Red and Black Week, Day Three

The flag pictured above was not designed for Sophistique Noir’s Red and Black week, but it looks like it could have been.

Edward Low (1690 – 1724) flew this flag. He is one of the most notorious and ruthless pirates to ever sail the seas. Both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the New York Times reported that Captain Low was known to be quite fond of savagely torturing anyone his crew would capture. Low is not as well known these days, but his red and black flag lives on. Low used several flags during his career, including the black and white jolly roger and some kind of green one.

But it is the red and black skeleton design that he is known for using. He preferred the red and black design because it made him stand out from the other pirates. Awww. (The other pirates only used white designs on black flags.)

Because we live in the best of all possible worlds, the Low flag is now available as a tee shirt from Zazzle, Cafepress and Spreadshirt.

These tee shirts would be great for yoga.

Speaking of yoga, this is a picture of my red and black yoga bag (as previously mentioned on Stripy Tights and Dark Delights fna The Ultimate Goth Guide).

I still like this one a lot, but I’m considering getting a new one and painting an Edward Low skeleton on it.

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~ by siouxsielaw on June 5, 2012.

6 Responses to “Red and Black Week, Day Three”

  1. Low was so Goth! Which is awesome, because what Goth doesn’t like pirates? Not the torture part, but the cool flag part anyway… 😉

  2. I love that t-shirt 😀

  3. That’s really interesting, somehow his flag seems more menacing than the widely used black and white one.
    I love the design on your yoga bag.

  4. Well it’s always important to remember our Goth forbearers, even if they are vicious pirates. I can’t help but think there is a ninja joke in there somewhere, but it’s not coming to me.

  5. ‘He preferred the red and black design because it made him stand out from the other pirates. Awww.’ this somehow is cute *lol*

  6. I hadn’t ever heard of Low before. I just read that Low supposedly cut off a man’s lips, then boiled them. Then, he made the prisoner eat his own lips. I think his rep was well-deserved (if that story is true).

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