ID fixe?

July 3rd, 2014 | Uncategorized

Yesterday I had to go to the DMV to renew my license. How many identification cards have I posed for throughout my life, how many moments of bureaucracy-induced anomie have been captured, laminated, and carried around in my pocket for years until replaced with the next iteration? Roughly seventeen, apparently. Here I am aging from 17 to 53 in 20 seconds.

16 Responses to “ID fixe?”

  1. 'Ff'lo says:

    That was fun. Thanks.

  2. meg says:

    Well played!

  3. Jack Sky says:

    I’ve saved all mine too. Top dresser drawer, in the wooden box.

  4. hairball_of_hope says:

    Were you wearing hoop earrings in one of those photos? The video montage morphed too quickly to be sure.

    (… goes back to preparing for yet another hurricane …)

  5. Anonymous says:

    You keep your old driver’s licenses? I typically shred mine (in fact, I got a new one yesterday and shredded the old one). I hope they are kept in a safe somewhere.

    Still, it was fun seeing the video–it seems to have taken some manipulation to keep the photos centered upon one another.

  6. Alex K says:


    Also… **marvel at your archivist skills**

  7. Rachel says:

    The last one is the best. A reassuring confirmation in a dyke’s ability to only improve with age.

  8. Tei Tetua says:

    The rest of us might say old stuff, get rid of it, but a cartoonist and autobiographer is just the one who’d hang onto any graphical items of a personal nature.

  9. hairball_of_hope says:

    @Tei (#8)

    I guess that provides the perfect retort for those of us hoarders archivists, when we are compared to the Collyer Brothers, “That’s not junk, it’s material for my next project.”

    (… goes back to glorious weather in the big city …)

  10. This reminds me of those flip-card action books. But instead of a monkey swinging or a sunflower blooming, we grow into ourselves. I have a dozen IDs from college and our local rec center, plus old driver’s licenses, pasted on a scrapbook page. It’s sobering.

  11. lurkalot says:

    By gosh, are you ever good looking!

  12. Acilius says:

    Just the other day, they took a picture of me for a new ID card. When I saw the result, I thought I had broken a law of nature- the new picture looked better than the old one. You seem to have done the same repeatedly, so I suppose I’m not as bizarre as I’d thought.

  13. John Hinsdale says:

    I like how this shows your signature getting messier over the years, too

  14. Calico says:

    Bechdel test response

  15. Deb says:

    I’m amazed that you kept all of them! Wish I had thought of that. You look great!