In about half an hour, I whipped up my best shot at a community icon. I am not an artist, so this basically involved stealing other people's images and photoshopping them together.
As I've stated previously, I wasn't too keen on using the Battle Flag, but it was kind of hard to think of any other universal symbols of the South. I compromised by using the Stars and Bars, which I think was a better-looking flag, anyway.
I found an image of the outline of most of the Southern states, minus Kentucky and West Virginia, whose inclusion is debatable anyway. I once concluded in my own journal (did I ever post that poll here? I don't think I did) that if you live in those states and consider yourself Southern, you are. The main reason I used this image was that I couldn't find anything better.
I also thought about including little clips of other representative Southern images, perhaps one of the Old South and one of the New South. I was going to use a cotton boll for the Old South, but when I shrunk it down it looked kind of dumb, and you couldn't tell what it was. I couldn't think of anything that would be recognizable for the New South. Also, I think it would probably look kind of cluttered to put a bunch of extra stuff in there.
Anyway, without further ado, I give you my half-assed icon:
What do you think? Will this work?
Redid the poll for iamanevilkiwi. ;-)
Please comment on the corrected icon in the next post.