It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
I've seen a number of things that people do with heraldry, some of which are probably just a little bit out of the "mainstream." I mean, it's one thing to get a baseball cap or a tshirt with a coat of arms on it. (Goodness knows, I've got quite a decent little collection of both, the majority being heraldry of places I've visited.) But then there are those who want to take it one step further, and make it permanently wearable. For example ....
Which is all fine and good; I'm always glad to see people using heraldry, even if in some fashion that may not be something that I would do personally.
And then I recently ran across on-line the picture below, of a young man who must really, really like his heraldry.
Unfortunately, I've been unable to track down this coat of arms in any of the usual places (Burke, Papworth, Rietstap). I'm left with a lingering suspicion that he may have gotten the image from some bucket shop herald somewhere, which would be a shame. Because if you are going to do something like that to your back, it would be nice if it were a coat of arms which you were actually entitled to bear (or in this case, "bare").
Still, you have to admire his moxie for getting it done like that!