This is the original idea...
...And here's a more festive one!
Inks, markers and a bit of digital treatment. Kinda late for a 4th of July post, but I guess it can be a fuck-columbus-day post instead. I started this thinking of it as an illustration of a song lyric by Touche Amore: "I've got my own brand of patriotism/it comes with nights of emptiness." I have no idea what it's intended meaning is, but for me the line evokes a feeling of dissonance between identity and ideas, between the society we live in and having ethics that so often contradict that social order. It even seems to embrace that feeling, rather than wishing it away to some far corner, never to be spoken of again. That dissonance is something I've felt a lot lately, so this lines spoke to me on a very personal level. I could and probably would ramble on more about this, but for now I'm tired, and other people have said these things much better than me anyway. Here's one of them:
William Blum on patriotism
*EDIT: Reading this years later is weird. It's not that I don't find these topics important, I'm just much less political these days, for better or worse. Aesthetically, still pretty happy with it, though, and looking at it now it was always a personal statement anyway,