Gift-giving season is right around the corner, and we know just the perfect gift for the Apple nut in your life. No, it's not an iPhone case or a new iPad Air. It's a $1,900 hand-painted pirate flag.
The Jolly Roger — sporting a classic, multi-colored Apple eyepatch — is central to Apple lore. The skunkworks team behind the original Macintosh hoisted the flag above their office on the Apple Campus as an embodiment of one of Steve Jobs' most famous slogans: "It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy."
Back in 1983, when the Macintosh team moved into a new office building, programmer Steve Capps sewed together the black flag and asked graphic designer Susan Kare to paint the skull and crossbones on it. It's said that the flag flew over the office building for over a year before disappearing forever into the annals of computer history.
Now Kare is selling bespoke replicas of the flag in two sizes: 3 feet by 5 feet and 4 feet by 6 feet for $1,900 and $2,500, respectively. That's a pretty penny, but each is hand painted and signed by Kare, who is a legend in her own right: she's the designer behind the original Macintosh icons and fonts you all know and love.