A quick look at the de Young’s massive new Keith Haring retrospective, The Political Line. Focusing on Haring’s more deliberately political works, the pieces take on consumer culture, technology, sexuality, and racism head on, and span the length of Keith’s short but prolific career.


Mug Shots
Elvis Presley 1956, Charge: Assault and disorderly conduct

There are few things weaker than getting arrested. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the privilege of getting your picture taken while arguably doing your worst, but I was fortunate enough to have been captured after copping my DUI last year. With the purpose to “neither judge the guilt or innocence of those portrayed,” author, photographer and filmmaker George Seminara has compiled this collection of photographs for your viewing pleasure. Sourcing photographs from the 50’s to the 90’s, Seminara’s collection highlights the various personalities that have ended up on the other side of the law. If nothing else, use this as inspiration. You can go to jail and still be successful.

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Charles Barkley 1991, Charge: Battery; Disorderly Conduct

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Zsa Zsa Gabor 1989, Charge: Battery against an officer; disobeying an officer; driving without a registration; driving without a license; driving with an open container of alcohol

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Al Pacino 1961, Charge: Carrying a concealed weapon

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Larry King 1971, Charge: Grand Larceny

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Jack Kevorkian 1990, Charge: First-degree murder

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George Carlin 1972, Charge: Disorderly Conduct; obscenity

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Don King 1959, Charge: Suspicion of drug dealing

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Lenny Bruce 1963, Charge: Possession of hypodermic needles

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Eugene ‘Mercury” Morris 1982, Charge: Three counts of selling cocaine; three counts of possessing cocaine; one count of trafficking in cocaine; one count of conspiracy to sell cocaine; one count of possession of marijuana

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Jim Morrison 1967, Charge: Breach of peace; resisting arrest; immoral exhibition

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Axl Rose 1992, Charge: Four counts misdemeanor assault; one count property damage

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Suzanne Somers 1982, Charge: Disorderly Conduct

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Christian Slater 1994, Charge: Criminal possession of a weapon

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Jane Fonda 1970, Charge: Assault and battery

Photographs for this post taken from Mugshots by George Seminara.

Posted By Max Gibson
Max Gibson aka Dispo Max is a journalist, web curator and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Wine & Bowties, an Oakland-based art and culture publication with the focus of celebrating creativity. Today Max resides in Oakland after living in LA. Max loves hoop, dispos and good jokes.

  • Anonymous

    True, Max, but it’s nothing to really celebrate, is it?

  • Max Gibson

    who’s celebrating? getting arrested sucks.

  • reed

    these are too dope. i just think it’s an insight into the human/inhuman element of the acts. the expressions. the gestures. i mean, christian slater almost looks like he just did it cause he was a bored celebrity. al pacino looks like he never knew anything else. jane fonda looks like she’s making a political statement. charles barkley looks like he got lost on his way to the bathroom. larry king looks like he’s from mars. some are funny, some are sad, some are inspiring. i dunno, it’s nothing to celebrate, but there’s something inherently fascinating about them. i feel like they say a lot about the people they are taken of within the context of their crime.

  • Max

    Gestures, I overlooked them sometimes. But it’s true. Each person is conveying a feeling.

  • Anonymous

    There is significance in seeing (for those of us who have been arrested even in the rather banal context of a DUI), that such moments will not ultimately define us…Of course, established celebrity helps. As anyone who’s ever picked up a DUI or a minor possession charge well knows, that shit sticks around for several years following the incident. Hollywood may not care, but the Safeway down the street just might.

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