posted on Aug, 15 2007 @ 02:51 PM
Ten years have passed, and now it is time to get one of these new fangled passports. I'm a traveler, and I have no choice regarding the new measures
being taken by our beloved country, so I getting one no matter what.
What I do have control over is my picture and my appearance on it. My concern being, what does my picture on my passport say about me, and how could
it prejudice a foreign (or for that matter domestic) government official, and in worst case scenario if I ended up in the hands of a group that may
wish to harm me, what would be least offensive or likely to single me out. I could end up just about anywhere in the world, so this has to extend
beyond any specific region, or cultural bias.
So my options are, what type of shirt to wear, and should I wear a tie? I travel on business quite a bit, and I am usually dressed this way. What
color should the shirt be, and if I wear a tie, what color should it be? I worked for a Japanese conglomerate in my formative years, and they forbid
the wearing of yellow ties... So this is a legitimate issue.
Should I keep my facial hair? I have had a close cropped goatee for almost ten years (full beard before that, and that's what is on my current
How should I style my hair? Normally it's a spiky flat top, but I could do just about anything.
And the last, and most common question... Should I smile? On my last passport, I have one of those "slight smile" looks (it hurt, because I was
quite hung over... But that's another story) as this was considered "benign." I really don't like the straight face mug shot look because I think
it dehumanizes, and a goofy grin can be annoying (and might be rejected).
I have light olive skin, and I can tan up quite a bit if I want to (I've got a pretty nice Kentucky Fried golden brown on my old passport), should I
fake bake a little?
I don't wear any jewelry that would be visible in this photo.
If anyone can think of anything else, please chime in.