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Tattoo with the earth upside down

Tattoo with the earth upside down

Gearheadandco

My guess is that It's purposeful. [flying your country's flag upside-down is a recognized way of signalling distress ](https://jimmygreen.com/blog/what-does-an-upside-down-flag-represent-n40) (eg. After Hurricanes or other natural disasters), Atleast in the US and Canada that i know. I've also seen it often done in protests. I suppose it can also be interpreted as deliberately flubbing your nose at the country, government, whatever since its obviously 'wrong', as well as saying the country is in distress. My guess is that this was done to symbolize that the entire planet is "in distress" and requires assistance.


Wevers24

Yes, this. I've also seen it with political matters with flags upside down when people don't believe in the system anymore.


Zharken

What if your country's flag looks the same upside down, like Switzerland or the UK. Or even the spanish flag, yeah it has an emblem on it, but from far away you wouldn't be able to tell it's upside down lol


_xamas_

I feel like the italian flag is always upside down


Twad

The UK flag does have an upside down by design.


PolitePony

Thanks that would make sense :) but it wasn't on purpose


Tales_of_Earth

But it is by design, right?


DoctorGreyscale

How do you know it wasn't on purpose?


PolitePony

My friend knows who made it and told me it was a mistake they noticed after


DoctorGreyscale

That makes sense. As far as mistakes go, this is one that can very easily be leaned into.


PolitePony

True. I imagine the creator will be happy so much extra meaning can be found in the unintended 'error' :)


mereaxis

This is an extremely common way of visually critiquing the habit people in Western societies have of prioritizing the global North over the global South. It’s a critique of mainstream political discourse the privileges Europe and North America, as well other northern regions like northeast Asia and Russia. It’s a right side up map because there are no upside down maps of a sphere in space. It’s a right side up map for centring political awareness on the global south - where climate catastrophe impacts are being felt soonest and hardest.


panatale1

This is my vest guess, too, for the flipped map


RomanCatholicJoker

There's no right side up for the Earth imperialist


USBtroika

But there’s a right side up for maps


RomanCatholicJoker

You have a baby brain


USBtroika

You’re a dumb fucker. Maps are designed to have north up. That’s how you can make them without printing a compass on them. If you know nothing, just shut up.


RomanCatholicJoker

Google where the word orientation comes from you lepton


USBtroika

It is irrelevant where it comes from. What matters is that it is necessary and that it is so.


RomanCatholicJoker

What the fuck are you talking about dude what's necessary


Armistice8175

Have you seriously not seen a map before? Do you actually not understand what he’s talking about?


USBtroika

A common understand which compass direction is the top of the map. Really from you initial comment I wouldn’t have taken that you’re that broken in the head.


RomanCatholicJoker

Wow! Check [this](https://images.app.goo.gl/PkmbuXeDTyS3GUpc9) out!


USBtroika

How does that provide additional information to the picture this chat is about?


The_Fyrewyre

How many times have you followed a map with it facing up?


USBtroika

What do you mean? How often I hold my map with north facing up? Always. Kind Of a strange question. How do you hold your maps? Also, how is it relevant? Even if you turn it, you still need to know which direction is north.


DoctorGreyscale

That's why most maps include a compass rose.


USBtroika

Yeah, not the one this is all about. Not the best threat to make that point. In many maps the compass is eliminated for simplicity. That helps from a design view and is justifiable, if you follow convention and north is up. In all applications in which the compass is included, it still makes sense to put north up, since often you can’t see the compass when the map is folded. Those maps are a pain to read. There are really very few cases that justify any deviation from the convention.


DoctorGreyscale

The one this is all about is a tattoo. Not a map. I wonder, does that justify any deviation from convention?


USBtroika

It’s a map. And no, it does not justify a deviation from the convention. Conventions work as simplifications because everyone internalised them. If you deviate, it destroys the point. It’s like driving on the right side of the road. It works as a simplification because you do not have to think about it. Driving on the right side on the freeway and on the left side whenever driving below 30 kph is not a reasonable solution. Neither is north up for complex maps and south up for simple maps.


BU33LE5

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Xvi_G

This is the kind of guy who wonders why people in the southern hemisphere don't fall off the planet


Yamcha17

Plot twist : the Earth is not upside down, but the text is.


PolitePony

Yeah should've put that as title


DoctorGreyscale

It would have made much less sense and still would have been wrong.


EvenBetterCool

The earth doesn't really have a correct orientation. You know that, right? It's a sphere. The map as you know it is just because someone drew it that way.


MartiniLang

Other than the fact that there an equator and poles but yes it could easily be the other way up


Poblanok

Could be sideways too. No rule saying which way the equator has to run.


MartiniLang

I mean yeah there is. Cos the earth spins that way. The equator is where the sun is closest to the earth as it rotates.


Poblanok

You really missed the point, the map could be turned sideways so the equator runs from top to bottom, and it wouldn’t change anything about the way the earth rotates.


MartiniLang

Ahh gotcha! I actually like this idea


Final_Alps

And the guy that drew it, drew Europe top center, because Europe was all that mattered.


usermatts

As a geography student I'm extremely triggered by this post. "Upside down". Jeez...


321Lusitropy

Wow! How could they! Come to think of it the lettering looks backwards too..


Taste_the__Rainbow

Obligatory West Wing Map Chaos. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vVX-PrBRtTY


baronvonweezil

Love all the people acting high-and-mighty in the comments. Obviously there’s no right way to orient the Earth, but stop being a dick about it. We’re used to a northern-oriented map, that’s all. All of you could’ve politely explained that, but you al made a conscious decision not to. This is why it’s so hard for people to actually learn. They’re not given the chance to.


PolitePony

Thanks, exactly what I thought ;)


PolitePony

My friend's climate group made the tattoos themselves and it was actually a mistake that the text doesn't match the orientation of the map here. They found out after


baronvonweezil

Exactly! Nobody had any way of knowing that but they went in and assumed you were the idiot here. It was a completely harmless post all around, I really don’t get it.


PolitePony

Yeah xD reddit being reddit, assuming everyone's an idiot


baronvonweezil

Seriously… No one social media is better than another, but it seems everyone here thinks that this one has a higher collective IQ.


DoctorGreyscale

What's "high-and-mighty" is coming in here expecting all of us to shit on this design without explaining that it was explicitly a mistake on the part of OP's friends. Assuming that this design is "wrong" without any context at all is, to put it simply, a political stance. >This is why it’s so hard for people to actually learn. They’re not given the chance to. This is everyone's chance to learn about the socioeconomic problems that go with the concept of global north and south. Everyone here is trying to educate OP on the issue. If you don't learn something from it it's not because everyone else was mean to you, it's because you took it personally when someone said you were wrong.


PolitePony

I thought most bad designs are unintended mistakes, so figured it would belong here. I know many other bad designs are a product of laziness to perfect something. There just isn't only 1 way something can be a bad design. About learning new things, the only things I learned here are that upside down things mean there is distress (nice to know) and that reddit is overly criticizing everything.


DoctorGreyscale

>reddit is overly criticizing everything You're the one criticizing the design. We're telling you that the criticism is unfounded. So who's being overly critical here?


baronvonweezil

Because that’s the point of the sub? For Christ’s sake man, I don’t usually get this involved in threads but how right do you want to be??? It’s a Reddit post, why do you care so much about seeming correct? There is no “right” or “wrong” here, just chill.


baronvonweezil

Oh come on now, don’t pretend that you’re going to make any political point off of a single post on Reddit, let alone a non-political one. OP said in another comment that it was a mistake by the designer, too, so you’re the only one making assumptions. I really don’t see why this has to be such a big issue. I didn’t take anything “personally,” when anyone said anything, so I’m not quite sure where you got that from. I’m just saying that the hostility towards OP was completely unfounded. I’m literally majoring in history, and studying geography, the first maps ever made were northern-oriented. It’s what we’re used to. It makes most sense to our eyes. As I said, of course there’s no “correct” way to map the Earth, even the southern-oriented one is still distorted by the poles. I’m not saying you can’t learn here, I’m saying that attacking someone is never the way to help. That’s all.


Sitnalta

I think this a cool design. I want an upside down Earth map for my wall now


PolitePony

😄 go for it, cool indeed! Apparently this is how they always picture the world map in Australia, I see many comments about it.


Better_Dust_2364

I read “there is no plan B” and I was like woah is this a pro life thing on my home page??” 😂😭


MrVicio27

Australian edition


Regular_Poetry

Like others have said, there is no right way up for Earth. This shows it "upside down" like you would fly a flag upside down to show distress.


ProudNewspaper4128

What is next, that it is not actually proportional?!?!??1!!?1


LieutenantSauron

I thought that was the point of the sticker, like that’s what ‘Planet B’ would look like


vms-crot

There is no upside down in space.


Caveman112233

Relative to what?


PolitePony

The text


Caveman112233

Didn’t know the earth had a top. Can you jump off it?


WatermelonArtist

...I think that was the point.


Meme-Bot69420

ya know, maybe its because thats how all temp tattoos are?


Ransarot

This is the opposite of shitty design.


Ransarot

Someone told you, burn shit and keep burning shit. We'll be fine. Someone also told you north is north. Seems like someone has been lying to you.


Drake-estroyer

When you say "upside down", you mean it?


FoxyRin420

There is no real up or down, the map could be flipped at up or down and it would be the same. Our planet rotates… depends on how you look at it. The orientation of the map we are taught is just a standard to teach people so they can read a map.


wimpycarebear

I love seeing new bumper stickers on Ferraris.


failed_messiah

Its in distress maybe? International sign of distress is a upside down flag. Or just a shitty graphics design company lol.


PolitePony

Yeah they made it themselves and found out after 😅


SarsCovie2

Seriously, if I'm an alien spacecraft, I view the earth as is it comes into view. I don't have any clue about your North pole crap.


YangWenli1

The text says "There is no planet B."


Cucumb0r_

There’s to Tasmania


Jeremy12021

Works just fine if you're Australian.


iksecorep

That’s a matter of perspective


flubberwasgreat

This is the way we always show it in Australia, no issue here, move along.


S1ashStrike

No that’s just what Australians see


HumbleMood

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard <3


ripyourlungsdave

I mean. No, it’s technically not. The world can’t be upside down. There is no up or down in space.


Modern-Otaku

I think that may be intentional, but I’m not sure.


TerribleShoulder6597

Technically earth has no right side up but there is just a common way to orient the earth


No_Top5279

Open your eyes and see!


SAMAS_zero

To be fair, “upside down” is still a valid way to portray the Earth.


Spond315

It's Australian


PolitePony

Europe 😅


TheIndulgery

Unless this sticker is in Australia...


PolitePony

Europe 😅


agutema

That’s not very Gall-Peters of you.


Repulsive_Voice823

The earth is a rock floating in space. Space has no upside down.