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Jul '11

Are the Houston Rockets scouting for new mascots in China?

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey hams it up with an inflatable bunny at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai.

SUBMITTED BY: Daryl Morey   LOCATION: Shanghai, China (2011)

Our sources have spotted Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, meeting with a giant inflatable rabbit and his alien friend in the Chinese countryside. Given that our source is Daryl Morey, we believe that the reports are accurate.

The creepy bunny with facial hair greets visitors at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai. Turns out that the rabbit is superfluous to the games — the actual mascot is dangling from his arm. Jing Jing, a pair of swimming goggles come alive, is skilled at diving, water polo and synchronized swimming, but is getting nasty reviews from graphic design and marketing experts.

Could Morey be secretly recruiting new mascots overseas?  Doubtful.  He was in China to pay tribute to retiring Rockets legend Yao Ming.  And current fan favorite “Clutch the Rockets Bear,” a member of the Mascot Hall of Fame, remains as popular as ever.

Lest there be any doubts about Clutch’s immediate future, he is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at Clutch’s Fantasy Mascot Camp next weekend AND is still booking gigs for corporate meetings, high school basketball games and middle school pep rallies.

The soulless rabbit (or bodyless goggles) pose no threat to him.

(Daryl Morey is the general manager of the Houston Rockets and boss of Clutch the Bear, whom you can friend on Facebook.)


* Shaq to Fans: “I’ll pose for a Tacky Tourist Photo!”
* Kissing Up to the Celtics Dynasty – Locking Lips with Red Auerbach.
* Larry Bird: Do I look fat in these basketball shorts?

Dec '13

Squirrel! (Who Says Disney is Just For Kids?)

Hamming it "UP" with Dug at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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.)

Dec '11

Show us your Great Wall dance moves

We’ve previously showcased some great improvisational acting on the Great Wall of China, such as TTP star correspondent Brian Henderson’s “Where Can I Find a Decent Chinese Restaurant?” pose.  But YouTube dance star Nonstop really kicks things up a notch!




Dec '11

“Tacky Tourist Photos LIVE!” delights the critics

Snapping the Mommy Lisa: Librarian Noelle Boc shares an artistic moment with her daughter Isabelle at Tewksbury Tacky Tourist Photos Night.

If the hushed chatter in the hallowed halls of Tewksbury Public Library is any indication, it looks like “Tacky Tourist Photos Live” is a bona fide smash sensation!

If you happen to live within 300 miles of the Greater Tewksbury area, load your family up in the station wagon for a photography exhibition that will create lasting memories for a lifetime!

As the Lowell Sun eloquently puts it, “secret admirers of roadside kitsch, wacky road signs, and offbeat travel photo ops will revel in the newest exhibit” at the TPL!”

Don’t think that the show is worth all those exclamation points?  Think again!!!

What if Leonardo Da Vinci had more canvas?

Library visitors can pose as the Mona Lisa for the month of December without the laborious effort of visiting the Louvre and all the annoying crowds that it entails. Pretty eerie how perfectly the outfits above match, huh? It’s almost as if the Tacky Tourist Photos exhibition was sponsored by “Project Runway.”

Hair's to You, Mona -- Lining up the hair parts isn't always easy.

The Katie Lisa is really a blonde with dark roots.

Aside from the fun-spirited photo sessions and potentially award-winning presentation, many believe that the highlight of the evening was a candid “Inside the Actor’s Studio” chat with Tacky Tourist Photos model Brian Henderson.

You might know him as the brains and the handsome mug behind such TTP classics as “Golden Gate Appetizer,” “Uganda Tourist Trap,” “Dr. Seuss Chorus Line” and “Where Can I Find a Decent Chinese Restaurant?”

Brian wowed the audience with live DVD-style commentary of what was going on his mind before, during and after each pose.

If you’d like to explore bringing the Tacky Tourist Photos exhibition to your museum, school, public library, birthday party, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, luxury resort or cruise ship, please drop us a line at tackytouristphotos@gmail.com.

Nov '10

Meet the Chinese Gumby

Haibao, the official mascot of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo

SUBMITTED BY: Brian Henderson    LOCATION: Huangshan, China (2010)

The World Expo, the global equivalent of a county fair, used to be a pretty big deal.  TTP remembers hearing their parents talk about the 1964 New York World’s Fair and the 1967 Montreal Expo, which became the namesake of the short-lived baseball team.

We had no idea it was still going on.

China expected about 70 million people to show up to the Shanghai Expo, and to boost the tourist marketing effort they created a mascot that looks like a wad of chewing gum.

Haibao, which means “Treasure of the Seas,” is actually based on the shape of the Chinese character for “people.”  The Chinese government says this mascot was chosen from 26,655 designs submitted by “common people.”

Common people who ripped off Gumby.

(Photojournalist Brian Henderson is one of the most prolific contributors to Tacky Tourist Photos).

Oct '10

Least Intimidating Military Guards of All Time

Although Brian wouldn't verbally commit to who his favorite non-terracotta soldier was, his body language says it all.

SUBMITTED BY: Brian Henderson   LOCATION: Xian, China (2010)

Sorry, but when your military is wearing leather skirts and Las Vegas showgirl hats, you don’t scare us.

(Brian Henderson is a well-traveled photojournalist with a passion for silly dance poses).

Oct '10

Where can I find a decent Chinese restaurant?

Diehard Bugs Bunny fan Brian Henderson asks, "Which way to Beijing? I knew I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque!"

SUBMITTED BY: Brian Henderson   LOCATION: Mutianyu, China (2010)

There are some places where a GPS won’t help you.

(Photojournalist Brian Henderson is one of our most prolific Tacky Tourist models, entertaining people from San Francisco‘s Golden Gate Bridge to Uganda‘s Imaginary Equator Line!)

Nov '09

Chinese government bans tacky souvenirs dressing Barack Obama in a Mao Zedong costume

The Chinese government deemed this Obama-Mao (or ObaMao) souvenir t-shirt to be contraband

The Chinese government deemed this Obama-Mao (or ObaMao) souvenir t-shirt to be contraband

When the Chinese government politely asks a t-shirt designer to stop selling political parody, there’s really only one underlying question to take into consideration:

“Hmmmm… Would I rather have a few hundred dollars or have tanks run over me and my souvenir shop?

These Obama-Mao shirts were selling as fun kitsch, like the cute Maoist terrorist purse that got actress Cameron Diaz in trouble, but ironically they look like they were designed by the Republican National Committee!

In any case, CNN correspondent Emily Chang was much braver when the stormtroopers came to take her t-shirt away. Astonishingly, she refused to surrender it, even after being detained for two hours.

For the record, Obama-Mao coin purses were outselling the t-shirts by a 3:1 margin.

If the Chinese government is going ballistic over a simple cut-and-paste job like ObaMao, I wonder what they would do to the graphic artist who created this Cosmopolitan cover:

It is fair to say that if this Photoshop whiz dares to step foot in China, he or she will get the living crap beaten out of them

It is fair to say that if this Photoshop whiz dares to step foot in China, he or she will get the living crap beaten out of them

(Source: Threedonia.com )

Aug '09

Heartless Hollywood Snub: Why Christopher Guest should boycott the Chinese Oscars

Ben Stiller is the only actor to get English billing on this Chinese movie poster for Night at the Museum 2

Ben Stiller is the only actor to get English billing on this movie poster for Night at the Museum 2

SUBMITTED BY: Mark Zackin        LOCATION: Hong Kong, China

Blah, blah, blah, blah, Ben Stiller, blah, blah, blah.

We Americans often assume that the entire world speaks English and we grow very impatient when foreign movies hire foreign-speaking actors who require subtitles.

Here, in the heart of Hong Kong’s commercial district, is evidence that many foreigners do not read English.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian stars Ben Stiller, Christopher Guest, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, Bill Hader and even George Foreman. Yet, the only actor credited in English on the poster is Stiller.

Puzzling.  Are the rest of the stars in this movie even credited in Chinese?

If we were Hank Azaria or Christopher Guest, we’d be bitter.

Oh, the stoic boy posing by the octopus tentacle is Connecticut fifth grader Ari Zackin. At age 11, he’s almost as tall as Napoleon.

(Mark Zackin is a pop culture-obsessed attorney who like to memorize movie lines. He blogs at http://zackinfamily.wordpress.com/)

Jul '09

The Titanic Inflatable Slide: Women and children first!

The Titanic Inflatable Slide (iceberg not included)

The Titanic Inflatable Slide (iceberg not included)

SUBMITTED BY: Tacky Tourist Photos LOCATION: County fairs across North America (2009)

Not sure if this amusement park gem comes with the option to float face down in ice water next to a Leonardo DiCaprio dummy, but according to RideAccidents.com, it has a haunted legacy.

There is no indication that anyone has died from heavy furniture bouncing down the deck, though.

The curators at Tacky Tourist Photos.com remember an eerily happy summer camp song that went something like this: “It was sad, so sad! It was sad, so sad! It was sad when the Great Ship went down — to the bottom of the sea! Little kiddies lost their lives!”

Click here if you would like to buy a Titanic slide (with the lovely optional iceberg accessory) for your child’s next birthday party.


Has anyone out there given this a test ride?!