Everittee Barbee

Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1988, Everitte recently finished his Scottish Masters in International Business and Arabic at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently lives in Beirut, Lebanon where he continues to research and develop his skills as a calligrapher and artist, as well as improving his Arabic language skills.  Here are two examples of his calligraphy, from his website http://everitte.org/ — “Arabic Calligraphy with a twinge of American Arrogance, Ignorance and Decadence.”


The American Flag – in color (January 4, 2012)


This piece is a color original of the American flag, formed by using the words to the pledge of allegiance. The pledge of allegiance is written exactly twice in this piece, creating the correct official proportions of the flag of the United States. It is written once in the seven red stripes, which represent seven of the thirteen colonies which rebelled against the British in the revolutionary war. The pledge is written again exactly once from start to finish beginning the bottom right corner of the blue area behind the fifty stars representing the fifty states.

“I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The original is available at Saatchi Online here.


Loss of Lady Liberty (May 16, 2011)


The image of the Statue of Liberty in this piece is created using only the Arabic translation of the James Madison quote “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.” The text is written in the Diwani Jali script. Every word in the poem is written exactly once in the body of the statue, and once on her pedestal.



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