Alternate British Flag. Design for a flag challenge on AH.com.
The following explanation I had entered together with the design:
Entry for the latest flag challenge.
The flag depicts the cross of St. Lazarus with the royal emblem attached in the centre: seven swords arranged to form the letter A, A and Y.
The first A standing for Aelfweard The second A standing for Animus The Y standing for the letter Upsilon: from ancient times on it stood for the path of vice or virtue. Aelfwaerd was simultaneously known as The Saint (for supporting the Catholic church in his realms) and as The Demon (for his bloodlust on the battlefields).
The challenge btw was as follows: NEW CHALLENGE: March 29, 2011
You've been commissioned to design a flag by Ælfweard IV, Bretwalda of Britain, High King of the Seven United Kingdoms of England. As you know, the Seven Kingdoms once existed alongside one another as sovereign states - Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Wessex - until each was gradually unified under one personal union. It may not have been the ideal form of government, but the 7UK has managed to do alright, fighting off Vikings, Normans, French, Dutch, Scots, and Germans over the years. Now with the "kingdoms' rights" movement finally more or less defeated and the 7UK more centralized than ever, Ælfweard wants to celebrate with a new trans-national flag for his United Kingdoms. He'd like to see something that celebrates the Seven Kingdoms, and especially the nation's strong Anglo-Saxon heritage, but he's not picky.
Free to use, free to modify. If you get it, please share a photo!
But aren’t tattoos forbidden in the Bible?
In the Hebrew Scriptures, God established a covenant with Abraham (circumcision) and with his descendants after delivering them from Egypt. The Hebrews were in slavery for over 400 years, so it’s safe to assume that they didn’t have any idea how to govern themselves (see the golden calf fiasco). So after establishing the basic moral law of the 10 Commandments, God established Levitical law, which served as a system of government for His newly-emancipated people.
The Old Covenant, however, was never meant to last forever – and not because the Law is too harsh. High standards are the point: The first purpose of the Law is to convict us of sin. The second purpose is to make us despair of saving ourselves, driving us to Christ. The third use of the law is a guide for Christian living. The Christian does not follow the Law because of the threat of hell, but rather out of the joy of salvation and love for Christ.
Similarly, the Levitical law was for Levitical rule. The moral law transcends time and culture.
The New Covenant is not only a Christian idea, but a Jewish one as well. Hundreds of years before Christ, Jeremiah prophesied: “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.” (Jer. 31:31-34)
The New Testament author of Hebrews interprets this passage, saying, “By calling this covenant ‘new,’ [Jesus] has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.” (Heb. 8:13)
Hebrews illustrates that the Old Covenant “is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” (Heb. 10:1)
Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matt. 5:17)
He explains the basic reasoning behind every biblical law: ““Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matt. 22:37-40)
Elaborating on this, Paul writes in Romans, “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:10)
If you feel that getting a tattoo violates your relationship with God, violates your faith, then it would be unloving for you to get a tattoo. It would violate the greatest commandment.
If getting a tattoo would grieve your parents, then it would be unloving for you to get a tattoo. It would violate the command to love others, particularly honoring your parents.
If tattoos are accepted in your culture, if the tattoo glorifies God/does not affiliate you with paganism, and if you don’t feel that getting a tattoo is a violation of your faith, then I say go for it.
This one is about 2 years old. It's a logo for a creative agency called Symbol, inspired by the Mayan culture. Researched quite a bit on the meaning of the various symbols from that culture and thought the eagle was meaningful, relevant and allowed a recognizable logo.
Might scrap it later, don't really use it in my professional portfolios but hope you like
Union Global is the largest corporation in the world in 2038 A.D., involved in everything from pharmaceuticals to defense contractors to Private Military Companies (PMCs). It controls enough territory to make it virtually a country in and of itself, with its own military to boot.
I tried to keep the logo simple, like a modern corporation would. The circle symbolizes the Earth, with the break in the middle (a primitive trick of the eye creates the illusion of a line going through its center) being the equator. The oversimplified representation of the Earth (unintentionally) reflects the company's view of the world as merely a market to be exploited. How utterly bourgeois The indigo blue (my favorite color) is representative of 'nobility' - a reflection of the company's view of itself as the new technological aristocracy.
What if, in a timeline identical to ours, each Yugoslavian socialist republic or socialist autonomous province adopted its own flag? The concept is based on the former Soviet republic flags, all based on same pattern.
SR Bosnia and Herzegovina: On first and fourth quarters, the fleur-de-lis representing the Bosniaks, that name this republic. On second quarter, the same insignia of SR Serbia flag, representing the Serbs, and the same checkered shield of SR Croatia, representing the Croats.
SR Croatia: The checkered pattern represent the Croats.
SR Macedonia: The Vergina Sun represents the Macedonian claim to belonging to same ethnicity of Alexander the Great. Yes, it would reply the same issue with the Greeks of our timeline.
SR Montenegro: "Montenegro", as well as its translation to many Slav languages, literally means "black mount", and it depicts the Chapel of Lovcén, used in SR Montengro coat of arms. An unofficial design with the golden lion rampant would have existed.
SR Serbia: The four fire steels are a traditional symbol of the Serbs, although the Yugoslavian socialist government usually removed the white cross between them.
SR Slovenia: This motif, with the Mount Triglav and the water, was yet used on Slovenian coat of arms.
SAP Kosovo: The Albanian eagle, but white rather than black (as a Yugoslavian statement against Albanian irredentism), with the flower motif of proposed Dardania flag on breast.
SAP Vojvodina: As in current Vojvodina flag, the stars represent the three regions of Vojvodina: Bačka, Banat and Srem.
Alternate history exercise, no political comment intended. Please, don't use this post to comment politics.
My take on the flag of the Belarus Russia friendship union called Union State. The real flag has two separated little stars, but it looked so boring. I actuly designed this for the upcoming Eurasian Union, but it wouldnt be as fitting. Bechose Eurasian Union has Russia, Belarus, Kazakstan, Taijkistan and... Oh, only Russia, Belarus and Kazakstan... Well, thanks Wikipedia, I guess...