Whether representing District pride, decrying a lack of voting rights, or channeling a creative muse, local artists and designers showcase the DC flag all over the city.
And with Flag Day upon us, what better time to highlight some of these stars-and-bars creations?
Below, 10 pieces of DC flag art and design, from paintings and apparel to bar soap, flasks, and wedding cake toppers:
“People of DC dig it.” -Gregory Jackson-Collins, painter
Jackson Collins Art
Gregory Jackson-Collins’ large DC flag paintings practically mark the entrance to Eastern Market on weekends. His display area is the first one visitors see as they come down the street from Pennsylvania Avenue.
He said the DC flag has become a “fascination” for him. “There are so many things you can do with it. You can play with it. But the really cool thing about it is that it sort of energizes the DC public,” he said. “People of DC dig it.”
Liz Hutcheson, Fast Snail
Liz Hutcheson makes a variety of DC flag goods in addition to this flask, such as these cake and cupcake toppers featuring a DC flag wedding cake:
Derek Kennedy, Pop Co
Another Eastern Market vendor, Derek Kennedy of Pop Co, sells a variety of DC flag t-shirts along with other District-themed shirts and tote bags.
Rachel Pfeffer Designs
This necklace is also featured on districtlove.com, which showcases an impressive collection of DC flag tattoos. (Last year marked the first DC Flag Tattoo Day: Flag Day in the Flesh and inked statehood supporters are again being called to Dupont Circle this year for a tattoo flash mob. This Washington Post story gives a brief cultural history of the popular tattoos).
(Photo from Ginger Root)
The DC Flag Bar
Not enough flag images in your bathroom? Lathering up with this vegan DC flag soap bar can fix that. While it isn’t made locally, it is sold locally at Pulp (the purveyor of the flag flask above). The soap-makers are Chicagoans who started with Chicago municipal city flag bars and decided to “salute the nation’s capital” with this DC soap.
(Photo from Lil DC Tumblr)
With its simple, balanced design, it’s no surprise that the flag is a popular choice for local artists and designers. As added evidence, check out local food blog Metrocurean‘s round-up of District restaurants, bars, and breweries incorporating the flag into their logos.
There are a lot of other flag works out there–these 10 are just a small taste. What other DC flag designs do you know of?
Read The DC Flag in Local Art and Design (Part 2!) here.