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How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?
Very little flash. Black and grey are ideal for fading into the night.
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There should be some flash. Heroes always have color!
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So much flash that its FAB-U-LOUS!
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PostSubject: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Sun May 12, 2013 11:59 pm

There seems to be two schools of thought on this. Some folks think that uniforms should be dark, others think that there should be a fair amount of color.

No matter what you choose, be sure to tell us why!
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Mon May 13, 2013 12:02 am

I've always been a supporter of a reasonable amount of flash. It's a great way to direct force towards a certain area (like the most protected) and it makes you stand out as being a superhero.

Dressing in black isn't terrible, but I find that the cops tend to want to know what you're up to. Give them a little flash of color and they'll ignore you.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Mon May 13, 2013 12:06 am

I vote = Very little flash. Black and grey are ideal for fading into the night
The reason for the is that I prefer not to be see unless I have to act to black and gray it is for me
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Mon May 13, 2013 12:11 am

I voted for the first option. Even though I mainly use black and green, since those colors work for me.

I think my real answer would be somewhere in between that and the 2nd option. I personally prefer darker colors, but with other colors with it.

The colors on the outside work best when reflecting who we are. What colors we like best and are fitting to who we are as heroes.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Mon May 13, 2013 12:20 am

I want to point out that a definite colored symbol or a colored area will draw attention to those you come across. If you wear a bulletproof vest and have a logo drawn upon it (or placed over it if its under your suit), then you'll have a greater chance of having blows be right there (whether or not its shooting or a fist fight).
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Mon May 13, 2013 1:28 am

That is true. People who shoot naturally aim to the brightest spot.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Tue May 14, 2013 11:29 am

People call me flashy and colorful
However my outfit is all white and black
When they ask me how I do that
Let's just say I'm set out to scare crimminals
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Tue May 14, 2013 5:41 pm

i am going with red but i am going for a darker red then regular red

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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Tue May 14, 2013 6:36 pm

Number three. I feel being a superhero is about being a rolemodel, the more positivie, fun attention you can get the more positive a change you can make by spreading your message and being avery observable and noticable rolemodel. It's a marketing descision, and your advertising a new way to be human. At least for me. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Wed May 15, 2013 4:50 am

"I have a dream that superheroes will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their uniform but by the content of their character." -Martin Luther King VII

LOL! I had to.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Wed May 15, 2013 3:03 pm

Those who work in the Night shouldn't worry about flash, it's an unnecessary element that doesn't need to be addressed. The only flash that needs to be addressed is the amount of speed it takes to nail a perpatrator and then disappear into the Night.


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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Wed May 15, 2013 4:39 pm

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Those who work in the Night shouldn't worry about flash, it's an unnecessary element that doesn't need to be addressed. The only flash that needs to be addressed is the amount of speed it takes to nail a perpatrator and then disappear into the Night.


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I don't quite agree. A highly reflective logo could save your life. It could help distinguish you from the bad guys, it might save you from being hit by a car, and it can give the bad guys a place to focus on (I say this with the thought that you have some heavy duty protection behind the logo). If you get any press, then people are naturally more receptive to someone wearing color than straight black. I'm not saying "go wear a blaze orange jumpsuit". I'm just saying "don't be afraid to have some color accents".


Here's something I grabbed from a Color Psychology site.

Think of this as more of a beginning guide to color psychology.
Color Psychology: The Color White


  • purity
  • innocence
  • cleanliness
  • sense of space
  • neutrality
  • mourning (in some cultures/societies)

Color Psychology: The Color Black


  • authority
  • power
  • strength
  • evil
  • intelligence
  • thinning / slimming
  • death or mourning

Color Psychology: The Color Gray


  • neutral
  • timeless
  • practical

Color Psychology: The Color Red


  • love
  • romance
  • gentle
  • warmth
  • comfort
  • energy
  • excitement
  • intensity
  • life
  • blood

Color Psychology: The Color Orange


  • happy
  • energetic
  • excitement
  • enthusiasm
  • warmth
  • wealth prosperity
  • sophistication
  • change
  • stimulation

Color Psychology: The Color Yellow


  • happiness
  • laughter
  • cheery
  • warmth
  • optimism
  • hunger
  • intensity
  • frustration
  • anger
  • attention-getting

Color Psychology: The Color Green


  • natural
  • cool
  • growth
  • money
  • health
  • envy
  • tranquility
  • harmony
  • calmness
  • fertility

Color Psychology: The Color Blue


  • calmness
  • serenity
  • cold
  • uncaring
  • wisdom
  • loyalty
  • truth
  • focused
  • un-appetizing

Color Psychology: The Color Purple


  • royalty
  • wealth
  • sophistication
  • wisdom
  • exotic
  • spiritual
  • prosperity
  • respect
  • mystery

Color Psychology: The Color Brown


  • reliability
  • stability
  • friendship
  • sadness
  • warmth
  • comfort
  • security
  • natural
  • organic
  • mourning (in some cultures/societies)

Color Psychology: The Color Pink


  • romance
  • love
  • gentle
  • calming
  • agitation
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Wed May 15, 2013 7:20 pm

Raven wrote:
Color Psychology: The Color Green


  • money
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Wed May 15, 2013 7:52 pm

Ironic words coming from an individual who models themselves after a black bird... Smile


I do concede about not looking like a threat to the general public, but i'm not in this for a fashion critique by others. The suit i will use is a projection of who I am and with much time and effort, will get the job done. In my opinion, something flashy on a uniform meant for working in the dark would be nothing short of putting a target on your back or sending up a flare, and in this line of work, that wouldn't be a good idea.

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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Tue May 21, 2013 11:25 pm

It depends on what you want to do. If you are a public hero/activist you can easily go with flash. I refer to captain ozone here. If you are an angle grinder man the flash works. Some suits should fade into the background.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Wed May 22, 2013 1:08 am

Yeah red means good things expect for blood but my symbol has blood in it so that works

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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu May 23, 2013 12:13 am

Whoa....Blue and Yellow describe me perfectly, and I wasn't even aware of the psychology of colors when choosing my color scheme! (Yes, some of the traits are a bit less desirable; what can I say; I'm an honest, self-aware realist haha. XD)

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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu May 23, 2013 12:58 am

DarkShadow wrote:
Ironic words coming from an individual who models themselves after a black bird... Smile


I do concede about not looking like a threat to the general public, but i'm not in this for a fashion critique by others. The suit i will use is a projection of who I am and with much time and effort, will get the job done. In my opinion, something flashy on a uniform meant for working in the dark would be nothing short of putting a target on your back or sending up a flare, and in this line of work, that wouldn't be a good idea.

DarkShadow Rising...

If you have ever seen a raven you would know that they can often have a blue or purple shine to their feathers. Often, in paintings and illustrations, ravens are again colored with blues and purples.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu May 23, 2013 1:27 pm

Now that I think about it....your right. Ravens DO have dark, shiny colors that accent their black feathers.

I stand corrected.


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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu May 23, 2013 3:21 pm

There are different kinds of "flashy".

I'm all for making things look good. That can be done using a cool outfit, but it also means a lot what shape you're in. Are you are slim female in a tight dark suit with sexy curves? That's flashy! That'll twist some heads.

Looking good means a lot for the overall image of the community. Looks sell.
Being able to say something intelligent when the media interviews you, means a reinforcement of that positive image the good looks gave us.

The outfit, no matter what state it's in (good looking, or terrible home made from bedroom sheets), is in my opinion supposed to make the statement: Look! Something is seriously wrong with the world, and apparently it requires a superhero before anything is done about it. No one else seems to be doing anything.

Something like that.

If the outfit is flashy and cool and sexy and hot and so forth, then that statement will get a lot more listeners.

BUT - this is a huge community, and it's not everyone's task to make that statement. Some of you has chosen to lurk in the dark and stay hidden - and that's fine too. Everything is fine, whatever and however you choose to engage yourself in our common mission.

.....but if possible, you should still make it look cool. ;-)
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu May 23, 2013 6:52 pm

While I don't think the looks should be the #1 most important thing - image, fame, popularity - not ingredients of heroism - BUT - I do think that they can at times be a bonus to heroes in helping people pay attention more to what we have to say. Unfortunately, that can also lead to distractions as well.

I always liked it best when there was a good balance of weird interesting personalities and friendly people who take the patrolling thing and heroism seriously.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu May 23, 2013 10:05 pm

Squeege man did it the best.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu May 23, 2013 10:21 pm

He was funny. I miss Squeegeeman.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Fri May 24, 2013 6:05 am

I was going to ask if he was still around.
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PostSubject: Re: How Flashy Is The Ideal Uniform?   Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:37 am

I haven't squeegee-heard from him in years.
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