SUBMITTED BY: Noelle Boc LOCATION: Universal Studios, California (1985)
It’s tough to line up your face in one of those hole-in-the-head photoboards. You have to make sure there’s not too much hair dangling through the hole, especially in cases when the color doesn’t match. You have to tilt your head at the perfect angle and stick out of the board enough to be visible and minimize shadows. Lastly, eye contact with the other character is critical.
With all these things to consider in a 5-second photo-op, we forgive Noelle/Scarlett for reflexively smiling while Atlanta burns to the ground.
P.S. This snapshot is 29 years old. Does anyone know if Universal Studios still has this “Gone With The Wind” photoboard?
SUBMITTED BY: The Cole Family of Colorado LOCATION: London, England (2014)
It’s not truly a family vacation until you’ve been publicly humiliated, right?
But England’s Warwick Castle takes public shaming to the next level, labeling willing tourists as drunks and thieves — and even casting a moral judgment on which crime deserves more discomfort. Perhaps the drunkard is forced on his knees to facilitate vomiting?
Note: The plastic bag wrapping is NOT forced upon all pretend drunkards. It’s actually a tourist rain poncho.
SUBMITTED BY: Barrie and Ilya Mirman LOCATION: Belfast, Maine (2014)
This nutcracker looks like a lobster, from the hue to the anatomy of the tail and claws. It even looks like the artist ran out of paint.
But this “Head in the Hole” sign board photo-op at Perry’s Nut House gets an A+ for concept.
You know who else earns an A+?
Tacky Tourist Photos co-founder Ilya Mirman for his heartfelt character acting.
(When he is not eating cashews, photographer Ilya Mirman likes to crash Vietnamese weddings.)
SUBMITTED BY: Ilya Mirman LOCATION: Maui, Hawaii (2014)
One guest rule sorely missing from the Four Seasons Resort in Maui: Don’t leave saliva on the artwork.
Here’s a better perspective on the real size of the Four Seasons mascot:
SUBMITTED BY: Mike and Denise Reiss LOCATION: Times Square, New York
We don’t know what time this picture was really taken, but it is a bit odd that Elmo works the night shift after most kids have gone to bed.
“At any one time there are four Elmos working Times Square,” Mike says. “People are beginning to miss the crack dealers!”
(Comedian Mike Reiss has been a writer/producer for “The Simpsons” and was co-creator of “The Critic.”)
SUBMITTED BY: Daryl Morey LOCATION: Orlando, Florida (2013)
The #1 Dad Responsibility? Act like a goofball for your kids.
“Dug,” the Talking Dog from the Disney/Pixar film “UP,” eagerly recreates his Squirrel pose thousands of times a day.
It’s a role that Daryl can’t resist!
(Daryl Morey is our top Tacky Tourist Photos correspondent from Houston. He previously discovered the Rabbit With the Most Facial Hair in Shanghai, China.)
SUBMITTED BY: Alexandra Pecci LOCATION: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts (2013)
On the morning after their World Series triumph, we understand the impulse to show the Red Sox mascot a healthy dose of affection.
But getting frisky with the statue of the mascot? That’s diehard!
SUBMITTED BY: Steve Buckley and Lindsay Berra LOCATION: Detroit, Michigan (2013)
Boston greets you with its cute little ducklings. Philadelphia has a giant clothespin and the LOVE sculpture. Minneapolis is proud of their giant spoon.
Detroit? Well, Detroit wants to punch you in the face.
Exploring the Motor City before the Red Sox-Tigers playoff game, Steve and Lindsay decided to get intimate with boxing legend Joe Louis’ knuckles.
Lindsay thinks Joe’s fists are amusing. In 1938, German heavyweight champion Max Schmeling wasn’t laughing.
(Steve Buckley is a sports columnist for the Boston Herald and co-author of “The Best Boston Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions For Die-Hard Boston Fans,” which might be the longest titled book ever. Follow him on Twitter @BuckinBoston)
SUBMITTED BY: Peter Hartlaub LOCATION: Gilroy, California (2013)
Mascots Gil and Roy (on right) are brother and sister cloves. Roy is actually named Royelle and supposed to be a “little bit princess, little bit tomboy.”
Gilroy Gardens is California’s only horticulture-themed amusement park, as Disney and Universal foolishly opted not to invest heavily in garlic characters or storylines. Imagine the possibilities if they did…
(Peter Hartlaub is the pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle).
SUBMITTED BY: Kurtis and Kaden Garnick LOCATION: Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada (2013)
Show a girl a rainbow and her imagination will start generating unicorns and Care Bears.
Show a boy a rainbow, and he’ll try to squeeze the life out of it or karate chop it in half.
(Check out other refracted light hilarity on Tacky Tourist Photos, such as “Rainbow Taffy.”)
SUBMITTED BY: Danny Bent LOCATION: Route 66, Northern Arizona (2013)
Phone booths are a rare sight indeed these days, let alone foreign ones on American soil. So you’ll have to forgive the enthusiasm of backflippin’ Danny Bent, who did a one-handed handstand when he saw a vandalized booth from his homeland.
This is not a camera trick. Not Photoshop. And not a special booth with hidden handles or hooks for your feet.
Danny, an endurance athlete from Britain, does these kinds of poses all the time in his CrossFit classes. Adding the “pretend phone” hand gesture is classic improvisation.
SUBMITTED BY: Jamie Thompson LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts (2013)
Remember that Driver’s Ed test where the instructor would balance a cup of coffee on the dashboard and if it spilled, you’d fail your exam?
Well, try clinging to a wild bronco (well, a stationary donkey) without spilling your Starbucks!
SUBMITTED BY: Jeff Palmucci LOCATION: Tulsa, Oklahoma (2013)
What kind of party can you throw for $8 million? One where you can afford to build a few more giant party hats, a.k.a. The Oral Roberts University Prayer Tower — but also a party without food.
In March 1987, TV evangelist Oral Roberts told his followers that he was climbing to the top of the prayer tower for a hunger strike. God had told him that if he did not raise $8 million by the end of the month, he would be “called home.”
That’s correct: The subtle fundraising pitch was “Send me money now or I’ll soon be dead.”
Can you imagine NPR or your college alumni fund’s telemarketers trying the same tactic?
But Oral got his money and Route 66 road trippers still get to enjoy one of the country’s most spiritual photo-ops.
If you really want to channel televangelist culture, Oral Roberts University is also home to the World’s Largest Praying Hands. Of course, you can depend on Tacky Tourist Photos to give you the full scoop. Stay tuned!
(Tacky Tourist Photos contributor Jeff Palmucci is a music photographer based in Massachusetts.)