The celebrity mugshot is a standard of Internet sharing. There are sites dedicated to just showing celebrity mug shots, and whether you are a celebrity or not, if you have a mug shot taken, odds are it’s always going to be one of the first image results for people searching for you online for a long time.
Should you find yourself having a mug shot taken here’s a little advice:
If you have the opportunity, try and clean yourself up a bit;
Straighten your hair;
Button your shirt; and
Wait, what? Yes, smile. A goal should be to make the mug shot look as little like a mug shot as possible, so if someone stumbles across it, they don’t immediately think mug shot. Take a look at John Edwards recent mug shot:
When this was released earlier this week, I sent a link via Twitter and a friend responded that he had been hoping that Edwards was going to go “full Nolte,” referring to Nick Nolte’s infamous photo: