Pictures of celebrities riding public transit?
March 25, 2013 9:58 AM   Subscribe

We're looking for photos of famous people riding public transit for a Facebook page that fights prejudice against public transportation.

In my city, public transportation is seen as something for the lower class.
We're trying to frame it as something cool and rebellious, that goes against mainstream capitalist expectations of getting rich and buying a car, humanizes the city, etc.

So we're looking for photos of famous alternative people, say Kerouac in a bus in 1953, or Afrika Baambaata riding the subway in 1980, suitable for making some memes in memegenerator. Help us out? Thanks!
posted by Tom-B to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
The Ramones taking the subway to a gig.
posted by otolith at 10:03 AM on March 25, 2013

You have Jay Z riding the subway right?
posted by magnetsphere at 10:05 AM on March 25, 2013

Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
posted by primethyme at 10:06 AM on March 25, 2013

Ha! I was about to post that Ramones pic. Here's another one from the same shoot, with credit info.
posted by neroli at 10:06 AM on March 25, 2013

Prince Charles.
posted by mibo at 10:07 AM on March 25, 2013 [2 favorites]

The current royals on Go Fug Yourself on public transit (not really riding, though).
posted by crush-onastick at 10:10 AM on March 25, 2013

David Bowie and Mick Ronson have lunch on the train to Aberdeen.
posted by scody at 10:12 AM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Doesn't NYC Mayor Bloomberg always take the subway to work?
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 10:16 AM on March 25, 2013

Lost my photo of Paul Krugman on the DC Metro.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:17 AM on March 25, 2013

Paul McCartney.
posted by timsteil at 10:38 AM on March 25, 2013

Studs Terkel was a regular on the bus in my neighborhood, back in the day.
posted by she's not there at 10:39 AM on March 25, 2013

Here's a tumblr with lots of pics of celebrities on the NYC subway.
posted by Pineapplicious at 10:40 AM on March 25, 2013

Maybe this is too obvious, but if you're looking for someone cool and rebellious on a bus...
posted by threeants at 10:42 AM on March 25, 2013

(In case she's not well-known in Brazil, that's Rosa Parks.)
posted by threeants at 10:47 AM on March 25, 2013

Vincent Kartheiser (from Mad Men) famously rides the Metro around LA.
posted by dottiechang at 10:58 AM on March 25, 2013

You might poke around the Metro Library site from Los Angeles.
Our historic legacy of photographs, manuscripts, and other items document the important and unique role of transportation in Southern California history and culture
Not sure what they have online, but they could also have pointers to other resources.
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:17 AM on March 25, 2013

Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross
posted by marsha56 at 11:20 AM on March 25, 2013

Pope Francis on the subway in Buenos Aires
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:26 AM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

David Bowie.
posted by Dragonness at 11:36 AM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Are you planning on licensing these or getting permission from the photographers? Not all linked above are in public domain, nor is your use really Fair Use.
posted by Ideefixe at 11:39 AM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by Smallpox at 12:17 PM on March 25, 2013

Ideefixe, were you considering that he's in Brazil, according to his profile?
posted by benbenson at 12:53 PM on March 25, 2013 [1 favorite]

Joe Flacco (QB for the Superbowl Champs the Baltimore Ravens) taking the free airport parking lot shuttle -- AFTER signing his $120m contract.
posted by capnsue at 1:24 PM on March 25, 2013

For those loving celebrities like the Queen and other Brit celebs then this site will do.

The link showing Kim Wilde serenading tube riders with Kids in America is amusing.
posted by jadepearl at 5:01 PM on March 25, 2013

Hi Ideefixe, thanks for your concern! But we're in Brazil, our law iis pretty liberal in a case like this: non-profit, educational and social use.
posted by Tom-B at 6:17 PM on March 26, 2013

Great suggestions, thanks everyone! I've posted a few and they're a big hit. Forgot to mention, SCENES FROM MOVIES are also ok! Like say De Niro driving a bus in Bronx Tale or the Warriors riding the subway. So keep 'em coming, thanks!
posted by Tom-B at 6:21 AM on March 28, 2013

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