TTP celebrates the goofy pictures we pose for when we let our guard down as tourists – because photos of sunsets and statues can get pretty damn boring.
We love to connect with fellow travelers who don't take themselves too seriously -- and especially seek contributions from childhood vacation albums!
"Tacky Tourist Photos: The Exhibition" is available for limited engagements at art, photography and pop culture museums that don't take themselves too seriously. Inquire at tackytouristphotos (at) gmail (dot) com.
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Our curators "take the intellectual level down" on NPR's "Here & Now" in a free-wheeling forum on offbeat travel.
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.
(The Cole Family is Colorado’s most prolific group of contributors to Tacky Tourist Photos, previously responsible for classics such as “Regurgitated Waterfall,” and “Field of Dreams.”)
Getting close to Mr. Posh Spice, but not too close. (Double click for more info)
SUBMITTED BY: Lillie Marshall LOCATION: London, England (2013)
Lillie’s smitten by David Beckham’s mannequin alter-ego at London’s Heathrow Airport. But logic wins out over lust as she keeps a “hygienic half-foot distance from the already-slobbered-on” British soccer star.
The Tewksbury Public Library does not attract as many visitors as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it nonetheless offers memories of a lifetime!
Sorry to go all regional on you, but if you happen to live in New England (or are vacationing there), come on out and meet the Tacky Tourist founders, curators, and administrative staff!
TEWKSBURY TACKY TOURIST PHOTOS NIGHT
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 Tewksbury Public Library
300 Chandler Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Join founding curator Darren Garnick as he guides you through the Do’s and Don’ts of silly travel photography and offers exclusive tips for the best vacation photo-ops within reasonable driving distance of Tewksbury. The presentation will kick off a month-long gallery exhibition of some of the world’s Tackiest snapshots.
Visitors are encouraged to bring contributions from their childhood vacation albums and their latest creative cell phone pics for group discussion and possible inclusion in an offbeat coffee table book.
Bring your cameras for bonus “Tacky Tourist” photo-ops throughout the evening. Can’t make it? No worries: Check out our Submission Guidelines and be there in spirit!
This event is held in the Meeting Room. Doors open at 6:15pm. Talks begin at 6:30pm. The room is handicap accessible. Light refreshments will be provided. A door prize will be awarded. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Register by stopping by the Reference Desk; calling 978-640-4490 ext. 205; or by clicking “register” below. Talk is FREE thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.
One of the curators of Tacky Tourist Photos bravely poses as the Poutiest Mona Lisa of All Time!
NASHUA, NH — To raise money for the Nashua Soup Kitchen, the curators of TackyTouristPhotos.com will stage a daring and ambitious piece of performance art called “Be the Mona Lisa” at the Floating Art Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Visitors will substitute their heads for the famous smiling lady immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci. Yes, this is the same Mona Lisa that survived a brutal coffee mug attack at the Louvre. Why wait in those long lines in Paris, when you can zip up Route 3 North and scoot over to the Courtyard Marriott? The excitement lasts from 6-9 p.m. and includes live music and a cash bar.
Tacky Tourist Photos will join more than a dozen artists, painters, photographers and sculptors at the charity benefit, at which a portion of sales will help one of the following causes: The Healthy NH Foundation; Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Manchester; the Nashua Humane Society; St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Children’s International; Nashua Area Artist’s Association; Nashua Soup Kitchen; New England Aquarium; Animal Rescue League of NH; and the ASPCA.
Equally significant will be the culinary experience of enjoying complimentary Tacky Appetizers, which are rumored to involve delicately sliced Hostess and Little Debbie treats.
An endless stream of tourists re-enact the famous crosswalk pose on the Beatles' last album cover -- Abbey Road. Few of the re-enactors bother to make sure one of them is barefoot, like Paul McCartney back in 1969.
SUBMITTED BY: Pete Kilroy LOCATION: North London, England
And people make fun of Trekkies?
You won’t find a more obsessed group than Beatles fans, who 40 years after the release of their last album, Abbey Road, still flock to the site of the original album cover.
Naturally, telling them it’s just a frickin’ crosswalk (or “Zebra crossing,” as the Brits say) won’t dampen their enthusiasm.
“The video was shot over three hours on a regular Tuesday afternoon. Just three hours!” says lead singer Pete Kilroy. “I have no idea how many people get hit at that crossing every year, but you’d have to think that going by the near misses (in our video), there would have to be a few.”
Thank God for politically incorrect zoos -- especially in ultra-PC Massachusetts. The Southwick Zoo in Mendon has no problems portraying boa constrictors as the societal menaces and sociopaths that they are. But what's with the sadistic chimpanzee in the birthday party hat?
SUBMITTED BY: Paul Garnick LOCATION: Mendon, Massachusetts (2009)
Massachusetts is a place where animals at state-funded zoos were recently threatened to be put on Death Row because of budget cuts.
It is also a place where gorillas throw their dung at elected officials.
With those two irrelevant Bay State zoo facts out of the way, let us say what a delight it is to come across this politically incorrect photo-op of a boa constrictor crushing children to death.
Cousins Ari (left) and Kaden have drastically different approaches to method acting, but the important thing is this: The Southwick Zoo deems it appropriate to recognize that boa constrictors are NOT nice animals.
A few miles north, the New England Aquarium bends over backwards to preach that sharks are misunderstood creatures and that if only we understood their childhoods, we would accept their predilection for devouring human flesh.
Let this zoo photo-op serve as a lesson to children everywhere: Don’t ever go in the rainforest without a huge hunting knife!