Multinational Patriotism

You might think that multinational patriotism would involve pledging allegiance to Barclays, but Onjena Yo's project, the Multinational Patriot Flag & Blog Series, seeks to re-imagine conventional notions of patriotism in more inclusive, multi-national ways. This series grows from the desire to see American icons used in a way that represents the United States as the melting… Continue reading Multinational Patriotism

That Australian Flag Bathing Box

At Brighton Beach not far from downtown Melbourne, Australia is a famous row of colorfully painted "bathing boxes" (19th century huts built as shelters and changing rooms for beach goers).  Box Number Two, painted to resemble the Australian flag, is a popular photographic subject.  Very popular.  Consider this selection of postings found on Instagram. Is there… Continue reading That Australian Flag Bathing Box

Who Doesn’t Like the Union Jack?

Guardian art critic and famed contrarian Jonathan Jones, that's who. The decision this summer by the British team at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing not to include the Union Jack on team uniforms prompted Jones to write an essay slamming the UK flag.  He titled it We don't need the union jack on Team… Continue reading Who Doesn’t Like the Union Jack?

Animals with Flags

To encourage loyalty, tobacco companies used to give away a small collectible piece of printed fabric (a "silk") with each pack of cigarettes.  Kovels Antiques notes, "popular subjects included actors and actresses, animals, baseball players, college mascots and seals, flags, generals, Indians, kings and queens, U.S. presidents, and Hamilton King girls." This 1915 set from the… Continue reading Animals with Flags

Flag Art by Nimai Kesten

Nimai Kesten ( grew up in an abusive Hare Krishna boarding school in Lake Huntington, NY before transforming "into a loud-mouthed, rebellious, New York City graffiti writing skateboarder" and surfer.  He writes in his bio: In his early 20's, Nimai began to look at the life he carved out on the streets of New York for himself… Continue reading Flag Art by Nimai Kesten