I recently engaged in a spirited debate with some friends (you know, it was one of those conversations that really changed the world) about the validity of vanity plates.
Is the jury still out? Here's Castle's vote:
I'm a word person. So to me it makes sense to come up with something clever for your license plate. Something that helps express who you are.
The trouble is, it's so darn hard to be creative, unique, and still maintain some sort of coolness with your vanity poetry.
Some, admittedly, are legitimately funny:
And some do strike a chord with me:
But many are incredibly offensive:
Some are the license plate world's version of esoteric poetry:
And some just drive the grammarian within me nutso:
So I don't think it's the idea of vanity plates that garners so much ridicule. Maybe it's just that it's so hard to do it well? Or maybe it's that most people don't want to invest $20 in this particular art medium?
So if vanity plates are just doomed to be uncool no matter how clever, meaningful, and grammatically correct they are, how about custom license plate frames? Less expensive, less audacious, and less controversial?
My daughter wants me to get one that says "princess" and features pink crowns. She doesn't understand that I'm just a smidge too old to pull that off. Maybe she'll choose that option when she's driving her first vehicle. But seriously, these plate frames could be used to decorate a car or promote a message, while avoiding the complicated social considerations of vanity plates. I think I might get one that says: