Red Shirt insignia depicts the fate of all redshirts

Love this Ian Leino Red Shirt t-shirt design, whose Star Trek insignia bears a frank and unmistakable icon depicting the fate of all redshirts in the landing party.

(via Making Light)


  1. In the list of risk factors on the back they left out “transformed into a styrofoam cuboctahedron and crushed into dust” as happened to Yeoman Thompson (S2E22, “By Any Other Name”). Although technically I guess that was more of a red miniskirt.

  2. Actually, the blue shirts bought it almost just as often (“Man Trap” and “Galileo 7” spring to mind). Which makes sense, as they were scientists, not marines.

  3. So is it generally considered cool, in the legal sense (not in the philosophical sense where of course it’s cool), to sell designs like this?

    I’ve been working on some shirt designs myself, and have avoided making references (direct, as in this case, or more subtle) to pre-existing things – though I’ve had plenty of ideas, especially for Doctor Who designs.

    Also, Ian – where do you get your shirts printed (with gold metallic ink, no less) that you can sell them for $20?

  4. aaahh Obsession.  So many of them buy it.  Naughty vampire cloudy thing “60 cubic metres” “20 yards away” “I hesitated” (I didn’t die because I was intrinsic to the closing sequence demonstrating Kirk’s coolness).

  5. Franklin Ajaye used to do a routine about  that – he kind of combined the fate of red shirts with fate of black bit players or black side kicks.  Paraphrase:  The brother’s a cube. 

  6. This is a great design, and it would be even better if it was also available on a long-sleeved T-shirt, so as to look more like the actual shirts in Star Trek.

  7. Here’s hoping some Klingon-dictionary-weilding-psycho-nerd-fanatic doesn’t see someone wearing this shirt and give ’em a bat’leth to the head. (I think I’m still reeling from that Juggalo documentary I watched earlier — whoop, WHOOP!!).

  8. From an old Mad Magazine, sung to the tune of “Age of Aquarius”:

    When you’re traveling through the galaxy to distant worlds way past Mars
    Be sure that your adventures do not kill off your stars.
    And you can do it with a crew that’s expendable, a crew that’s expendable! Expendable! Expendable!
    Minor actors that you bring on perish when they meet a Klingon
    One-time players not seen later vanish in a planet’s crater.Those of us who try to aid them fail because the script has made them expendable!  Expendable!

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