Photographer Brings Some Of America's Most Ridiculous Laws To Life In Hilarious Photo Series
No matter what you do for a living, you should be allowed to have a little fun, right? Seems that"s exactly what past congressmen did when they approved some of the U.S.'s craziest laws.
Or is there really a problem with un-bouncy pickles in Connecticut?
In her series I Fought the Law, New York-based photographer Olivia Locher pokes fun at America"s most unusual and obscure laws – from centuries past to recent days. With her her pop-arty photographs, Olivia says she intends to defy rules and regulations across all the remaining US states.
She says she finds out about the laws from a variety of sources: reviewing law books, public records, even talking to the residents who, undoubtedly, know the most about local silly acts. Like ...
In South Dakota it"s unlawful to cause static.OLIVIA LOCHER
Asked how did she come up with the idea for this project, Olivia told A+ that it was inspired by a conversation with her friend:
"A friend brought up in conversation that it"s illegal to carry an ice-cream cone in your back pocket. A long period of time passed from that conversation but I kept finding myself thinking about it. Then I did some initial research and quickly discovered that there wasn't a shortage of interesting laws. I knew it would be a great photography project!"
In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.OLIVIA LOCHER
Olivia claims her photoshoots always spark a lot of interest. The images are often created outdoors in a makeshift studio situation, so a lot of random people have the chance to observe the photographer in action. The ice-cream cone shot was particularly interesting because it was shot in a popular ice-cream spot at a very busy time:
"Their other customers were so confused, everyone kept asking my model: do you know you sat in ice-cream?"says Olivia.
In Washington it"s illegal to paint polka dots on the American flag.OLIVIA LOCHER
Locher told A+ she hasn't confronted any of these laws herself yet. However, she's lucky not to live in Kansas because of her guilty pleasure to drink wine served in teacups.
In Kansas it"s illegal to serve wine in teacups.OLIVIA LOCHER
Asked what law she would issue if given the possibility, Locher shared with A+ that she really hates the noise at night: "My studio is on a busy and very loud Manhattan street, especially at night. If I could create a law it would be that all talking outdoors stop at midnight."
Check out the rest of her work below.
In Oklahoma it"s illegal to make love with an automobile.OLIVIA LOCHER
In New Mexico defacing rocks is a crime.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Maryland hammering a nail into a tree is punishable by a fifty dollar fine.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Vermont it is illegal to use colored margarine in restaurants unless the menu indicates you do.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Indiana it"s illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Florida a person may not appear in public clothed in liquid latex.OLIVIA LOCHER
In New Jersey a person can be arrested for slurping soup in public.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Nevada it is illegal for men who have mustaches to kiss women.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Kentucky it"s illegal to paint your lawn red.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Maine it"s unlawful to tickle women under the chin with a feather duster.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Utah no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Alaska no person may drive a vehicle when there are three people in the front seat.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Connecticut pickles must bounce to officially be considered pickles.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts.OLIVIA LOCHER
In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in ones ears.OLIVIA LOCHER
In California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.OLIVIA LOCHER
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