by Brit Blankenship
This redesign aims to capture the rich Native American spirit and history of Oklahoma. An earthy palette represents the smoky red dirt roads and blazing sunset of the state’s South Central American landscape. The sun motif was inspired by the “sunbelt” graphic plates first issued in 1982.

The heritage is present also in the detail work sitting center on the plate which emulates the unique state flag. Oklahoma’s name is derived from the Choctaw words kola and humma, meaning “red people.” There are more than a handful of fun OK phrases, but it felt appropriate stay true to the most common to grace Oklahoma’s state plates: “Native America."
State Plates Project by Jonathan Lawrence ⓒ 2014