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Arts and Crafts

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dog Tag Art II

People had pets for centuries and especially dogs were not just kept for their company, but for their hunting skills as well.

Collars and leashes were already used by ancient Egyptians, but the tags came in existence during the 16th century and find their origin in England.

When more people owned dogs, licenses and registrations became mandatory and a pet tag on the dog's collar relayed the information necessary to return the dog to its rightful owner, instead of it being killed.

During the Civil War, soldiers used to write their personal information on pieces of paper, or engrave it on their belt buckles. This eventually led to the idea of applying the same principal for pet ID tags to military identification tags, hence the name dog tags.

Dog tags are usually made of aluminum, stainless steel, or brass and are no longer engraved, embossed, or stamped with simple letters and numbers; there are many ways and options to turn it into a unique piece of art.

Although I haven't seen much other art projects created from dog tags, it is quite obvious they don't have to be limited to your pet anymore; many celebrities and lots of youth like to wear a customezed one as part of their outfit!

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