About

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.

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14 responses to “About

  1. Please contact me about discussing your intriguing site in the context of NAVA.
    Thanks.

  2. I’ve had a lot of fun reading your hillarious comments. I’ve recommended this blog to my flag contacts.
    Best luck,

  3. Great site. It’s very interesting to hear different perspectives about the beauty of flags. Th3e most beautiful flag in my mind will always be the American Flag!

    Keep up the good work.

  4. columbus ohio has a really crappy flag…check it out

  5. Given the centrality of flags to our business, I was intrigued to see your critiques and greatly enjoyed reading them.

  6. Love this blog. Have always been a big fan of neat flags. My favorite “bad flag” of all time is that of my home town, Gaithersburg Maryland. I remember when the city commission adopted it, everyone told them that it looks like a lumber yard logo, and they still voted for it. 15 years latter and I still hate it. But I love Maryland’s flag and the flag of Montgomery County Maryland. I guess you win some and you lose some

  7. This site is great! And you haven’t updated in a long time! Boo!

  8. Yeah – c’mon, give us some more flags…

  9. What about Belize – that has to be the worst national flag ever…!

  10. Great site. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the laughs. Looking forward to more commentary; there are so many bad flags out there and the US is a treasure trove!

  11. Just returned from Four Corners. May I recommend the Navajo Nation’s flag?

  12. Love this blog. Have always been a big fan of neat flags. My favorite “bad flag” of all time is that of my home town, Gaithersburg Maryland. I remember when the city commission adopted it, everyone told them that it looks like a lumber yard logo, and they still voted for it. 15 years latter and I still hate it. But I love Maryland’s flag and the flag of Montgomery County Maryland. I guess you win some and you lose some
    +1

  13. Pure joy! i don’t know which was better, your comments or other peoples.

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