Call me crazy, but I didn't think mug shots were supposed to look good. I've never posed for one myself, but I figure a person should get a free pass in the looks department when they've been arrested and tossed in front of a camera...especially since they're probably drunk. People have enough trouble capturing good pictures of me when I'm sober and not battling the law.
But apparently the founding fathers missed a big one when they drafted the Bill of Rights: the right to a fabulous mug shot. Before I get into the details, I'll just say this: you know you're in for a fantastically trashy tale when the main character's name is "Tanya Ann." And, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the events of this story took place down south in Georgia.
Tanya Ann Fowler had her mug shot taken after police arrested her for "teroristic threats and acts"...whatever that means. Here's how that mugshot turned out:
You may not know it to look at the picture, but Tanya Ann is a woman who cares deeply about her personal appearance. Her unflattering mug shot found it's way into a weekly publication in Commerce, Georgia called "The Bad and the Busted." Being the fashion icon that she is, Tanya Ann was not happy. And even a kindergartener knows that when there's an emergency, you call 911.
So that's exactly what Tanya Ann did. Last Sunday, she dialed 911 and complained about her unsightly mug shot. Apparently, that call was strike three. Strikes one and two came earlier in the afternoon when Tanya Ann called 911 in search of someone to store her meager possessions after she was evicted from her "home" (I'm assuming the author of the article treats "home" and "trailer" as synonyms).
Well, Tanya Ann got her wish--a second chance on that mug shot. The cops charged her with obstruction of a 911 operator and brought her into the station. I'll admit, I thought that Tanya Ann's compliant about the first picture just absurd, but after seeing her second mug shot, it's clear the the first one didn't do her justice:
Amazing what a little preparation and some makeup will do, isn't it? Just kidding, of course. Here's the actual second mug shot:
Let's face it, on a scale of one to ten, Tanya Ann couldn't score a point if she were being compared to a lineup of the world's ugliest farm animals. I'm not really sure how to rank this picture relative to the first mug shot...but here it goes. On one hand, Tanya Ann's face doesn't look as creased and wrinkled in this shot. But on the other hand, it looks like she gave her mullet some fancy groomin' in the other picture. And what's going on with her eyes? It looks like two photographers stood on either side of her, each telling her to look directly into the camera. Miraculously, she obliged both requests.
This unfortunate series of events can serve as an important reminder for all the potential criminals out there. If you've even considering the possibility of committing a criminal act, try to look your best. Fix your hair, put on some makeup, and wear a color that complements the beige concrete block that you'll be standing in front of when the cops take your picture. And for the love of god, direct both eyes at the same camera.
Here's a link to the story: