We're all guilty of being slaves to fashion around here, but actually spending time in the slammer for our wardrobe? We'll pass. Unfortunately for writer Tatiana Johnson, wearing a Shepard Fairey ring to the airport earned her a charge of criminal possession of a weapon and a one-way ticket to jail. We can see why the police might have done a double-take, as the three-finger construction of the ring vaguely resembles brass knuckles and the bomb-like shape of the decoration can raise an eyebrow in this day and age (even though it does say "the war is over"), so a few questions are understandable. Being sent to the pokey? Not so much. Check out the details of Tatiana's awful adventure below, and remember to leave all your vaguely pointy jewelry at home next time you're headed to the airport.
Next, there were about five police officers with me and they told me they had to wait for the sergeant or commissioner. This is when I felt either Ashton Kutcher was going to come out or this was really serious. I was told I was being placed under arrest. I tried to give them the ring, but the officers said it wasn’t an option and that I would be going to the jail at Laguardia Airport. I was shocked and embarrassed, yet still remained calm. The police then put me in handcuffs and escorted me out of the building like a stone cold criminal. My friend had to stay at the airport and they told her it would be no more than three hours. She asked about the flight and they said it wasn’t their problem and the airline would PROBABLY have no problem giving us another flight.
I went in the cop car, got to the jail, sat in a cell, and was asked to take the laces out of my shoes and sit until it was time to get finger printed and 'interrogated.' I was read my Miranda rights, looked up in the system, then spent another hour in the cell. By the time I got out it was 1:00 p.m. and I was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree and given a ticket for $265.01. The cops ensured that my charges would be dropped since I didn't have a record, and this would not be the start of it. I am now waiting for my court date on June 16. If I am not in court, which is not an option, I will have a warrant for my arrest. It’s clearly a ring and not a brass knuckle. It’s actually from, Shepard Fairey's Obey line. It says "War Is Over", so it represents peace, yet it caused trouble."