Apparatchik's Apparel

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The Heavy after wearing his new shirt

The Apparatchik's Apparel is a community-created cosmetic item item for the Heavy. It is a long-sleeved shirt with rolled up sleeves, which replaces the Heavy's default shirt.

This item has four styles, named "Outdoorsmen", "Blood Bin", "Investor", and "J.R. Gyle". The "Outdoorsmen" style, applies a checker pattern, the "Blood Bin" style replaces the default pattern with a horizontal stripe pattern, the "Investor" style, applies a vertical stripe pattern, and "J.R. Gyle", applies an argyle pattern.

The Apparatchik's Apparel was contributed to the Steam Workshop.


Main article: Styles
Apparatchik's Apparel Outdoorsmen.png
Apparatchik's Apparel Blood Bin.png
Apparatchik's Apparel Investor.png
Apparatchik's Apparel J.R. Gyle.png
Outdoorsmen Blood Bin Investor J.R. Gyle

Update history

June 27, 2012 Patch (Pyromania Update)
  • The Apparatchik's Apparel was added to the game.

June 28, 2012 Patch

July 11, 2012 Patch

August 3, 2012 Patch

July 10, 2013 Patch (Summer Event 2013)

  • [Undocumented] Merged 'Scout or Heavy Shirt' equip region with 'Shirt' equip region.

June 11, 2014 Patch #1

  • Fixed several cosmetic items not cloaking properly for the Spy.

July 7, 2016 Patch #1 (Meet Your Match Update)

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange quality.

December 5, 2022 Patch (Smissmas 2022)

  • [Undocumented] Renamed arm_tatoos equip_region to arm_tattoos.

Unused content

  • This item is set up for paint to be applied, but the ability is turned off.


  • "Apparatchik" is the Russian word for an operator of a mechanical device ("apparat"), as well as slang for a Communist bureaucrat or agent.[1]
  • The J.R. Gyle style is a pun on "argyle", a pattern typically made up of criss-crossing diamonds.
  • In Rugby, the Blood Bin is a temporary substitution for a visibly-bleeding player who must leave the field of play for first-aid treatment.