“By wearing a patch, its wearer advertises to others around him or her that there are certain things that he or she cannot speak about. His or her membership in the secret society is contingent upon keeping those secrets. Without a doubt, many members of the Black Ops world are proud of the secrets they hold, and the clandestine work they’ve done in the military or intelligence industries. But others struggle with the alienation that comes along with not being able to tell friends and family what one does for a living”
This quote’s taken from Trevor Paglen’s great resource and inspiration ‘I COULD TELL YOU BUT THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE DESTROYED BY ME’. He goes pretty deep, but he’s an expert on the subject. We’re just drawn to the art, symbolism and attitude.