckon all the Wolves guys had a picture of 'Knocker' sewn on their parka's mate ;-)
Mod badges,patches,flags on Parkas, were very popular in the revival, less so now. I had quite a few on my first parka, badges...see my old collection in my fotos! Mod patches, The Jam, The Who, Union Jacks n Targets, beer towels. Military sew on badges,cords,shoulder rank badges.
I have only one sew on badge Lambretta (I ride one!) to cover over the front standard US Army badge, these days!
I remember we used to go to a scouts suppliers in Hanwell and get striped small hanging colours that the scouts used under their turndowned socks, we used them on the eppulets of the parka's and like most area' we had our town name painted on the back ie:- EALING MODS' trouble was we all looked the same Lol