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Tue
26
Jul '11

The New Yorker blesses Tacky Tourist Photos?

David Sipress' cartoon "A Family is Visiting Stonehenge" from the July 25, 2011 issue of the New Yorker. (Click on the cartoon if you want to buy a framed and matted copy on Somerset Velvet paper.)

Thanks to TTP reader and contributor Jessica Corona for alerting us to this historic gem.

Given that some of our followers have reduced glorious natural wonders to crass fart jokes and pick the noses of Hall of Fame basketball coaches and Lady Liberty, we understand why some might assume that Tacky Tourist Photos celebrates lowbrow humor. Or that taking silly tourist photos is a plebeian pastime.

But seeing imaginative tourist photo-ops unfold at Stonehenge — we’ll have to try that pose — immortalized in The New Yorker proves that intellectual people appreciate kitschy travel gags, too.

Is cartoonist David Sipress celebrating goofy tourist rituals or is he making fun of them — and us?

Thu
12
May '11

Picking Miss Liberty

Emma Lazarus Would Be Proud: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free and I will decongest them."

SUBMITTED BY: Wendy Keefe   LOCATION: Liberty Island, New York (2011)

As Tacky Tourist Photos has dutifully documented, it is a proud American tradition to pick the noses of our heroes.

Years ago, elementary school children needed to be taken by helicopter to scrape out the nasal passages of Miss Liberty.  But today, thanks to a copper facial replica inside the Statue of Liberty pedestal, giddy youngsters like Madeleine, 9, and Christopher, 7, have unrestricted access to her gorgeous nostrils!

(According to NPR, the U.S. Postal Service recently screwed up on the portrayal of Miss Liberty’s nose on the first class “Forever” postage stamp).

Sun
27
Jun '10

Camel Drool Shampoo

Fish pedicures?  Bird Dropping Facials?  Why not a Camel Saliva Shampoo?

Fish pedicures? Bird Dropping Facials? Why not a Camel Saliva Shampoo?

SUBMITTED BY: Ari Zackin    LOCATION: Somewhere in Israel (2010)

Eeeeeewwwwwww!  This photo goes out to all those animal lovers who kiss their dogs.

Who knows where this camel’s mouth has been?

Take a closer look at the drippage:

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(Ari Zackin is a frequent contributor to Tacky Tourist Photos, most recently serving up an unprecedented Spider-Man pose.)

Sun
13
Jun '10

Shocking Role Reversal: Statue picks the nose of a tourist!

Spider-Man displays some rather unhero-like behavior at Universal Studios in Florida.

Spider-Man displays some rather unhero-like behavior at the Orlando Airport.

SUBMITTED BY: Mark and Ari Z. LOCATION: Florida (2010)

For those of us who grew up with The Electric Company version of Spider-Man, this scene is particularly disturbing.

Spider-Man is supposed to save the world and correct harmful spelling mistakes. He is not the classless kind of guy who violates the nasal passages of innocent bystanders.

Then again, based on the endless abuse inflicted by tourists, maybe it’s time that the statues fight back!

Sat
12
Jun '10

Bronze Mucus: Celtics good luck charm vs the Lakers?

How do you get a t-shirt on a statue anyway?

How do you get a t-shirt on a statue anyway? (Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

Just like Spain’s strategic use of a “sorcerer” to put a hex on World Cup rival Portugal, Celtics fans believe rubbing the bronzed body of legendary coach Red Auerbach will boost their chances against the Lakers.

During the nailbiting NBA Finals, Boston fans have been flocking to the Faneuil Hall tourist trap to summon the spirit of the cigar-smoking Auerbach statue.  Talented photojournalist Matt Stone has documented the phenomenon with a Boston Herald slideshow.

Choking Red Auerbach, the coach who never choked. (Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

Choking Red Auerbach, the coach who never choked. (Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

Stone has documented the bizarre poses that Celtics fans do with Red, including make-believe strangling and pretending to pick his nose.

Any possibility of giving Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach his dignity back?  (Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

Any possibility of giving Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach his dignity back? (Matt Stone/Boston Herald)

Will stripping away the dignity of the Greatest Basketball Coach in History help out Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on the court this week?

We don’t know, but we do know this: die-hard Celtics fans have been kissing Red and affectionately picking his nose for years.

Sun
29
Nov '09

Kissing Up to the Celtics Dynasty – Locking lips with Red Auerbach

Smooching History: What Boston fan wouldn't want to nuzzle up to Red Auerbach's bronzed beard stubble?

Smooching History: What Boston fan wouldn't want to nuzzle up to Red Auerbach's bronzed beard stubble?

SUBMITTED BY: Al Kaufman    LOCATION: Quincy Market, Boston

Some of our Boston readers were horrified when they saw this tourist aggressively pick the nose of bronzed Celtics legend Red Auerbach.

So here’s Celtics fanatic Al Kaufman to balance out the negative karma.

“Just because I’m a heterosexual man doesn’t mean that I can’t show love for the Celtic Patriarch,” he says. “I would have done the same thing if I ever met Red in person. And I’ll do it if I ever meet Bill Russell or Larry Bird, but not Kevin Garnett, because he might hit me.”

(Al Kaufman is a freelance music writer who has never been rejected by The New Yorker magazine.)

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.

Sun
1
Nov '09

CELTICS PRIDE: Is this what basketball players mean when they ask you to set a pick?

Being widely regarded as the best coach and savviest general manager in NBA history apparently isn't enough to safeguard your dignity.

Being widely regarded as the best coach and savviest general manager in NBA history apparently isn't enough to safeguard your dignity.

SUBMITTED BY: Mike Faucher   LOCATION: Boston, Massachusetts (2003)

And you thought the frozen Ted Williams got abused?

The bronzed Red Auerbach, the basketball mastermind who coached the Boston Celtics dynasty in the 1960s and puffed cigar smoke in opponents’ faces, can’t get any respect either.

Says Tacky Tourist Photos model Mike Faucher: “Who says you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your friends’ nose?”

Makes you wonder: How many other tourists dig for bronze mucus — whether from an NBA legend or Revolutionary War hero?

(Mike Faucher is a die-hard Boston Celtics fan who attended the auctioning of the remnants from the Old Boston Garden. He could not afford to bid on Red’s half-smoked, dried saliva-covered cigar).


ALSO SEE: Kissing Up to the Celtics Dynasty: Locking lips with Red Auerbach