va luvs prsnlztion

VA Tag: OK2DAY, originally uploaded by shawnblog.

yesterday i posted on the myaol blog about america’s love of vanity tags. over 9 million personalized tags… and 1 in every 10 is from virginia. this stat is fun, but also raises some questions in my mind… do other countries have similar cultural phenomena? are american’s really that vain? and what’s so different about virginians vs texans (texas ranked last on the list with only a half percent of drivers)?

anyway, it prompted me to go to some photo sites and do a quick tag check on “vanity tags”… i hit the jackpot when i discovered this photo collection by flickr-member shawnblog, and this smaller but excellent collection by flickr-member Jobe Roco. even better is this blog post about happiness and your license plate.

so back to virginia’s rank… here’s the scoop:

“It’s only $10. You can do it online with little effort. You can get a new one every month if you wanted to,” said Benjamin Mace, a Virginia Beach Web designer who started CoolPl8z.com, where people post pictures of their vanity plates.

from Bay9News.com article: URSOVAIN: Va. Tops Nation in Vanity Tag

the article is a fun, quick read with descriptions of vanity tags as “minimalist poetry in motion” and the people who own them as “the narcissistic-materialist poets of the iGeneration.” awwww… maybe that’s a little harsh. i know a few vanity tag owners and they’re not all that bad šŸ˜‰

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One thought on “va luvs prsnlztion

  1. I think the reason why there are so many in VA is, at least partially, because VA makes it so easy for drivers to check availability online and also because of the considerably lower price. I live in “the other half” of the Washington DC suburbs in Maryland, where it is not at all simple to check availability and annual the fee for “vanity” plates is also considerably higher.

    Thanks for linking to my collection. It’s a labor of love (and a long story). I’ll pass 2,000 plates soon. Most of them are Northern VA because I drive to work there each day.

    The other guy’s collection is awesome. It seems that he only gets “hot” cars and more meaningful plates. Very nice!

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