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I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost!

Are you bored with your life?
Are you tired of the same old routine?

Have you or any of your family ever been troubled by a spook, specter or ghost?

If the answer is yes, then don't wait another minute.
You too can have an exciting, rewarding career as a GHOSTBUSTER!

For four people who liked to have fun while working, the “No-Ghost” symbol and its use was something the Ghostbusters took very seriously. The ghost surrounded by a red ‘NO’ symbol was originally designed for the film production in 1983 by the original art director for the prestigious "National Lampoon" magazine, Michael C. Gross. If you lived through the summer of '84 it's likely that you wore that symbol at some point, you couldn't miss it. The symbol was everywhere; from collectible glasses to t-shirts and patches.  

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Our Classic GHOSTBUSTERS uniform patch was recreated using reference and measurements taken from the original uniforms seen on-screen in Ivan Reitman's dramatization of the crew’s first paranormal adventure, "Ghostbusters". We studied the screen used patches which are still sewn to the original costume jumpsuits worn by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd along with the original surviving uniform name tags. What we found was that no two patches looked alike as they had all been hand-stitched back in 1983. The embroidery was irregular with a loose stitch typical of patches made on manually operated embroidery machines. Another discovery we made was that the Ghost's "body" in the logo was not embroidered at all, but in fact white felt similar to what was used in vintage varsity letterman patches.

After examining original patches from the film, our design team set to work recreating the artwork. Not an easy task, as none of the handmade patches from the film matched each other, nor did they match the original line art version of the logo used for the movie posters and promotional materials. So we took the best looking aspects of both the Murray and Aykroyd uniform patches, and merged them into one patch that represented "the" uniform logo as intended and designed by Mr. Gross.

The result is nothing less than the definitive iteration of the patch worn by the original Ghostbusters.

ANOVOS found the perfect weight white felt backing material, while the embroidery stitch pattern and thread colors have been exactingly replicated from the original patches.

Whether you're thinking of opening up your own Ghostbusters franchise, or simply want a memento of that historic first adventure in midtown, we hope you'll enjoy wearing this patch as much as we did making it.


John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS! 

John Cooley July 23, 2020 0 tags (show)