Scowl for the camera

Don’t smile for the camera if you’re getting a driver’s license photo in one of the four states that ban grins from such pictures, according to a report in the Arizona Daily Star.

The states are Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia.

The report mentions that the states’ identification software works better if people are lacking expression in the photos. But we think otherwise.

It’s probably because most people aren’t smiling when they get pulled over. Perhaps folks should be asked to scowl for the camera when getting their driver’s license photos taken.

Other photos in which peoscowl1ple should not be smiling:

• Mug shots

• Photos taken at funeral homes*

• Tragic scenes of car crashes, drownings, fires

• Shots depicting murder or mayhem (unless the one smiling is the psychotic killer)

• Anything at airports unless the shot includes long lost lovers, friends or family members being reunited

*I learned the funeral home lesson the hard way when I profiled a pet funeral home in Brooklyn, All Pets Go To Heaven, and came back with a stack of photos of the owners standing around a dog casket grinning. There was no dog inside, but my editor chided me nonetheless for asking the funeral directors to smile. “Ryn, no one smiles at a funeral.”

Have you ever smiled, laughed or displayed inappropriate humor at an inappropriate time?


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5 Responses to Scowl for the camera

  1. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    Ryn, how the heck does this log in work? Do I use my old login?

  2. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    Rynski, I’m in I think…how do you get your dogs to eat veggies?!…or is Sawyer just playin’? My dogs look at me like I kicked ’em if I try to give them veggies.LOL P.S- You have to type this recaptcha thing every post? Bummer!

  3. Rynski says:

    Sawyer will eat ANYTHING, at least once.
    He has not gone for celery a second time, but he’s a huge fan of mushrooms and, evidently, cucumbers.

    I think he just likes eating things in general. He doesn’t really care what they are.

    As for the annoying RECAPTCHA thing – it will eventually be eliminated, IT said, once they iron out a lot of the crummy stuff that’s been popping up on the site.

    Logins will go back to how they were, I’m told. In the meantime, try PEAS! with your dog. Mix them in with his food to see what he does. Peas have always been popular with my animals.


  4. RADC MAXIMUS says:

    Ryn, they still look at me like an idiot, I tried your veggies but they love meat…The heathens!. They are some sweet heathens though, those dogs would give their lives for us. One long haired shepard and a black lab. You are what your pets are. Don’t get me started on my birds, whole ‘nother animal.!

  5. Rynski says:



    birds have ALWAYS been beyond me. Yes, they definitely have their own private set of rules.

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