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Fri
3
Feb '12

Look, Don’t Touch

Just another naked day in Times Square....

SUBMITTED BY: Erik Paulsen   LOCATION: Times Square, New York City (2012)

When posing for a Tacky Tourist Photo, it is usually customary to embrace the quirky statue or mascot as if you are best friends.

Yet, there is something rather skeevy about getting intimate with a Naked Cowboy you just met.

Enter the brilliance of Erik, who pensively looks to the heavens, so immersed in thought that he almost doesn’t even notice the scantily-clad gent in front of the Marriott.  There’s now a proven method to pose with people when getting too close would be embarrassing or downright unhygienic.

On a side note, TTP has been at the forefront of insightful Naked Cowboy coverage rivaling the New York Post, the NY Daily News and Gawker. We’ve faithfully covered the Naked Cowboy for President campaign, the legal battle with the Naked Cowgirl and her common bond with Lady Gaga.

We’re depending on Erik to covertly capture the next chapter.

(Erik Paulsen, not to be confused with the Minnesota Congressman, is a sports video editor and photojournalist who has covered the Stanley Cup and the Tour de France. He also is a militant vegan.)

Thu
20
Oct '11

Meet the Newest Angel

INTERCHANGEABLE ANGELS -- The original "Charlie's Angels" cast went through babe detectives like tissues: Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts. Most of the turnover happened with the blondes. The tradition continues.....

SUBMITTED BY: Barrie Mirman   LOCATION: Cannes, France (2011)

Once a year, you can find movie stars like Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Lui gallivanting around Cannes during the film festival. The rest of the year you can BE them.

(On special assignment from TTP, Barrie Mirman recently crashed a wedding on the riverbanks of Vietnam).

Wed
27
Jul '11

Young John Travolta scales the Eiffel Tower

Groovy Baby! Remembering a time when bell-bottoms, tight shirts and Tacky Tourist Photos were the latest rage!

SUBMITTED BY: Raymond Hoffer    LOCATION: Paris, France (1972)

Backpacking through France after his freshman year of college, Raymond hopped from youth hostel to youth hostel in his disco duds and his copy of “Europe on $5 a Day.”

“As for my clothes, these were standard issue among college students at the time,” says Raymond. “Construction worker boots, bell bottom jeans with a wide leather belt and some kind of unique print t-shirt. I also traveled with a green Army/Navy bag over my shoulder.”

Fashions may fade, but the Eiffel Tower looks the same after all these years.

(Ray Hoffer is the publisher of “Before Disaster Strikes” magazine).

Tue
19
Jul '11

Can you spot the authentic French citizen?

How Americans can blend in with Paris society so that the locals don't hate them.

SUBMITTED BY: Mark “Pierre” Z.    LOCATION: Paris, France

You might mistake the above Parisian street scene with a photo from a 6th grade social studies book. This is what French people do in their cultured capital: smoke and wear funny hats on their way to the boulangerie.

But wait!  Something is amiss!  That French woman on the right is an obvious imposter. Everyone knows that the French are die-hard Dallas Cowboys fans and wouldn’t be caught dead in New York Giants gear.

(Mark Z. is a worldly attorney who smoked his first and last cigarette for this photo shoot).

Fri
6
Nov '09

Swine Flu humor in the Ukraine

Source: Agence France-Presse

Source: Agence France-Presse

Swine Flu is absolutely hilarious until you start choking on your own cough reflex and feel your head incinerate like a furnace.

In the glamorous city of Lviv, Ukraine, a photog from the French AFP news service just captured this authentic Ukrainian woman afraid to breath the fresh Ukrainian air.

Equally afraid is this bronze statue of legendary Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gets two snooty points for the “von” AND the hyphen.

Things could be far worse for Mr. von Sacher-Masoch. There could be a tourist picking his nose.

Mon
26
Oct '09

Leap of Faith: Tourist Joy in the City That Never Smiles

Look, Mom, I'm going to Disney World!

Look, Mom, I'm going to Disney World!

SUBMITTED BY: Brandon Seppa    LOCATION: Red Square, Moscow, Russia (2009)

Despite having whimsical cupcake churches like St. Basil’s Cathedral near the Kremlin, our Russian-born sources swear that Moscow is the city that never smiles.

That doesn’t stop the exuberant Brandon from expressing his zest for life.

Twenty years ago, this kind of nonconformity may have earned him a KGB beating. Today, maybe this lone tourist can start a chain reaction of joy.

Or maybe Putin’s boys, for old time’s sake, will beat the happiness back into his pores.

(Globetrotter Brandon Seppa is one of the architects of Tacky Tourist France Week).

Wed
14
Oct '09

Big Fat Lies: Is there any link between tourism and obesity?

Is the Fat American Tourist stereotype accurate or a devious propaganda campaign launched by Canada and France?

Is the Fat American Tourist stereotype accurate or a devious propaganda campaign launched by Canada and France?

Tourists do consume a lot of fried dough, candy apples and cotton candy.

But where is the scientific evidence that tourists are any more overweight than their non-vacationing peers?

If you are as outraged as we are about this hateful stereotype, please send a donation to the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance in our name!

Or heck, if you’re enamored by this image, you can own it for only $19.95.

Given our fascination with tackiness, we open the floor to you, TTP fans….

WHAT IS THE TACKIEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME YOU’VE EVER SEEN?

Please email stories, pictures and links to tackytouristphotos@gmail.com

Sat
19
Sep '09

Reinventing the Wheel

French farmers tolerate goofy American tourists who have never seen hay before -- no friendly warning shots were fired.

French farmers tolerate goofy American tourists who have never seen hay before -- no friendly warning shots were fired.

SUBMITTED BY: Barrie Mirman   LOCATION: Somewhere in the French Countryside (2009)

The man in this picture has multiple engineering degrees from prestigious universities.

Yet, it does not register to him that rolling a square is a lot tougher than rolling a circle!

(Barrie Mirman is thrilled to be married to the co-founder of Tacky Tourist Photos. Click here to celebrate the rest of the First Annual Tacky Tourist France Week!)

Fri
18
Sep '09

Mona Lisa Gridlock

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SUBMITTED BY: Ilya Mirman      LOCATION: The Louvre, Paris, France (2009)

Is ANY painting or ANY museum exhibit worth waiting in lines longer than the Outback Steakhouse on a Saturday?

Is it possible to enjoy the Mona Lisa when you know there are dozens of people hovering behind you, wishing that you would disappear?

No wonder why the coffee mug chick lost her mind.

Lines at the Louvre

Lines at the Louvre

Tacky Tourist Photos co-founder Ilya Mirman tried flashing his TTP card, but he has to wait in line just like everyone else.

Tacky Tourist Photos co-founder Ilya Mirman tried flashing his TTP card, but he has to wait in line just like everyone else.

(Ilya Mirman is the co-founder of Tacky Tourist Photos.  Click here to celebrate the rest of Tacky Tourist France Week!)

Fri
18
Sep '09

Even backgammon is more romantic in France

It would have been more artistic if it were two Eiffel Towers wrapped around each other...

It would have been more artistic if it were two Eiffel Towers wrapped around each other...

These dice need no elaboration, however, it is odd they are being marketed next to Eiffel keychains and coasters. Nice product placement, souvenir store guy!

Thu
17
Sep '09

In-Seine: Frustrated future Olympic gymnast or clumsy tourist buffoon?

Some tourists go to museums; Others search for random stuff to climb.

Some tourists go to museums; Others search for random stuff to climb.

SUBMITTED BY: Andreas Papaioannides   LOCATION: Seine River, Paris, France (2009)

How many American tourists does it take to hang on an iron ship anchor ring?

We don’t resolve that question here because two of these three guys are citizens of Greece.  We won’t tell you which ones, because, well, Tacky Tourist Photos believes we are all citizens of the world.  And that nationalities serve only to divide people (sorry, we were just listening to the digitally remastered John Lennon CDs).

Let’s just say that it’s the American way to climb things you aren’t supposed to be climbing.

Next time guys, try vacationing with Nadia Comaneci or Mary Lou Retton.

WE LOVE MARY LOU RETTON!

(Ironically, Andreas Papaioannides is a prominent health club owner in Greater Athens. He’s lost all of his gymnastics clients to the Romanians).

Click here to celebrate the rest of Tacky Tourist France Week

Wed
16
Sep '09

Footsies (or yoga) at the Louvre? What are these tourists doing?

Playing footsies in the shadows of the Arc de Triomphe

Playing footsies in the shadows of the Arc de Triomphe

SUBMITTED BY: Ilya Mirman    LOCATION: Louvre Fountains — Paris, France (2009)

This is either an inside joke or the next Benneton jeans ad.

Strike that. If this were a Benneton ad, there would be a female priest and a female rabbi making out, with each one being a different ethnicity just to rile up people who get riled up over that sort of thing. Oh, they’d be wearing wet t-shirts, too.

This clearly is an inside joke.  Are these young women doing yoga?  Playing footsies?  Any theories?

Please help us decode this tourist mystery in the comments section below….

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(Ilya Mirman is the co-founder of Tacky Tourist Photos).


If you find Footsies at the Louvre stimulating, you’ll just LOVE:
Godzilla at the Louvre; and
– Why Souvenir Coffee Mugs Should Be Banned from the Louvre.

Click here to celebrate the rest of Tacky Tourist France Week

Tue
15
Sep '09

The Eiffel Tower Dunce Cap

Coming to a Paris souvenir shop near you!

Coming to a Paris souvenir shop near you!

SUBMITTED BY: Brandon Pusey    LOCATION: Paris, France (2009)

OK, so this Eiffel Tower hat trick isn’t perfect. The white tourist van protruding from Brandon’s cheek kills the magic. It’s extremely difficult to coax foreigners to choose a different parking space — especially in a foreign language in a foreign land.

It should be noted that Tacky Tourist Photos NEVER alters our pictures with Photoshop, Aperture or any other enhancement software.

Also, Tacky Tourist Photo models do not wear any special make-up that they would not otherwise wear in daily civilian life.

But back to the hat. And the van.

The reason why this photo still makes the cut is Brandon’s underrated acting. Note the furrowed brow of confusion, the vacant zombie eyes, the subtle hand gesture toward the tower…

For the new emerging fashion of Eiffel Tower Dunce Caps, this pose is sheer genius!

(Travel junkie Brandon Pusey is a grassroots folk, blues, Americana musician whose toe-tapping pulse and good-time vibe has established him on the music scene in Paris.)

Click here to celebrate the rest of Tacky Tourist France Week

Mon
14
Sep '09

Improv at the Eiffel: 6 photography tricks you can stage at any world landmark

Behind the scenes at Tacky Tourist Photos France Week

Behind the scenes at Tacky Tourist Photos France Week

SUBMITTED BY: Brandon Seppa, Tara Seppa, Ilya Mirman, Barrie Mirman, and Brandon Pusey
LOCATION: Paris, France (2009)

We launch France Week with perhaps the most iconic tacky tourist landmark besides the Leaning Miniskirt of Pisa.

Our Tacky Team skipped over the traditional hold-the-famous-landmark-in-your-palm and goofed around with other poses. Unlike the congested trick photography lanes in front of Pisa, we were the only ones snapping Eiffel Tower POV shots at this particular hour — and we got lots of stares from Parisian pedestrians.

1. ATTACK OF THE 900-FOOT-TALL WOMAN

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2. PUSH AND SHOVE

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3. ELBOW GREASE

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4. WHERE SHOULD I PUT THIS?

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5. THE MODEL RAILROAD PROP

Hand modeling by Barrie Mirman

Hand modeling by Barrie Mirman


6. PLUCKED LIKE A DAISY

Hand modeling by Barrie Mirman

Hand modeling by Barrie Mirman


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Tara Seppa, a.k.a. the 900-foot-tall woman, shares her exclusive Paris travelogue here.  Her hubby Brandon, takes gorgeous photographs of fireworks and fungus.

Did we miss any classic Eiffel poses? Send us your favorite Eiffel Tower snapshots to tackytouristphotos@gmail.com

Click here to celebrate the rest of Tacky Tourist France Week

Sun
13
Sep '09

Tacky Tourist Photos announces the launch of FRANCE WEEK!

Tacky Tourist Photos proudly announces the launch of France Week!

Tacky Tourist Photos proudly announces the launch of France Week!

France means many things to many people.

For military strategists, it is a place to ruminate about the dumbest national defense plan EVER, the Maginot Line.

For Sylvester Stallone fans, it is the place where Sly once played goalie against an All-Star Gestapo soccer team and showed that anything is possible if you grunt and snarl with enough passion.

And for Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis, and Molly Ringwald, it is a place to be worshiped and respected.

Tacky Tourist Photos just had a team of seven correspondents gallivant around Paris in search of primo photo-ops.  You won’t be disappointed with what they found.

If you would like to be involved with a future TTP Theme Week, let us know about your upcoming travel plans!

In addition to fame and creative sustenance, you might be blessed with a complimentary Tacky Tourist Photos t-shirt!

TACKY TOURIST FRANCE WEEK — THE LINE-UP

MondayImprov at the Eiffel: 6 photography tricks you can stage at any world landmark!

TuesdayThe Eiffel Tower Dunce Cap

WednesdayFootsies or Yoga at the Louvre?

ThursdayIn-Seine: Olympic Gymnast or Clumsy Tourist?

Friday - Romantic French Dice and Mona Lisa Gridlock

SaturdayReinventing the Wheel

BONUS FRENCH BONANZA:
Godzilla at the Louvre; and
– Why Souvenir Coffee Mugs Should Be Banned from the Louvre.