I FOUGHT THE LAW

I FOUGHT THE LAW

Artist Olivier Locher mocks the USA's strangest laws

by KOD Staff

With her hilarious on going series ‘I Fought the Law’, witty photographer Olivier Locher creatively depicts some of America’s most absurd state laws. Using early pop art as her inspiration, Locher creates scenes that mock and often violate these inconceivable state regulations.

While some of these laws have historical context, others are just outright bizarre. Who knew that in Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie without cheese? Or that people riding bikes in swimming pools in California was such a public concern that they had to outlaw it?

Although it is hard to imagine why the prudes in Rhode Island won’t let you wear transparent clothes in public, not all of these laws were completely off the wall. Some, while sounding strange to the modern observer, once served a historical purpose: having coins in your ears in Hawaii, for example, used to let others know that you had drugs for sale; whilst cunning thieves in Alabama would lure horses away using ice-creams in their back pockets to avoid technically stealing them.

All Images and captions are courtesy of the artist.

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

In Arizona you may not have more than two dildos in a house.

In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

In Alabama it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at all times.

 In California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

In California nobody is allowed to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool.

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

In Wisconsin it is illegal to serve apple pie in public restaurants without cheese.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.

In Hawaii coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.

In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.

In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.

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