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 😉