A flag is an outward symbol of a place and its people, and the foundations of vexillology (the study and design of flags) goes back thousands of years. Nations have goneinto battle, claimed new lands and inspired patriotism through their flags. But even among the powerful and successful nations among us, a danger lurks: subpar flag design.
badflags is a place for people to come together to mock the most attrocious symbolic expressions of citizenship. Billions of people are oppressed by fealty to lackluster, unsavory and truly grotesque flags. Entire Oylmpic contingents mope through opening and closing ceremonies under the shadow of a subpar tricolor, a committee designed mostrosity or a rectangular mess with too much going on. States, provinces, counties, cities and towns have at some point felt the need to create a flag to inspire pride, though the results often are nothing to be proud of. Of course, there are good flags out there, and we’ll talk about those too.