Wearing Starfleet Uniform Out in Public - Help

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  1. ST-TNG-FAN91

    ST-TNG-FAN91 Ensign Newbie

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    Hello.

    I recently purchased a Starfleet uniform VOY/DS9 issue - command division (in other words red) and it came with the com-bagde, rank pins, and all those Star Trek goodies!

    Now I want to show the world how much I love Star Trek and decided to wear my uniform out in public and wherever I go while occasionally flashing a Vulcan Salute at passersby.
    However it has been brought to my attention, and my concern that certain people who don't share my admiration for Star Trek might seek to cause me bodily harm.

    What steps can I take to ensure my safety while wearing a Starfleet uniform in public? Would caring a Type 2 Phaser with tell people I mean business if they mess with me?

    Thanks
     
  2. sbk1234

    sbk1234 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    In the unlikely event that this is a real question, my advice is just to wear it in public in situations in which a costume would be appropriate, such as a Halloween party or something. The fact that you're talking about carrying a phaser to show you "mean business" tells me that the thread is a joke.
     
  3. Chaos Descending

    Chaos Descending Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I think it would be much better, rather, to remember that although Star Trek was an awesome TV show, it was in fact just a TV show. It's not a way of life, or a religion, or a philosophy.

    Anyway who seriously wants to wear a Starfleet uniform out in public on a regular basis may need to be evaluated by a professional to see if maybe there is something else lacking in their life that they are trying to compensate for.

    In short, I think if you are serious, you'd better worry first about your own mental health than about getting beaten up because you are dressed like Captain Picard when you go to the store.
     
  4. ToddKent

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    Keep it on stun. Safety first.
     
  5. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

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    People will laugh at you if you wear that costume in public. It's not a uniform, it's a costume. You gotta remember that, please...

    Outside of Star Trek/sci-fi conventions or costume parties, there really isn't any other place you can safely wear that outside of your own home. I was tempted to shell out big bucks for a costume once or twice, but then I realized I really didn't go to enough places where I'd actually wear it, so I settled on a metal commbadge pin instead that I could wear on a jacket once in awhile. That's as far as I go to show my Trekkieness...
     
  6. ST-TNG-FAN91

    ST-TNG-FAN91 Ensign Newbie

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    Well, the phaser part was an attempt at humor but I am serious about what a general public response would be to some nerd walking into a grocery store and such dressed like Picard.

    My mental heath is functioning within normal parameters but I am seriously lacking a "social" life and for me Star Trek has filled that void.
     
  7. Admiral James Kirk

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    Why would anybody wear a Starfleet uniform out in public? Why would anybody beat you up for it? This makes no sense.
     
  8. startrekrcks

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    This is funny reading this you must be a trek geek not to worry I am a Trekkie as well but I wouldn't go out all the time wearing a Star Trek female uniform I am a female fan,
     
  9. Kelso

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    Don't wear pants. The uniform won't seem nearly as odd once they get a look at your "phaser."
     
  10. TheGodBen

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    There's a very simple solution: instead of wearing a uniform, have the pattern of the uniform tattooed onto you body! Now I know what you're thinking, "But what about my genitals?!" Don't worry, they can tattoo that too, and you'll be able to pee again in 6 weeks.

    I hope this helps. :)


    (On the off-chance that the OP was serious: DON'T WEAR A BLEEDIN' COSTUME IN PUBLIC!!)
     
  11. Kelso

    Kelso Vice Admiral Admiral

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    The tattoo isn't even necessary. Google "Star Trek body paint". :techman:
     
  12. 22 Stars

    22 Stars Commodore Commodore

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    There are plenty of geek-chic trek t-shirts and stuff to pimp yourself out Trek style, with out wearing the full on uniform. But i say if it's something you want to try, then just do it, and let us know your experiences.

    We all remember the woman featured in Trekkies who wears her uniform, and even wore it for Jury Duty.
     
  13. hofner

    hofner Commodore Commodore

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    There's one thing for sure when you wear a Starfleet uniform in public:

    You don't have to bother with carrying condoms.

    Robert
     
  14. Admiral James Kirk

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    What if he looks like Chris Pine?
     
  15. plynch

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    An acquaintance of mine wore one a bit as a student at his community college. It went o.k. for him. Opened up discussions. Nobody came close to violence. He has a significant other, by the way, for those of you joking about that. She is a lovely person, not really into Trek, but she thought it was neat he wore something for a reason rather than being a mindless consumer sheep sporting some prominent clothing brand or sports team logo.

    I think you all are too sensitive about being thought weird and are trying to build a hedge around all Trekkers by discouraging behavior you think will cause others to think we're all weird. Let it go. People are gonna think what they think about us regardless if STTNG wears a uni.

    Someone above recommended a uni/costume wearer needs his or her mental health checked. I'd agree IFF he/she actually thought he/she were actually in Starfleet. As to compensating for subconscious stuff, we all do that in different ways, now, don't we?

    Back to the OP, you'll probably be fine. It could conceivably hold back your options in life a bit. Don't wear it to a job interview. Be well.
     
  16. plynch

    plynch Commodore Commodore

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    You mean the woman who held a job, paid her taxes, was liked by her coworkers and believed that she should be doing good for others? Yeah, I remember her well.

    Sorry for the back to back post. Couldn't help it.
     
  17. TheGodBen

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    Body paint comes off in the shower, even all-weather paint will come off after a few years, and it cracks in the underarm region after only a few days. The full body tattoo should last a good bit longer, and it has the bonus of killing any possibility of reproduction.

    Yes, instead he bought a uniform from an overly commercialised television show which became so big that it stopped being a show and it became a franchise. A franchise full of overpriced merchandise, such as novelty mugs, Captain Picard mouse-mats, and fictional uniforms.
     
  18. sbk1234

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    You mention that Star Trek has filled the void of lacking a social life. Just a suggestion, but Star Trek could be used as a way to enhance a social life. For example, there are a lot of nice people here on the boards, and elsewhere who share the same interest. Perhaps a meet up, if there are others here in your city. There are fan clubs, conventions, etc. My best friend and I met in 1986 at a sci-fi convention. Just a thought.
     
  19. ST-TNG-FAN91

    ST-TNG-FAN91 Ensign Newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your recommendations. I feel better and more confident about going out in public wearing my Starfleet uniform. It's a really nice one too. I paid around $300 for it and now I'm broke.


    I once did go to a Sci Fi/Linux convention but I was so dorky and socially awkward that people like the dude in the Tux Starfleet costume were like "NERD!!!!!"

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    Somehow I manage to turn any social situation into something unbearably awkward. :confused:
     
  20. Sector 7

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    ^Unfortunately, wearing a Star Trek costume in public will not improve your overall social acceptance. JUST BE YOURSELF. Eventually you will find others who like you FOR YOURSELF, rather than because you do or do not wear a costume every day.