Huffpost Arts

11 Photos That Prove Some Laws Should Never Be Written

Posted: Updated:

If you live in Kentucky, you should fight the urge to paint your front yard red. And all those Utah residents out there, please refrain from walking down the street carrying a violin inside a paper bag. We know it's tempting, people, but according to artist Olivia Locher, violating these extremely arbitrary and absurd rules could result in punishment by law. Welcome to the world of America's most ridiculous legislation.

Locher's been perusing outdated archives and mythologized records, hunting down our great country's random history of outlawing unkempt landscaping and zany driving practices. From equally real and random statutes that graced state law books years ago to hilarious concerns that made it this close to becoming official legislation, the artist transforms the quirks of legal history into hilarious snapshots worth ogling.

"Some of the laws in the series do not still remain in the books but at one time were," Locher explained to HuffPost, "some others did not go into effect but at one time came very close."

Check out the 10 newest photos in Locher's series, "I Fought the Law," below. For more on the artist's homage to odd mandates, check our her past works here.

  • In Oregon one may not test their physical endurance while driving a car on a highway.
  • In Kentucky it’s illegal to paint your lawn red.
  • In Tennessee hollow logs may not be sold.
  • In Rhode Island it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.
  • In Colorado it’s illegal to have weeds in your yard.
  • In Utah no one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.
  • In Alaska no person may drive a vehicle when there are three people in the front seat.
  • In Pennsylvania it’s illegal to go fishing with dynamite.
  • In Maine it’s unlawful to tickle women under the chin with a feather duster.
  • In Kansas it’s illegal to serve wine in teacups.
  • In Georgia picnics are prohibited in graveyards.

Suggest a correction