What We Loved This Week, Aug. 28 – Sept. 3

Published September 2, 2016
Updated September 16, 2016

Vintage celeb driver’s licenses, 1980s punk style, growing up in Chernobyl, animals saved from world’s worst zoo, and brutal scenes from Mexico’s drug war.

Vintage Drivers Licenses

Vintage EverydayMichael Jackson’s Malibu Grand Prix Racing license.

The Most Badass Vintage Drivers’ Licenses Of Famous Icons

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Vintage EverydayRobert De Niro’s taxicab licence from 1976.

The idolization of celebrities has been occurring since the beginning of Hollywood, often raising movie stars, musicians, and the likes on a pedestal. So it’s easy to forget that besides their fame, they’re just like us. They need to eat, rest, and take driver’s education, like everyone else.

Here’s a look at some of the coolest old-school drivers’ licenses. View more at Vintage Everyday.

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Vintage EverydayJohnny Cash’s California driver’s license issued in 1964.

1980s Punk Style In London

Punk Girls

Robin Laurance/The Washington Post

In the 1980s, the The Washington Post commissioned British photographer Robin Laurance to document London’s thriving punk scene. The punk fashion scene, led by designer Vivienne Westwood, was wild, attention-grabbing, audacious — and became iconic. Punk style represented individuality, freedom of expression, and pushed back against the uptight British establishment.

See more photos at Vintage Everyday.

Punk Hair

Robin Laurance/The Washington Post

Punk Piercings

Robin Laurance/The Washington Post

Photographer Highlights What It’s Like To Grow Up Near Chernobyl

Chernobyl Playground

Niels AckermannA young boy demonstrating acrobatic sports on a fixed bar in a playground of the Baykivskyi area of Slavutich, Ukraine.

Nuclear meltdown wrought total havoc and destruction on Chernobyl, Ukraine, which makes photographer Niels Ackermann’s photos of the region all the more remarkable.

Seeking to tell the story of a Ukraine outside its current conflict, Ackermann headed to Slavutich, a community built for Chernobyl nuclear plant workers in 1986.

Over the course of three years, Ackermann got to know and took photos of the 25,000-person town’s residents, noting that the average age was among the lowest in the country. In Slavutich, Ackermann notes, the drinks flow freely and the parties last for a long time. Indeed, as one young resident told Ackermann, “more people die here because of alcohol and drugs than radioactivity.”

See all of Ackermann’s photos — for which he just won the prestigious Rémi Ochlik award — at the New York Times.

Chernobyl Paint

Niels AckermannResident named Yulia scrapes the old wallpaper in the kitchen of her Slavutich apartment.

Chernobyl Pool

Niels AckermannYulia and Zhenya looking at the sunset from the port on the Dnieper.

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