ILP: How About Those License Plates?


Photo courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald

Okay, so if anyone has been following the whole license plate debacle, then you immediately know what I’m talking about. If not, however, then you soon will! On March 22nd, Gov. Pete Ricketts unveiled the new license plate design for Nebraska, as a new design has to be issued every six years. Unlike what we’ve had in the past, however, which have been somewhat attractive, he unveiled well . . . something else. This new design featured (I say featured because the DMV has thankfully halted production!) what was supposed to be the Nebraska Sower, which is depicted atop the state capitol. It also contained a blue stripe running the top length of the plate with Nebraska spelled out in yellow, and the years 1867-2017 on the bottom portion of the plate, a nod to the state’s 150th anniversary. This new design was met with harsh criticism and ridicule, however. First of all, it was “sexually suggestive,” to put it nicely. The way the artist portrayed the sower with his grain satchel looked like a man flaunting his well, you know! On top of that, it simply looked like he was just standing on top of a cupcake. Nice, right? Now in terms of the actual design of the plate, it’s a horrible design, in my opinion. Yes it’s simple, but it’s also boring as all get out. I appreciate the fact that the blue and yellow was a nod to the colors of the state seal, but it looked like a plate from Michigan. It was really funny, however, as members of Nebraska Through the Lens (a photography group on Facebook) starting posting their version of the new plate, spicing it up by redesigning it and adding images that reflect true Nebraskan life. It will be interesting to see what the new design will be, but I certainly hope that it will be a better design than what was originally conceived.

Just for comparative reasons (or if you are curious as to what past Nebraska plate designs were) check out this website!

Also, if you want to see what Comedy Central had to say about the new design . . .





  1. graceharveyblog · April 4, 2016

    I am honestly not looking forward to having those on my car! I sure wish we could pick something else! Great post!

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    • joshuapilkington · April 10, 2016

      Thanks! I know, we’re going to be the ones using them, so let us pick them!


  2. lovelyteachers · April 7, 2016

    I so hope they choose something else. These do not represent Nebraska at all. Do something with corn or cattle that is what we are known for, or even the huskers, but not these. Great insight on the design!

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    • joshuapilkington · April 10, 2016

      Thank you! I know you can buy those specialty plates that have corn and cattle and everything on them, but those should be the main plates. It’ll be interesting to see what they unveil next…


  3. Pelayom6 · April 8, 2016

    Well i did not know the design on license plates has to be changed every 6 years…i learned somenthing new…but this design chosen is so plain…
    with the video from comedy central, i was unable to watch it for some reason. But i can just imagine what they had to say about it! 😉

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    • joshuapilkington · April 10, 2016

      Oh gosh, I like to stay away from comedy central and other shows like that, but it was honestly really funny.. haha. And yes, I didn’t know they were to be changed every 6 years either until doing research on this. It’s interesting though, as Colorado and Wyoming aren’t like this – they’ve had the same plates for years.


      • Pelayom6 · April 11, 2016

        Wow! Yup i have seen about the same picture on the Wyoming plates. They are slightly different, but not that much.

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  4. missboller · April 11, 2016

    Yeah those plates were making me feel embarrassed to be a Nebraskan. After reading your post I couldn’t help but crack up because I had the same thoughts you did.

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