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Have you noticed that you don’t see a lot of cowboys wearing message t-shirts? Why would they need to? They’re wearing western belt buckles. Sure, you can put more words on a t-shirt, but how much of what you read on t-shirts is world changing anyway?
I have a friend who wears a functional pistol neatly embedded in his belt buckle. You would need a t-shirt the size of Texas to deliver the message that pistol represents. He also used to drive an Isuzu pickup with a message on the tailgate.
On the upper left of the tailgate: “UHITSME”. On the upper right: “ISUZU”. Cowboys don’t need a whole bunch of words to get their message across.
Rodeo belt buckles can be divided into at least two categories. The first being the kind anyone can purchase, and the second the kind you win for being the best at what you do in the sport of Rodeo. The latter are likely to be a bit larger than the former.
The difficulty of acquiring either of the two depends on what you do and how well you do it. If you are particularly good at staying atop a raging two thousand pound plus of bull for eight seconds, the latter might be for you, and you could possibly make a lot of money doing it. I guess I’ll buy mine.
Some time ago my wife and I were at a flea market and were perusing the offerings of an antique dealer and friend of ours. We saw a western belt buckle and she asked him about the price. His smart-alec reply was to ask her why she wanted to buy that for me…I hadn’t seen the one I was wearing in years.
With friends like that, does a guy need enemies? I had to remind him that I did, in fact, look at my belt buckles before I put them on.
Besides, I wear western belt buckles for other people to see. By the way, I can see it when I have it on…it just isn’t as easy as it used to be.
I think there’s a little bit of the exhibitionist in all of us. I like to wear western belt buckles. What’s the point of wearing a buckle if it doesn’t say something about you. Rodeo belt buckles take it the next step. They make more of a statement.
Wearing a rodeo belt buckle doesn’t necessarily mean you ride bulls for a living, but it probably does say you enjoy and support the sport of rodeo. I was active in sports when I was a kid, and I still think I’m sixteen when I get some sort of a ball in my hands. I never rode rough-stock in the rodeo, but I’ve always admired the athleticism of the guys that do. I won’t make any comments about what may or may not be wrong in their head.
Most western belt buckles are distinctive. That may seem like a ho-hum statement, but consider other belt buckles. See my point? Other than being a way to connect the two ends of your belt, what stands out about non-western ones?
Want to make a statement on your belt buckle? There’s no shortage of statements that can be made there. For some of us, it’s really fortunate that the statement we make is for the benefit or enlightenment of other people. Why? As an antique dealer friend of mine told my wife when we were looking at one I liked…”Why would you buy him another one? He hasn’t seen the one he has in years”. What a smart aleck! And wrong too…did he think I had no mirrors?
Imagine what could happen to you if you were wearing one of those huge eight inch rodeo belt buckles on an eight second bareback ride. If your ride came down hard and you doubled over forward, you would probably think you had been cut into. I guess sometimes I just get to thinking weird…sorry.
Rodeo belt buckles don’t have to be like the huge ones they sometimes give for trophies. Most rodeo buckles are really nice looking accessories. No doubt they can be a bit of a fashion statement…nothing wrong with that. If you’ve got something to say and want to say it on a belt buckle, feel free. You would look really silly wearing a bumper sticker!
Do you enjoy a good rodeo? That’s reason enough to wear rodeo belt buckles. Your buckle doesn’t have to claim you won at Frontier Days in 2005. You’re a petite cowgirl…wear a “Bull Rider” belt buckle…I’ll guarantee it’ll be a conversation starter!
At the last rodeo I attended, one of the best barrel racers was a little boy who appeared to be about five. They must have glued his butt to the saddle. There’s no doubt he could now, honestly, wear a barrel racer belt buckle. Maybe I’ll get one for myself. That could be more of an attention getter than my bolo tie.
Who else besides me thinks rodeo belt buckles are way cool? And they don’t have to proclaim that you were steer wrestling champ at Frontier Days in 2003. If I wore one like that, it would constitute fraud. If I see the steer wrestling champ from the 2003 Frontier Days wearing one, I’m thinking I’m looking at a very tough and skilled cowboy with a good mount and excellent hazer.
But rodeo belt buckles don’t have to make any claim about you wrestling a steer to the ground or spending eight action-packed seconds on the back of a really irritated bull. Some rodeo belt buckles simply promote the idea of rodeo…and that’s cool too.
We’ve all seen the huge belt buckles that some wrestlers/actors have apparently been given for performance, I suppose. You don’t need a buckle that big to make a statement, but belt buckles do make a statement about you. I have a bronze one that says “Wyoming” across the engraved image of Steamboat, the state’s trademark bucking horse. I think I got it several years ago for opening a bank account. I love that belt buckle.
I have another one my wife found at an antique shop that commemorates the beginnings of the American Agriculture Movement back in the early ’70s. That began near where I grew up. Both of these western belt buckles make a statement about who I am, and I like the statement they make. What does your belt buckle say about you?