It’s not that inhalant abuse is a particularly laughing matter. Far from it. It’s just that the mug shots which comes as a result of huffing paint are legendary, and we’ve seen some incredible face-painted mug shots through the years. This guy‘s sad, stirring montage immediately comes to mind.
We have a new winner, if only for the stoned smile. Meet Kelly Gene Gibson, who put on his best metallic face for his latest arrest. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your face on drugs:
Gibson’s latest arrest was his 48th since 1992, according to WANE. The Fort Wayne, Indiana man’s wife, Elizabeth Gibson, said she and her husband Kelly had been in an argument and he had gone upstairs to huff paint, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department report: “When the officer opened the door, the entire apartment smelled of paint fumes and Kelly was found sitting on the couch with his shirt off, and his hands, mouth, nose and chin covered in silver paint. Police said Kelly had a can of silver spray paint in his right hand and a paint-covered plastic bag in his left.”
If you’d like to see some exclusive footage of the moments leading up to the arrest, this is a reasonable facsimile of what unfolded in Gibson’s apartment before cops showed up to harsh his buzz:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, for its part, says that national surveys indicate that nearly 22.3 million Americans have used inhalants at least once in their lives, and that “14.9 percent of 8th-graders have used inhalants.” Maybe you just have to be arrested 48 times to be scared straight.