I should have foreseen this. The usual invocations against the color pink have made their way into the conversation about customization. This betrays a narrow-mindedness that I find vexing.
First, a small digression: the “time to penis” on a Thorax is zero. The Thorax’s phallic design has inspired jokes since its introduction. The various color schemes the hull has seen have had no impact on its visual impression.
As to the color pink, it is apparently considered frivolous, unserious. This, despite the fact that there is a pink shirt in the wardrobe of every well-dressed Western man. This, despite the prevalence of the color in Eastern clothing. This, despite a tradition of clothing St. Paul in a bright pink in much art from the early Christian church. This, despite the fact that a black-and-pink ship would look dramatic, and a pink-and-gold ship would be beautiful, like a sunset. I emphasize male identity because I read in the disdain for pink an unfortunate association which I wish to discourage.
Pink is not a color. It is a spectrum of color. It includes reds, oranges and purples. Some are gemstones. Some are pastels. Some are neutrals. The EVE universe is poorer for omitting this spectrum of color. For those who dislike it intensely, you will always have the option of not using it. For the rest of us, I have no trouble imagining many appropriate and tasteful uses for these colors. That is reason enough to include them.