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Tue
30
Aug '11

Topless Marilyn

Something missing, Miss Monroe? (Click photo for larger image).

SUBMITTED BY: Leigh Hanlon   LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois (2011)

Will the keywords “Marilyn Monroe” and “topless” send Tacky Tourist Photos’ web traffic through the stratosphere?

Maybe if this were still the year 1962.

(Photographer Leigh Hanlon, aka “The Chicago Cowboy,” blogs at ChicagoScope.com. Curious about this half-finished statue? Check out our Cheeky Controversy post about Chicago’s kitschiest tourist attraction).

Sat
20
Aug '11

Cheeky Controversy

Whattya starin' at? Tourists feel no need for subtlety at Marilyn Monroe's famous "Seven Year Itch" scene recreated on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. (Photo credit: Michael Yen -- click pic for close-up view)

SUBMITTED BY: Various Artists   LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois (2011)

Is the 26-foot tribute to Marilyn Monroe a magnet for pop culture perverts or just harmless fun?

Our Tacky Tourist correspondents report there is plenty of evidence to support both scenarios.

“Although the sculpture itself isn’t anything groundbreaking and it would probably be better located in New York, it definitely causes a reaction,” says photographer Michael Yen, who analyzes tourists on a scale of Coy-to-Crude on his Facebook page. “I like the statue because it does that.”

“It was interesting to see people boldly go up and take it all in or decide to stay in front of the statue and not take a peek — and then perhaps go and take a peek anyway,” he adds.

Yen reports that he saw some fellow visitors pretending to lick Marilyn’s feet, noting it “gives people a free pass to act however they want.”

Some gregarious tourists expressed just pure joy about the giant fiberglass actress invading the Windy City.

Photo by Dan Eidsmoe (Click for larger image)

Others, like Casual Briefcase Guy, acted like Marilyn’s legs were just another thing to lean on, like a lamp post or telephone pole.

Photo by Fredy Peralta (Click for larger image).

Nothing bonds a couple closer together than wrapping around a gorgeous calf.

Photo by Ewa Malcher (Click for larger image)

And if you’ve been married for a really long time, you have to look down and pretend not to notice things like this.

Photo by Dan Eidsmoe (Click for larger image)

Photographer Dan Eidsmoe says he doesn’t think Marilyn’s sex appeal stretches well at 26 feet. “The attraction will wear off rather quickly,” he predicts. “The face and hair of the statue are very plastic looking.  Have you ever eaten at a Big Boy restaurant?”

Plastic or not, foot fetishists will be very disappointed by the World’s Grimiest Pedicure. As an aside, check out the diamond-studded flip-flops on the three-legged woman to the right of this kid’s Crocs.

Photo by John Picken (Click for larger image).

(Marilyn Monroe is supposed to be towering over Chicago until the spring of 2012. She replaces the American Gothic couple in Tribune Towers Plaza.)

Fri
22
Apr '11

Good Hands, Bad Manners

Baseball Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio gets a little frisky outside U.S. Cellular Field, a.k.a. "The Cell," a.k.a. New Comiskey Park, before a White Sox game.

SUBMITTED BY: Diane Garnick LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois (2010)

Luis Aparicio’s Hall of Fame plaque mentions his 1956 Rookie of the Year Award, his nine Gold Gloves at shortstop, his nine stolen base crowns and his career fielding records for double plays and assists.

But it says nothing about his love for the ladies.  By the way, Diane’s shirt reads: “Real women don’t date Yankees fans.”

(Diane Garnick, the “Princess of Perseverance,”  is a Sox-loving — Bosox and Chisox — investment strategist and author of the upcoming career advice book “I’m Smarter Than My Boss. Now What?” You can follow her travel hijinks on her Facebook page).

Check out these other fun TTP poses at famous sports statues:

Bobby Orr: NHL hockey legends falling from the sky!
Kirby Puckett: Roly Poly Bronzed Enthusiasm.
Tiger Woods: Before he got caught.
Shaq O’Neal: The Human Statue.
Red Auerbach: A new definition of the basketball pick.

Mon
21
Mar '11

Things to do in Chicago besides the architectural boat tour

Plan B: What to do in Chicago when the Cubs aren't in town.

SUBMITTED BY: Diane Garnick    LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois (2011)

Sure, the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, the funky fountain at Millennium Park, and the architectural boat tour should be on your shortlist, but don’t overlook Chicago’s world class selection of pharmacies!

(Diane Garnick is a Red Sox-worshiping Wall Street guru and founder of Ladies in Red, a charity that requires donors to wear slinky red dresses. She believes her batting stance is significantly enhanced by high heels.)

Sun
19
Sep '10

Pumped About Pasta

Historic macaroni steps away from Boston's Freedom Trail

SUBMITTED BY: Peter K. LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts (2010)

When you’re tracing the footsteps of Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Sam Adams and John Hancock, seeing a giant Mac & Cheese noodle just seems natural. Looks like it’s now the official comfort food of the American Revolution.

And, also the official comfort food of the Windy City:

Stretching the pasta love at Chicago's Navy Pier

SUBMITTED BY: Wendi Steiner Traxler LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois (2010)

Kudos’ to Wendi’s super-flexible daughter Allison for being more bendable than rubbery, overcooked pasta!

Mon
30
Aug '10

High-Tech Backwash

SALIVA ART -- Chicago's Crown Fountain at Millennium Park projects the faces of 1,000 ordinary citizens on a LED Screen-plated tower, creating the illusion that they are spouting out water like a statue.

SUBMITTED BY: Beth H. LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois (2010)

Nothing’s classier than modern art that spits in your hand!

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain is a modern spin on the tradition of using gargoyles and mythological beasts to spout water in fountains.

Sat
10
Apr '10

Brides of Clooney Speak

If you love the “Marrying George Clooney” slideshow, you probably wish you knew the motivation and mindset of each bride.

Wish granted. For the first time ANYWHERE, here are the voices of George Clooney’s brides!

JUDIEANN T. (California) -- Lots of people were passing up the photo op with Mr. Clooney - perhaps to avoid the embarrassment of other people pointing and laughing, but how could I pass it up?!

JUDIEANN T. (California) -- Lots of people were passing up the photo op with Mr. Clooney - perhaps to avoid the embarrassment of other people pointing and laughing, but how could I pass it up?!

ALLISON S. (North Carolina) -- "Personally, I think they should make it Johnny Depp, but I guess I could settle on George Clooney!"

ALLISON S. (North Carolina) - "I think they should make it Johnny Depp, but I guess I could settle."

BRITTANY T. (California) -- "When we walked up to the scene, my mom was like "Look! It's every girl's dream! You can marry George Clooney!" My boyfriend said, "Luckily for me, Brittany doesn't have that particular dream." To which I replied, "How do YOU know?" After that, all the pictures we took resulted in him threatening George with a prop."

BRITTANY T. (California) -- "When we walked up to the scene, my mom was like "Look! It's every girl's dream! You can marry George Clooney!" My boyfriend said, "Luckily for me, Brittany doesn't have that particular dream." To which I replied, "How do YOU know?" After that, all the pictures were of him threatening George."

ILYA (Massachusetts) -- "George is great, but my eye is on the larger prize: every "Oceans 11" star is a target."

ILYA (Massachusetts) -- "George is great, but my eye is on the larger prize: every "Oceans 11" star is a target."

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VAL S. -- "Nothing will confuse the crap out of people more than a lesbian in a ball cap wearing a wedding dress pretending to marry a dude!"

RON N. -- As Shauna and I both saw George Clooney, at the same time we said he is HOT.  That's when Shauna said, "You should pose with him in that wedding dress!" Well, she put me up to the dare and I had to take it.  The rest is history!

RON N. -- As Shauna and I both saw George Clooney, at the same time we said he is HOT. That's when Shauna said, "You should pose with him in that wedding dress!" Well, she put me up to the dare and I had to take it. The rest is history!

HILARY M. (North Carolina) -- "We went to the Wax museum the day after our wedding in Vegas. That's why my hair was all done up. We got married by Elvis at The Graceland Chapel. I definitely recommend it, way cheaper than a regular wedding!"

HILARY M. (North Carolina) -- "We went to the wax museum the day after our wedding in Vegas. That's why my hair was all done up. We got married by Elvis at The Graceland Chapel. I definitely recommend it, way cheaper than a regular wedding!"

ABBEY H. (Illinois) -- "George is not even facing either one of us. He's completely not involved in whatever polygamous drama is going on."

ABBEY H. (Illinois) -- "George is not even facing either one of us. He's completely not involved in whatever polygamous drama is going on."

ASHLEY B. -- "I can't even think STRAIGHT!"

ASHLEY B. -- "I can't even think STRAIGHT!"

(If you have recently married or committed adultery with a wax celebrity, please share the incriminating photos with us!)

Tue
23
Feb '10

President Barack Obama poses for a Tacky Tourist Photo

U.S. Senator Barack Obama does his best Superman pose after a town hall meeting in Metropolis, Illinois

U.S. Senator Barack Obama does his best Superman pose after a town hall meeting in Metropolis, Illinois

Barack Obama has millions of friends. Barack Obama has millions of enemies.

We don’t get caught up in domestic political squabbles here at Tacky Tourist Photos, although we do occasionally stick our nose into international affairs.

Bottom line is this.  TTP loves Barack Obama for fulfilling our spirit and mission during this 2006 campaign stop.

We invite him and all former U.S. Presidents still alive to continue this practice and pose with the Red Auerbach statue in Boston, the Anne of Green Gables statue on Prince Edward Island, the chorus line creature on Martha’s Vineyard and the stale Michael Jackson marzipan sculpture in Hungary.

(Thanks to conservative radio talk show host Michael Graham for unearthing this gem on his Natural Truth blog).

Fri
24
Jul '09

Hey, are you calling me tacky?

For real. Barack Obama pretends he is Superman after a 2006 town meeting in Metropolis, Illinois.

For real. Barack Obama pretends he is Superman after a 2006 town meeting in Metropolis, Illinois.

NOTHING is more nauseating than a valedictorian starting his or her speech by quoting from Webster’s Dictionary — or any dictionary.

We know that “tacky” has a negative connotation amongst the dictionary-reading public. But we consider “tacky” to be a good thing.

We liken it to “kitschy.” The reason we did not call this project Kitschy Tourist Photos is because it would kill the alliteration.

We love to connect with other travelers not afraid to act a little goofy sometimes and who do not take themselves too seriously.

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