Washingtonians fly our flag all over the city –- from official buildings to commercial spaces to our own backyards. We've come to understand it in terms of our identities. And we create with our stars and bars with an intensity that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
I first moved to D.C. from Chicago in 2011. In February of 2013, I noticed a cluster of adapted flags at Union Market, and ever since I’ve collected every adapted flag that I’ve come across and tagged their locations in the D.C. area. What began as a project to help me identify with my new hometown has become a serious research project about the power and reach of the D.C. flag and the creativity of the District's residents.
This website houses the ongoing collection , as well as other aspects of the project. The first of these is a map, of course, and I'm hard at work on a timeline and other ways to understand the power of adapted D.C. flags.
This is an ongoing project that is at its best when others are contributing images. Contact me if you have images to contribute or have questions. If you live here, you know how it goes: this project is in a state of constant flux, just like D.C.
I’m Matthew Pavesich, and when I’m not collecting images for this site I teach writing and rhetoric at Georgetown University.