Marylanders have a definite affinity for their state flag — in all shapes and forms. In honor of Maryland Day, here are a number of ways this bold state symbol has been transformed into more than just something that hangs on a flagpole.
On bikinis, towels, bodysuits and well...everything
Route One Apparel, owned by Ali von Paris, specializes in Maryland-themed merchandise. So that means a lot of flags.
(Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun) On a door
"Look for the house with the Maryland flag door" is a pretty surefire way to give directions.
(Baltimore Sun) On another door
...OK, I guess those directions wouldn't quite work if you lived on the same block as this guy.
(Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun) On bagels
THB Bagels & Deli is really going all out this Maryland Day, serving up Maryland-themed bagels while supplies last at each of its locations (Towson, Canton and Timonium).
(THB / Handout) On driver's licenses
MVA spokesperson Buel Young holds a sample of the new driver's license. The MVA began issuing the new state flag-themed driver's licenses with added security features on June 20, 2016.
(Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun) On bowties
Maryland bowties are an almost certain site at Preakness, like these on Tony Tamanini, Michael Porrovicchio and Patrick Crawford in 2015.
(Maddie Meyer / Getty Images) And on regular ties
Rep. Brett Wilson wears a Maryland flag-themed tie on the House of Delegates floor in Annapolis on Jan. 14, 2015, the first day of the 2015 legislative session.
(Patrick Semansky / Associated Press) On a guitar
W.J. "Bill" Bellamy holds an unfinished solid body electric guitar with a Maryland flag design created from different colors of inlaid wood in 2015. Bellamy makes guitars at his home in the village of King's Contrivance in Columbia.
(Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun) As a dress
Lauren Calhoun, of Towson, wore a homemade Maryland flag-themed dress at Preakness in 2016.
(Quinn Kelley / Baltimore Sun) On a suit
Michael Heyser of Mount Vernon wears a suit made of the Maryland state flag on May 16, 2015.
(Robert K. Hamilton / Baltimore Sun) On football uniforms
The Maryland football team's flag-themed uniforms were pretty polarizing when they were unveiled in 2013 -- some loved them, some (mostly non-Marylanders) hated them.
(Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun) As a tattoo
Andy Hux of Baltimore completed a tattoo of the Maryland flag in 2011 during the Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention.
(Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun) On the entire cheering section
The student section at Maryland basketball games has become known for this Maryland flag ritual.
(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun) On windows
This stained glass transom over the doorway at1704 Jackson Street in South Baltimore has the Maryland flag design.
(Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun) More windows
This stained glass transom over the doorway at 2 N. Potomac St. in Highlandtown has the Maryland flag design.
(Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun) On a tartan
Severna Park resident Paul Wiedorn designed a tartan in the colors of the Maryland flag in 2016. Wiedorn wanted it to become the official state tartan.
(Paul W. Gillespie / Baltimore Sun Media Group) On cleats
These Maryland-themed cleats from Under Armour go above and beyond just the flag, but of course that makes an appearance in there somewhere.
(Courtesy Under Armour) On heels
Suzanne Tuberville's heels were the color of the Maryland flag at the Corporate tents during the 2012 Preakness.
(Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun) As a scarf
Bonnie Miller of Hagerstown (left) decided to wear the Maryland flag as a scarfat a Maryland women's basketball game in 2015.
(Baltimore Sun) On T-shirts
This one's pretty obvious, but important.
(Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)