Friday, August 19, 2016

The 8 Best State Flag Designs - Made With License Plates to Make It More Interesting

Most people know that each of the 50 states in the USA has its own special state flag. Not everyone really knows what their own state flag looks like, however; and even fewer know all the other states' unique, eclectic and creative designs.

I've taken what I think are the 8 coolest state flag designs - and recreated them using vintage license plates belonging to each one. Enjoy! 



#8: Michigan

I simply have to include The Great Lakes State for a couple reasons: I was born and raised here, and the rich blues and browns really make for a handsome, rustic design.

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#7: New Mexico

The memorable flag of New Mexico consists of a red sun symbol of the Zia on a field of yellow, and was officially introduced in 1925. It was designed in 1920, to highlight the state's Native American Pueblo and Nuevo México Hispano roots. The colors evoke the flags of Habsburg Spain and the Crown of Aragon, brought by the conquistadors. Free Tidbit: It is one of four U.S. state flags not to contain the color blue.

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#6: Maryland

The slightly-confusing official flag of the state of Maryland consists of the heraldic banner of George Calvert, Lord Baltimore. It is the only US state flag to be directly based on English heraldry. You won’t be mistaking it for any other state’s flag, that’s for sure!

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#5: South Carolina

The flag of South Carolina has existed in some form since 1775, being based on one of the first Revolutionary War flags. The palmetto is a reference to the defense of Sullivan's Island, the fortress which survived largely because the palmettos, laid over sand walls, were able to withstand British cannons. Pretty cool!

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#4: Texas

The Texas flag is known as the Lone Star Flag. The current design of the flag was introduced to the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 28, 1838. The flag, flown at homes and businesses statewide, is highly popular among Texans and is treated with a great degree of reverence and esteem within Texas. Don’t mess with Texas! Or this flag.

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#3: Arizona

The flag of Arizona consists of 13 rays of red and weld-yellow on the top half, the colors of the flag of Spain, representing the 13 original states. The red and yellow also symbolize Arizona's picturesque sunsets. The copper star represents the copper mining industry in Arizona. The rest of the flag is colored blue, representing the Colorado River. Full of symbolism, and pretty to look at!

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#2: Colorado

The flag of the state of Colorado consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width; the top and bottom stripes are blue, and the middle stripe white. On top of these stripes sits a circular red "C", filled with a golden disk. The blue is meant to represent the skies, the gold stands for the sunshine enjoyed by the state, the white represents the snowcapped mountains, and the red represents the ruddy colored earth. Another gorgeous flag full of symbolism. Second place ain’t bad, Coloradans!

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#1: California

The Bear Flag is the official flag of the state of California. There is a red star in the upper left corner and a grizzly bear facing left in the center, walking on a patch of green grass. The five-point star is taken from the California Lone Star Flag of 1836. The bear on the current flag of California is claimed to have been modeled on the last Californian grizzly bear in captivity. The bear, named "Monarch", was captured in 1889 by newspaper reporter Allen Kelley, at the behest of William Randolph Hearst and is preserved at the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park. An iconic flag notably different than all the others - worthy of our first place state flag ranking!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

7 Ways to Make Your Michigan Home or Cottage Extra-Awesomely Vintage This Summer

In addition to making hundreds of pieces using actual physical license plates, I am proud to offer an expanding line of home and decor products. Here is a sampling of 7 cool ideas that will spruce up and personalize any Great Lake State lover's spaces!

1) Michigan Counties License Plate Map Doormat



Home is not a house, it's a feeling. Help create the perfect feeling even before you enter the door with a Great Lakes State themed doormat. Non-slip rubber that won't crack or buckle, this mat resists fading, mold, and mildew and can be easily cleaned with a hose. This beautiful floor mat is an excellent addition to any home or cabin.

2) Detroit The Motor City Skyline License Plate Art On Gray Wood Boards Framed Print


Bring your Motor City print to life with hundreds of different frame and mat combinations. Our frame prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and delivered "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.



Take your Michigan LOVE everywhere you go! Nothing says you love your home state more than displaying it on your phone. Galaxy models available as well.



Show up to the lakeshore in style with this round beach towel bearing a recycled version of Michigan's flag. These towels are 60" in diameter and made from ultra plush microfiber and a 100% cotton backing. Perfect for a day at the beach, an Upper Peninsula picnic or simply unique home decor.


Six versatile sizes of these eclectic pillows are available, perfect for any Michigander's home or cottage. Celebrate the iconic road that all true Michigan folks are so fond of.


Finish off your Great Lakes State bathroom in a fascinating way with this unique design of Old Glory, made using all vintage Michigan license plates from the 1960s. These shower curtains are made from 100% polyester fabric and include 12 holes at the top for ease hanging. 


Mighty Mac will go everywhere you do when you leave the house or cabin for a relaxing day at the beach or shipping in Traverse City. Each bag includes a 1" black strap for easy carrying and are machine washable.

Dozens of more cool ideas and products are available to make your home and lifestyle Michigan-centric! Click here to visit the entire collection.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A to Z with this new Alphabet Art Design

Enjoy learning your letters all over again with this cool new reimagined alphabet chart, with every letter from A to Z created using vintage recycled license plates. This new piece entitled "Letters Of The Alphabet Recycled Vintage License Plate Art With Apple" is sure to be a big hit in any kid's room, nursery, classroom, or home setting.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Holiday Ordering Deadlines for 2015

I have recently released the deadlines for orders for this upcoming holiday season. It is going to be a busy one!

Due to orders already submitted and continuing to come in, the last day to order a handmade original piece and have it delivered by December 25th is November 1st. If you are looking to order a metal, canvas, framed or paper print, you have a bit more time: December 15th is the last day you can order to guarantee opening it on Christmas Day.

Click here to view all the options - my pieces make terrific and unique gifts for recipients of all ages and kinds!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Up for bid: 30 x 20 License Plate Map of USA on Steel Slab!

Every once in a blue moon, I offer handmade original pieces to the highest bidder on eBay. Why? The reasons are twofold: I enjoy keeping track of the bidding action, and it often allows folks to pick up a piece for themselves at a steep discount. Today, I've done it again.


This map is in stock and ready to ship now! You will get the actual one pictured, as opposed to most of my other listings where the pieces are made to order.

The lower 48 states are represented by vintage license plates cut with precise detail by hand and assembled together like a jigsaw puzzle.

This 30" x 20" license plate map of the United States is stunning and mounted on a 3/4" deep wrapped canvas made of dull 24 gauge industrial steel. Comes ready to hang using solid D-ring hooks.


Please note the steel sheet canvas has some minor natural imperfections including scratches, smudges, and dents due to the recycled handmade nature of the piece. These are all perceptible to varying degree in some lighting and from some angles.


An instant conversation piece and a lifetime of enjoyment in any home or office.

Check it out and place your bid here!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Google Project #2 - Four new fun originals for Ann Arbor Michigan offices

I once again had the privilege of creating custom new original artwork for Google - this time to help christen their new offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The client wanted logos of four of their flagship products (YouTube, Play, Chrome and Android) made using exclusively vintage Michigan license plates. What a challenge! But, a fun one. Client loved the results, and I hope you enjoy them too.

Contact me with questions or to find out how to order a custom piece of your own!




Monday, June 22, 2015

My Work - at Google!

I am so proud to announce that my work is now on display at Google offices in Birmingham, Michigan. See some pics below. I am also very excited to reveal that they have just ordered four more very interesting and challenging pieces to be custom-made for their offices in Ann Arbor! Happy that my work will get this type of exposure at such a cool company. Enjoy and stay tuned for more pics and info.