About Patches O'Toole
Hi, my name is Aengus Ryan and I would like to welcome you to the online store for my BJJ label ‘Patches O’Toole’.
Let me give you a little bit of background on the brand to give you an idea of what it’s all about. I created Patches O’Toole with the idea that I would start making cool patches for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I opened the company when I was living in sunny Sydney, but these days I'm in London (less sunny). I'm originally from Ireland hence the kind of Irish twist to the name, I'm the one 2nd from the right amongst these reprobates pictured here.
I noticed over the years that most of the non academy patches in BJJ were pretty lame. The kind of ‘tap or snap’ things, that really are more MMA related than BJJ. I wanted to bring a bit of class to the patches we wear, working with some awesome illustrators from all over the world to bring together a collection of designs that you would be proud to have sewn onto your gi.
For most of us BJJ has become pretty much part of our lifestyle. I wanted to incorporate other elements of our lives (music, nationality, religion etc etc) and tie them in with Jiu Jitsu to create designs that people would be far more passionate about wearing. Design was paramount, but I also wanted to make sure that what we were producing was really high quality.
If you have suggestions for a patch you would love to see, by all means, send it in, I would love to hear from you. We have now also begun designing logos for BJJ schools and companies related to Jiu Jitsu, which is pretty cool. In the mean time I hope you like what Patches O’Toole is doing and I can’t wait to see our patches on the mats.