First produced in 2009, the 'Most Wanted' series of artworks, based on police mugshots of pop culture icons become a best selling international published print edition. Limited editions and mixed media originals of the series are owned by collectors worldwide, including many high profile personalities. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, a new series of limited edition fine art prints has been created using re-mastered images. The collection features new colours and print designs and includes some previously unseen mugshots.
Inspiration came from a series of silkscreen portraits by Andy Warhol called “13 Most Wanted Men” In 1964 Warhol was commissioned to produce a large mural to decorate the facade of the New York State Pavillion at the 1964 New York World Fair. Warhol chose to enlarge mug shots from an NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. This subversive artwork caused much controversy and it was painted over by officials with silver paint a few days later. When the Fair opened to the public, all that was visible was a large silver panel.
By 1956 Elvis was already a global superstar, but like all young American men at that time he was required to do National Service. This mugshot was taken shortly before he received his first army haircut as he started his active duty on 24th March 1958. Although he was offered the chance to enlist in special services to entertain troops, he chose to serve as a regular soldier, which earned him respect in the public eye.
Bowie was arrested on March 21, 1976, after a performance in Rochester, New York. About half a pound of marijuana was confiscated by the police. Bowie was held with three others including Iggy Pop, for several hours and then released on $2,000 bond. Bowie later pleaded not guilty and a grand jury decided to pass on the case.
This previously unseen mugshot was taken at the sheriff's department in Shelby County, on October 10, 1970 for a new police badge for Elvis' police badge collection. (Elvis started collecting police badges in 1956. He received his very first police badge from sergeant Fred Woodward of the Memphis PD. on September 29, 1956.)
Frank Sinatra was arrested by the Bergen County, New Jersey sheriff in 1938. The 23 year old Sinatra was booked for ‘Seduction’. The charge was eventually dropped when it was discovered that the supposedly single woman involved was in fact married. Later that year, armed with this new information, the original charge was revised slightly, and Sinatra was again arrested - this time for adultery! The charge was later dropped and in total, he spent only a few hours in jail.
This previously unseen mugshot of Johnny Cash was taken at Folsom Prison in 1966, the first time he performed there, apparently as a joke with the guards.
Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport airport in May 1969 after customs inspectors found heroin and hashish in his luggage. Hendrix, who claimed the drugs were slipped into his bag by a fan without his knowledge, was later acquitted of the charges.
All images © Louis Sidoli