What’s Going On? It’s a tricolor. But it’s more square-y so that’s interesting…right?
Sure, But What’s Really Going On? Apparently the vertical design is based on the French flag, so if you’re looking for someone to blame for another boring vertical tricolor, you found le bouc émissaire. The colors come from the duchy of Brabant’s coat of arms, which features a yellow lion with a red tongue and claws against a black background.
What’s Good About It? Well, it’s got to look better than a yellow lion with a red tongue and claws against a black background.
What’s Bad About It? Nothing really. Well, except that people might think, “That German flag is hung weird.”
What Does Our Dumb World Say About It? “The flag of Belgium can be broken off and shared with two other friends.”
Loyal visitors will note that I haven’t done a flag post in awhile. Apologies. I started two new jobs which has kept me rather busy. I must say that it was a bit of a downer to come back to yet another tricolor. But don’t worry — things are about to get sexy…
What’s Going On? THERE ARE SHIRTLESS MEN HOLDING WEAPONS ON THIS MOTHERFUCKING FLAG. I didn’t even know this was something I wanted but now that I see it…I can’t imagine living without it!
Sure, But What’s Really Going On? Besides the dudes in Dockers hanging out with their ax and sword? (That is a sword, right?) Does anything else even matter? Alright fine…the red and blue derive from the two main political parties in Belize. There are fifty green mahogany (apparently) leaves in a circle which represent…leaves, I wanna say? The two dudes are apparently workers and all the tools and whatnot refer to the fact that Belize’s main industry — when originally settled by the British — was logging. The motto reads, “I flourish in the shade.”
What’s Good About It? I take back all the mean things I’ve said about how crests/coats of arms are lame and how simplicity is paramount in flag design, blah blah blah. This is amazing. Who is going to forget the flag with the two shirtless guys on it holding edged weapons?
What’s Bad About It? Okay fine, it might not be easy to replicate, which is a minus. And all the other flags are probably taunting the Belize flag, “Put a shirt on!” or “Get a room you two!”
What Does Our Dumb World Say About It? “Currently located at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.”
Confession: I feel moderately bad giving this a higher rating. But I gotta give Belize props for putting together one ridiculous flag. Not only do you have human figures on your flag (which is weird/rare enough) but you put them in Dockers with belts and give them six-packs. (You can see a more detailed image here. And by the bye, do these guys have names?) And if having shirtless men wasn’t pimp enough, there’s that motto: “I flourish in the shade.” That’s just swag, and I don’t use that word very often. (Mostly because I’m a white girl from the suburbs but you get my point.) So in other words — I guess I don’t feel bad about recognizing a truly original flag. Well done, Belize. Well done.