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Oct '13

How to Prove Your Love For The Red Sox

Wally the Green Monster

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!

(Alex Pecci is a freelance writer and cooking enthusiast based in New Hampshire. Follow her exploits at her “Burning Down My Kitchen” blog.)

Dec '12

Fairy Tale Casualty

Story Land Disaster: Pumpkin carriages are a menace on the roads.

SUBMITTED BY: Peter and Nancy B.   LOCATION: Glen, New Hampshire (2012)

“Police described the vehicle as plump and orange with no license plates…”  (Sorry, we can’t be any more clever than that. Vehicular homicide and drunk driving jokes don’t play well with our demographic).

Aug '12

Gator Appetizers at Happy Hour

Home of MTV's "Jersey Shore"

SUBMITTED BY: Ari G.   LOCATION: Seaside Heights, New Jersey (2012)

When Curly Fries, Fried Pickles or Salt Water Taffy won’t do… there’s a snack for every kind of customer strolling the Jersey boardwalks.

(Ari G. is a New Hampshire fifth grader who recently won the Sphinx Rodeo).

May '12

Stop Roman Around and Sing!

New Hampshire Magazine editor Rick Broussard, caught here relaxing during the City and Regional Magazine Association Conference, never leaves home without his ukulele!

SUBMITTED BY: Rick Broussard   LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada (2012)

Chorus of the Gods?  Rick’s melodic enthusiasm has little effect on his stiff back-up singers!

If you happen to be at Caesar’s Palace, home of one of Evel Knievel‘s most bonecrushing stunts, make sure you keep your wife away from their flirtatious guards.

(Rick Broussard, head honcho at New Hampshire Magazine, is the editor of “Live Free or Die, Die, Die!“, a short story anthology of pulp detective fiction set in the Granite State.   Follow him on Twitter @broussard)


Feb '12

Fish Bait

Frightened to Be Food: Fun at the Reef Aquarium

SUBMITTED BY: Jay Hinspeter    LOCATION: Townsville, Queensland, Australia (2010)

Very considerate of this parent not to stick his kids on the hook!

This classic scene from the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is just the latest example of Tacky Tourist Photos’ stellar fishing coverage around the globe.  If you’re a marine biology fan, check out the Menacing Child-Eating Sunfish at the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and some old fashioned Mermaid Romance at Boston Harbor.

(Jay Hinspeter is a mild-mannered software engineer from New Hampshire.)

Jan '12

The Meanest Teacher in History

Channeling an old fashioned school teacher at the Hillsborough Historical Society's Living History Event.

SUBMITTED BY: Kathie Fife   LOCATION: Hillsborough, NH (2011)

Remember when educators carried rulers and would crack your wrists for chewing gum or misspelling a word?

Well, in addition to shining the silverware of President Franklin Pierce, the Hillsborough Historical Society loves to romanticize mean old school teachers.

(Kathie Fife is a nature photographer and greeting card designer who specializes in New Hampshire scenes.)

Sep '11

Tough Guy Butterfly

Total cocoon immersion at The Butterfly Place in Westford, Mass. (Click pic for more details)

SUBMITTED BY: Kyle Garnick and Sarah Ekbatani   LOCATION: Westford, Massachusetts (2010)

There’s no better way to impress the ladies than to engage in some old-fashioned butterfly role play.

(Kyle Garnick and Sarah Ekbatani are hip college students at the University of New Hampshire).

Aug '11

Winner of the Sphinx Rodeo

You don't have to go to Egypt or Las Vegas to see the Sphinx!


New Hampshire, home of Story Land‘s Sphinx, is a helluva lot safer than Cairo right now.

(Ari G. is a frequent Tacky Tourist Photo contributor who has munched the World’s Largest Box of Popcorn and bench pressed the Liberty Bell. His favorite ride is Splash Battle: Pharaoh’s Reign.)


Aug '11

Warning to Cher: The pitfalls of plastic surgery

Belting out the classics with Sonny and Cher.

SUBMITTED BY: Gerry Cronin   LOCATION: Canobie Lake Park, Salem, NH (2011)

Sonny & Cher, icons of cheesy 1970s entertainment, would be horrified by how they are being immortalized in a New Hampshire amusement park.

The late Congressman Bono looks like one of those overstuffed pantyhose puppets.

U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Calif).

And Cher’s hair looks like vinyl siding. No amount of plastic surgery could defame her more.

I Got You Babe? Click on the image to see the full horror.

Hey Donny & Marie, aren’t you glad you’re not enshrined in the Canobie Lake Music Hall of Fame?

(Gerry Cronin is a Massachusetts utility company worker with a soft spot for bell bottoms and tight plaster turtlenecks.)

Jun '11

Mitt Romney believes in Tacky Tourist Photos

"You're so vain, you probably think this photo-op is about you!"

Wow. Does Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney think that his tush is his greatest political asset?


According to Politico, Romney just posed with some waitresses at a 1950s-style New Hampshire diner and jokingly inferred that one of the women pinched his behind while she had the golden opportunity.

Here’s Politico senior political reporter Maggie Haberman‘s recap:

“In the most bizarre moment of the morning here in Derry, Mitt Romney posed with three or four waitresses at Mary Ann’s Diner, in front of a jukebox.

While posing, Mitt suddenly jumped and said: “Oh, my goodness!” — pretending that a waitress grabbed his butt. Apparently it’s a joke from four years ago, when he claims someone grabbed him at a fundraiser.

It was indeed a joke this time.
“I would never do that,” the waitress said later.

Romney agreed, saying he “was just teasing.”

Just as nerds and geeks have reclaimed those terms as a matter of pride, we here at Tacky Tourist Photos have strived to redefine the meaning of tacky — infusing it with a positive connotation of “kitschy” or “funny.”

However, Romney’s stunt clearly fits the traditional definition of tacky. You can see the whole incident unfold as captured by MSNBC:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

(Interested in other tacky expressions of political vanity?  Check out the Vanity Index, the first mathematical formula to measure Senator egos!)

Aug '10

Summer Interspecies Romance

New Hampshire's Story Land amusement park.

SUBMITTED BY: Greg Constantine LOCATION: Glen, NH (2010)

Alice knew it would never last. Their forbidden love was awkward, punctuated by her delicate facial hair tickling the flamingo’s razor-sharp beak…

If you’d like to read more of this interspecies romance, drop us a line at tackytouristphotos@gmail.com

(Greg Constantine is a literature buff and science fiction filmmaker with a weakness for Cheetos).

Jul '10

Chicken Little: NHL hockey legends are falling from the sky!

Bobby Orr now tackles innocent bystanders outside the Boston Garden or whatever they call it these days.

SUBMITTED BY: Kathie Fife LOCATION: Boston, Mass. (2010)

Brace yourself for attack.

Bobby Orr, the Boston Bruins and Hockey Hall of Fame legend known for his “flying goal” to win the 1970 Stanley Cup, is gonna get you.

In real life, Orr is the most charming man on the planet. But if you don’t know the context of this pose, you might think he wants to behead you with his hockey stick.

Kathie is in the duck-and-cover safety position they taught school kids in the 1950s whenever there was an air raid drill.

For all you non-Bostonians and non-hockey fans, here’s the iconic sports moment captured by Boston Herald photographer Ray Lussier:

Bobby Orr flying goal Stanley Cup

Bobby Orr channels Superman at the 1970 Stanley Cup in this classic photograph by the Boston Herald's Ray Lussier.

(Photographer and greeting card artist Kathie Fife usually avoids concrete and bronze, specializing in New Hampshire wildlife, history and panoramic natural landscapes).

SPORTS NUT? If you happen to be smitten by Boston sports icons cast in bronze, check out the good-natured harassment of Boston Celtics Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach — the cigar guy — here and here.

Dec '09

Top 10 Reasons You Should Experience TTP LIVE!


Tacky Tourist Photos is obviously a fun and wildly insightful online project, but there’s nothing like actually meeting fellow fans of the genre!

As you may already know from our fruitful media campaign, we were delighted to participate in our first live art gallery show, New Hampshire’s  Floating Gallery — thank you, Beth Eisenberg — with 14 of the region’s most prestigious photographers, painters, sculptors and multimedia artists.  The Floating Gallery is a phenomenal cultural business model, simultaneously spreading buzz for the local art scene and raising money for several amazing charities.

For those of you who couldn’t join us, here’s a “Top 10” list of awesome things about the event:

#10. MonaPalooza: free photo-op giving visitors an opportunity to provide their take on La Gioconda!


#9. Tacky Tourist Treats: Yodels!  Is there a classier or more appropriate appetizer?


#8. Bargains Galore: For a limited time only, we will match our Floating Gallery prices for our on-line friends. Any Tacky Tourist Photo on this Web site is available as an 11 x 14″ enlargement mounted on archival-quality foamcore for only $50 — with one exception.  The Jessica Simpson “Waxual Harassment” photo is $350.  All profits will benefit the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Email us at tackytouristphotos (@) gmail.com for details.


#7. Cash Bar: When our careers soar higher, we will offer an open bar. Even for you, Uncle Henry.


#6. Awkward encounter with artist who also had a Mona Lisa (the TTP equivalent of wearing the same dress to a cocktail party…)


#5. Making young people smile!


#4. Making older people smile!


#3. Mingling with New Hampshire’s cultural elite!


#2. Celebrity Appearances — Brian Henderson, the Tacky Tourist visionary behind the Golden Gate Snack and the Ugandan Tourist Trap photos, graciously greeted fans and answered questions.


#1: Raising money for Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. Thanks to everyone who donated!  If you missed out on feeding the piggy bank, you can still help by clicking here.


If you would like to book a Tacky Tourist art photography show at your quaint art gallery or for your Sweet Sixteen Party or Bar/Bat Mitzvah, please inquire at tackytouristphotos (@) gmail.com.

Nov '09

Squish you like a Beach Bug

Ah, two more specimens for the collection!

Ah, two more specimens for the collection!

SUBMITTED BY: Leanna Battista    LOCATION: Hampton Beach, New Hampshire (2009)

No matter what your age or size, it’s kinda humiliating to be crushed by a monster wearing purple nail polish.

(Leanna Battista, a sweet mother of two, loves to vacation on the New Hampshire seashore).

Sep '09

Ralph Nader’s Biggest Nightmare: Cuddling With Cell Phones

HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR CELL PHONE TODAY? -- This cuddly US Cellular corporate mascot has often cavorted with Fungo and Slider at New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball games.

HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR CELL PHONE TODAY? -- This US Cellular corporate mascot has often cavorted with cuddly critters "Fungo" and "Slider" at New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball games.

SUBMITTED BY: Tacky Tourist Photos    LOCATION: Manchester, New Hampshire (2007)

Not to go all Michael Moore on you, but there really isn’t that much difference between a child hugging a giant walking cell phone and a child cuddling with a giant walking rat at Disney.

One caveat: All those conflicting medical studies warning us not to hold cell phones too close to our heads.