There’s something haunting and strangely beautiful about these monochrome American flags by So Cal clothier Stampd' LA.
The graphic designer in me is a sucker for black or white objects that shouldn’t be. But given how many times in a day those of us in the States see the flag, it’s a little disorienting to see it reinterpreted in such a stark fashion. Without the color, and the associations the red, white and blue bring, the nation’s symbol is stripped down to its barest textural elements. It’s quite fascinating to see how impactful the flag is when seen only through the lens of its unique composition. Because of the often cartoonish way we see the colors of the flag used, these make you stop and reevaluate it as a symbol, in the way it was intended—somber, eerie and gorgeous.
I love flags. My interest in them as a child laid the groundwork for becoming a graphic designer, and there’s something I’ve always appreciated about flags of any sort that have been sewn versus printed. These make you think of the flag as a tactile object, and their surprising heft makes them something you want to hold and touch.