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Sep '11

Rock Star Groupie

Celebrity Bonding -- Swedish musician Evert Taube is immortalized on the sidewalk near his favorite restaurant, the Gyllene Freden in Stockholm. The statue was a gift from IKEA to celebrate its 20th anniversary back in 1985. (Click the pic above to learn more information on the man credited for bringing the Argentinian tango to the dance halls of Sweden).

SUBMITTED BY: David Meerman Scott   LOCATION: Stockholm, Sweden (2011)

Unlike the pathetic fashion attempts of American tourists, it is genuinely possible to wear a beret and still be respected in Europe.

Hats (or berets) off to the improvisational skills of David, who uses his Stockholm tourist map to mirror the statue’s sheet music.

Although not as well known internationally as Abba or Europe ("The Final Countdown"), the late singer-songwriter Evert Taube retains a lot of street cred on Swedish radio. (Click the pic above for his album covers).

Which famous statues have you mimicked recently?  Send us your best acting work at tackytouristphotos (at) gmail (dot) com.

(Marketing strategist David Meerman Scott is the co-author of “Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn From The Most Iconic Band in History.”)

Dec '10

Viking Opera Tryouts

Did Viking maidens ever wear tie-dye shirts?

SUBMITTED BY: Michelle and Rob J.   LOCATIONS: Sweden and Iceland (2009/2010)

For years, young brothers Ben, David and Stephen have been jokingly told that their Swedish heritage has some Viking bloodlines. The faux genealogy usually came up when they had to brave cold weather.

So naturally, the boys gravitated to these Viking Opera helmets during family trips to Sweden and Iceland.

Q: So when you’re in an airport gift shop, how can you tell if the charming Viking maidens who greet you are the real deal or not?

A: The Vikings didn’t wear braces.

Viking hat souvenirs at the Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland

The smiles give these guys away.

After invading and pillaging European villages, many Vikings spent their loot on orthodontists.

(Braided hats are the latest vacation souvenir rage. See how the Canadians are marketing the silly trend.)