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Getting your ass hauled to jail is about as bad as it gets. It’s scary, embarrassing, and usually comes at a time when you’re not at your best.
Martin Luther King Jr.
When the biggest black rights activist of all-time was just 27, he took part in the famous Rosa Parks protest, where Montgomery buses were boycotted. King’s role in the protest was ended up getting a shotgun blast through his front door, and being hauled off to jail. And yet, in the face of such tension and violence, Martin Luther still had the good fashions sense to but together this flecked wool suit and checked tie combo.
Tired of The Rolling Stones infamously hedonistic ways, the police back in the easily sixties raided Keith Richard’s country home, arresting Mick Jagger in the process for drug possession. But Mick, flying in the face of the example the Police were trying to make of him, showed up wearing a beautifully tailored, and very dapper looking suit.
You’d think the greatest grunge rocker of all-time would be brought in for something other than vandalism. But unfortunately for Kurt Cobain fans, he was hauled into the big house for spray painting “ain’t got no whatchamacallit” on street cars. But hey, nice slim black jumper K.
Have you ever seen anyone look so dapper for getting busted for having a pound of marijuana on them, as David Bowie does here? Perhaps he was dressing for his fans, of which 200 of them showed up to his court hearing to watch him plead innocent.
Back in 1969, Jimi Hendrix landed in Toronto, Canada with a bag of heroin in his luggage. Of course, he was hauled off to jail to take this bare-chested, flower-vested, mondo-collared mugshot. Best part of all, Jimi was able to convince the judge that a fan slipped the heroin into his bag.
Don’t let the chilled out, placid look on Jay’s face fool you, he was just brought in for stabbing a music executive for hearing that he leaked The Life and Times of S. Carter, Vol.3. C- for anger management, J. But a B+ for the jumper / jacket combo.
Well this one’s a no-brainer. Of course King of effortless cool, Steve McQueen would look great in his drunken mugshot. This photo is proof that going out shirts always have been, and always will be in style.
When you’re a true rocker, like Sid Vicious here is, you’re a rocker in your home, when you sleep, driving your car, and, when you’re taking a mugshot for assaulting Patti Smith’s brother at a show. Rock on, Sid.
There’s just something about a denim jacket that’s so mugshot appropriate. It’s almost as if you’re some out-of-town cowboy, who was just hauled in off his horse for rum smuggling. It also helps if you’ve got the rough, rugged looks of Dennis Hopper too.
Now here’s something you’ll never get thrown in Jail for today; lying to a woman to marry her if she just has sex with you. Boy, the things you would have done on Tinder, Mr. Frank Sinatra. While your game’s way out of date, that suit and hair style is still as cool as ever.