Craft & Design


The New York Times has an article up about Trevor Paglen’s book I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon’s Black World, which highlights the patches worn on the uniforms of “secret military units [and] classified Pentagon programs.” I’d love to work at that embroidery shop! Via Core77.

8 thoughts on “Occult Military Patches

  1. Doesn’t walking around with a patch proclaiming yo to be in a “sekrit” squadron defeat the whole purpose?

  2. If you do a search on cafepress for “squadron” or “regiment,” you can find a lot of organizational patches from the US Military. Bizarre doesn’t even begin to explain most of them.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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