Many a stand up comic's routine has involved the Department of Motor Vehicles and their perceived incompetence.
And although in my home state of New Jersey, certain DMVs have gotten much, much better at streamlining the administration of their bureaucratic process of arbitrary motoring rules, I can still appreciate on a personal level the dread people face when they know they need to visit a DMV.
But going there is a necessary part of life if you own a car or need a driver's license and, in some states, just need a state issued ID. So instead of complaining about something in a depressing way that you have to do anyway, why not have fun with it? So when I go to the DMV, I buy donuts for the people working there.
I have to say though, I love Twitter user @JonoZalay's method of having fun with the reviled DMV; he has a longstanding history of messing with them.
By taking some incredible license photos.
Recently moved back to California and had to get a new drivers license. This is my story (thread)...— Jono Zalay (@JonoZalay) January 10, 2018
Zalay's father apparently began the tradition decades ago, by snapping photos of himself as a weird character. Something him and his brother are bearing the torch for.
Zalay shared some of his bizarre and amazing license photos. Taking full advantage of that sweet head of hair, and the ability to grow thick bears, he went all in, creating different personas for each picture.
He documented his latest driver's license update photograph by hitting up a salon and getting completely punked out.
His transformation was incredible.
First, there was this aptly-named look.
Each of his updates were hilarious.
I mean, the guy also made a Point Break reference, so I don't even need to see how the rest of this haircut comes out: I'm in.
OK, this dude is hilarious.
You can really see how it's coming together now and the insane look he's going for.
Until we were blessed with this final picture of absolute punk perfection.
I mean, just behold the glory, what a worthy addition to his already impressive collection of characters.
The DMV, noting his appearance, insisted he take a new photograph. They fell right into his trap.
He wasn't allowed to do the whole thing, however. Lip snarls weren't allowed.
Unfortunately when taking the official photo the picture person doesn't let me snarl my lip. But I'm snarling them with my eyes.— Jono Zalay (@JonoZalay) January 10, 2018
Then, a slight obstacle came his way.
Also- CURVEBALL! I have to take a written driving test! Did u know you're not allowed to park in front of your own driveway? But I said u could because FUCK THE GOVERNMENT and I barely passed.— Jono Zalay (@JonoZalay) January 10, 2018
This is a man who suffered for his art.
Anyway. ID gets mailed in 2 weeks but for the next couple months my hair is gonna be a little extra so be cool about it.— Jono Zalay (@JonoZalay) January 10, 2018
He did point out that his funny business is sadly, race exclusive.
Also I acknowledge this is only something a white guy can do. I think that is tragic and want every person regardless of race, religion, or gender to have this frivolous of a relationship with people who check their IDs.— Jono Zalay (@JonoZalay) January 10, 2018
And since posting it, he's decided to finally get started on his comedy career.
He spent too much time in the jungle and now he's the 'Nell' of the internet.— Jono Zalay (@JonoZalay) January 10, 2018
People loved his thread and started sharing awkward license photos of their own.
It's definitely one way to make trips to the DMV more fun, right?