I spent a lot of time searching for inexpensive ways to add a logo to my bass drum. I found an inexpensive way with adhesive vinyl. I am assembling what I learned and my method here, in one place, to help out the next guy. I will also discuss why I chose the methods I used. I am also willingly sharing my mistakes and some thoughts about how to avoid them.
Step 1: Create a Logo
First, create a logo. I used a couple of criteria to design the logo.
* The text and graphics must be clear and stylish and must be easy to apply on the drum
* The name must be very readable
* Simple blocky colors would be easier to cut and apply
I created the text with pencil and paper and our guitarist contributed the "rugged cross" graphic. I combined the two and chose a graphics program to create a scalable logo suitable for drums, banners, paper, business cards and so forth.
I actually chose the base font at a later stage, but it was very similar to the final font I chose. I tried several different fonts and asked many people for their opinion. This was by far the best looking and most well liked. Yes, I am aware how often Papyrus is used and, frankly, I believe this is the best design.