License to kill

Georgia’s license plate design got yet another facelift, and it ain’t pretty.

2012 tag design

This continues the inexplicable obsession to make the tags more ostentatious than an H3. FAIL.

The only worse design that comes to mind is Kentucky’s awful ‘it’s that friendly’ plate:

No, this is not a joke, it’s that AWFUL.

Seriously, I think I would move to another state than put that plate on my car. Evidently Kentuckians would rather have Mr. Sunshine rather than this?

The silver lining, is that there is a ‘standard alternate’ Georgia plate that you can get without paying any specialty tag fees.

Whew!

Since I have lived in Atlanta (2003), I believe this is the FIFTH redesign that they’ve had. Not sure why the need to change plates like underwear, but at least it keeps everyone on their toes.

On the flip side, in Massachusetts, people CLING to their old license plates, probably in large part because the state never changes them. There’s even a lottery for the low-digit plates since apparently people need to make a competition out of completely meaningless things.

The current Mass tag has been around since 1987:

1987-present

People ’round these parts don’t seem to care for vanity plates, and the special interest ones are few and far between too (the offerings aren’t that robust, either). The ‘Spirit of America’ plates are required front and back, and due to this, people would rather you take their first born child than take away their old green tag, which is just one tag for the back.

1977-1986

Personally, aside from not needing a tag in the front, I don’t care for these, as the plates are 20+ years old and New England weather hasn’t been kind to the metal. But again, since everything here is a competition, you would have to pry these tags away from their cold, dead Massholey hands.

From a design standpoint, I equate this to a PowerPoint presentation.. LESS IS MORE. Seriously, there’s no need to gum up a plate with a bunch of crap. Since when should a plate be the focal point of a car? I also believe that there should only be 2 colorways, max (including white/black). Otherwise, you are more susceptible to clashing with, oh everything.

Apropos to @someecards for this blog post: http://t.co/AR6Lup9K

And here’s the best license plate I’ve witness in person:

YES!

And here’s a good one, albeit not seen in person: click.

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