Colonel Ray Schoonover kept secret military-grade arsenal in his cabin, including special Bulletproof Vest. Killing Schoonover, Frank Castle eventually found a secret room that contained Schoonover's arsenal. As Castle began looking over the various weapons closely, he looked at the vest, noticing that the design on the front resembled a skull.
Castle returned to his family's home with Schoonover's arsenal before finding newspaper featuring an article on his trial, with the x-ray of his skull as the front image. Using this image as inspiration, Castle went into the garage with the vest he found in the armory and began spray painting an image onto it. Castle, donning his bulletproof vest with a spray-painted skull-like symbol, embraced the mantle of the Punisher. With his new uniform and logo on his bulletproof vest, Castle returned to New York City to assist Daredevil in his confrontation with the Hand. Later, he wore his vest before burning his old home and leaving Hell's Kitchen to continue to punish crime the only way he saw fit.
Punisher continued to hunt and kill all of the gangs who had been responsible for killing his family. Wearing vest, Castle headed to Alabama, El Paso and JFK International Airport to execute the last members of Dogs of Hell, Mexican Cartel and Kitchen Irish. With seemingly all the gangs destroyed, Castle believed that his family had finally been avenged once and for all. Believing that he no longer had a war to fight for, Castle burned his vest and began a new life.
Preparing for an assault on Micro's Hideout, Castle spray-painted his trademark symbol on a new bulletproof vest which was previously stolen from the Greek Mob and later used it to survive a few body shots during the ensuing firefight  before donning it once more to confront Billy Russo.
In chronological order:
- The Punisher
- In the comics, the Punisher wore a full-body suit of kevlar with a white skull splashed across the front or a T-shirt with a similar skull symbol.