With a medieval-looking dragon and its bold colors, the flag has that plucked-out-of-Narnia theme going -- if only it weren't for the two UFOs hoovering
overhead, and the words "The First And Still The Only Real U.S. Banner."
So dragon, UFOs, revolutionary credos -- what brought this idea on?
Sting says he was listening to Art Bell's paranormal-themed radio show more
than three years ago. A guest claimed to be a remote viewer who foresaw a banner
from the 2030s that would hang on government buildings featuring the "Don't
tread on me" slogan. Sting was fascinated by the concept.
"I was thinking about it every night and every morning, until I got to
the point I went to a copyright attorney and said I've got to do this,"
A lay person's first interpretation of the flag is that it's a message to meddling extraterrestrials to keep their UFOs away from we Earthlings -- kind of
like Avatar in reverse. But Sting says the message is not anti-Martian
at all. It's just connecting the prospect that someday UFOs will fly
overhead with the "Don't Tread on Me" flag that flew over the colonies
during the Revolutionary War era. (One caveat: Sting doesn't call his
flag a flag but a "banner,"
and tends to correct you if you call it otherwise.)
Created back during the Bush administration, he said the
banner is also a conscious rejection of red, white, and blue
"There's people that have gotten seriously allergic to red, white and
blue elements," Sting says. "They're disenfranchised, they're not feeling
that the government is being very honest with them....[The sales are]
accelerating so fast because UFOs are more accepted by the public now
and people are fed up with everything."
Denise Meehan is one of the folks who has put the bumper sticker on her
car. But Meehan, the office manager at the Mill Valley Chamber of
Commerce, didn't seem as "fed up with everything" as much as she was just
attracted by "something different."
"People are talking about hard politics, and here comes Dave [Sting's alias] talking about an alternative American flag and it's, like, 'What the
hell are you talking about?' Dave just works off a different dimension
than everyone else. ...Dave is an institution in Mill Valley. He's a