Baseball’s Opening Day Flags

Spring is really here, now that Major League Baseball has had it’s Opening Day.  Across the country it was a pretty flaggy event, as captured by these tweets: Run little green alien. Run. #OpeningDay — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 7, 2015

American Flag Refreshed for 2015

Vice President Joseph Biden unveiled today the work of an until now little-noticed White House task force that has been looking at ways to improve America’s image, at home and abroad. The result: a fresh new American flag for Spring 2015, that will be made official by an executive order to be signed this afternoon by President Obama. Biden […]

US Flag Patches

Here is the US flag as it appears on (left) shoulder patches.  (The flag is often reversed on the right shoulder, so that it faces “into the wind” as the person walks forward.) Most of these variations were created to be part of camoflage uniforms. Together they illustrate some of the many ways the US flag […]

Flags Buried Alive

The artist AA Bronson returned to his New York home after the 9/11 terrorist attacks: What I found there is inscribed indelibly on my brain: a thick chalky dust of glass, concrete, paper, asbestos and human flesh that covered everything; and American flags, everywhere. Within a month I had purchased my first flag on eBay. I […]

Proposal for a New American Agriculture

Claire Pentecost is an artist/activist focusing on food, soil, and bio-engineering; and a professor of photography at SAIC (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago). For Proposal for a New American Agriculture, she placed a US flag in a composting bin in her basement in Chicago, removing and photographing it after worms had transformed most […]

Outkast’s Stankonia flag

OutKast are a celebrated hip hop duo from Atlanta.  For their critically acclaimed 2000 album Stankonia, in what became an iconic image, they appear on the cover in front of a huge black and white variant of the US flag, with inverted stars. Paste magazine ranked it 21st in their list, The 25 Best Album Covers of […]

Young Jeezy: Put On

This video for the Grammy-nominated hip hop song Put On by Young Jeezy popularized the monochrome, “black and silver” adaptation of the US flag.  The song was on an album entitled The Recession, and the flag was used in the video as a symbol of the Great Recession.  For most of the US, the recession […]

Machine Gun Kelly: Raise the Flag

Hip hop has a thing about flags.  This week, we’ll look at some examples.  Here is a music video by American rapper Richard Colson Baker, known as MGK (Machine Gun Kelly).  The song is Raise the Flag (uncensored). Official video, directed by JR Saint. Published on Oct 14, 2014.  Currently has over 3.8 million views. […]

Leo Villareal’s Living Flags

By Scott Mainwaring Leo Villareal is a celebrated American artist who uses computer-controlled light patterns as his medium.  He created two major works, both entitled Flag, based on the US flag. His 2008 sculpture Flag consists of 13 narrow strips (stripes) of enclosed LED lights, with the gaps between them roughly three times wider than the stripes themselves.  Colors spill […]

Flags and Occupy Portland (2011)

By Ted Kaye, revised by Scott Mainwaring Originally published in The Vexilloid Tabloid #31 & #32, Dec ’11 & Feb ’12 Occupy Portland, the protest movement and encampment in downtown Portland, has used flags in interesting ways. Ted Kaye observed a march in late October in which the flags used included USA, Cascadia, Tunisia, and red (IWW) […]