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Fri
8
Jul '11

Prince William: Canada doesn’t suck? Who knew?

Check out today’s CBC headline: “Prince William says Canada ‘far exceeded’ expectations“ Translation: “I thought this place was going to be kinda lame.” Canada can do far better for a celebrity tourist endorsement. Meanwhile, Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton each received a ceremonial white cowboy hat upon entering the city of Calgary — a [...]

Wed
15
Jun '11

Mitt Romney believes in Tacky Tourist Photos

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

Wed
6
Oct '10

Naked Cowboy for President?

The only lingering question about the Naked Cowboy’s campaign for president is will he take a page out of the Obama-Clinton playbook and name the Naked Cowgirl as his Secretary of State? Despite their shared love for shocking Manhattan tourists, the Naked Dynamic Duo are actually bitter rivals. As for offbeat presidential candidates, our pick [...]

Sun
26
Sep '10

Where’s your Saddam Hussein snowglobe?

SUBMITTED BY: Jonathan Willis   LOCATION: Jerusalem, Israel (1991) Compared to the nutcakes running the Middle East today, there’s something almost cute about having Saddam as your enemy. (Jonathan Willis is a high school English teacher who loves promoting literacy and Greek mythology-themed water ballet.)

Mon
20
Sep '10

Jackie O’s Revenge

SUBMITTED BY: Tom Shattuck     LOCATION: Washington DC (2010) Oh, the pickup lines that Tom could use with Jackie: “Hey, baby, you can hang that pillbox hat anywhere you’d like!” “Jackie, ask not what you can do for adultery, ask what adultery can do for you!” “I will pay any price, bear any burden, meet [...]

Mon
2
Aug '10

Yukking it up at the Senate steroid hearings…

SUBMITTED BY: Tacky Tourist Photos    LOCATION: Washington, D.C. (2010) About 95 percent of U.S. Sen. Kit Bond’s office is plastered with Harry Truman memorabilia. The former U.S. president used to work there when he had the Missouri gig. But amidst the historical exhibits, we were delighted to find that the Incredible Hulk is also given [...]

Fri
30
Jul '10

Don’t mingle with the peasants!

SUBMITTED BY: Ilya Mirman LOCATION: Washington, DC (2010) On the campaign trail, politicians spend every waking moment trying to pretend they are just like you and me. Once elected, they want to get as far away from us as possible. (TTP co-founder Ilya Mirman is also the mastermind behind “Kerslappity,” a fun photo-sharing site for [...]

Wed
14
Apr '10

How to Undersell Your City

SUBMITTED BY: Jonathan Willis    LOCATION: Baltimore, Maryland Before you jump on the branding buffoons who came up with Baltimore’s “City That Reads” advertising slogan, take note that the city’s intelligentsia mocks it, too. Noting the high murder rate and births out of wedlock, locals have suggested that “The City That Bleeds” or “The City That [...]

Wed
23
Dec '09

Merry Christmas, Mr. Ahmadinejad

SUBMITTED BY: Eugene Mirman   LOCATION: Copenhagen, Denmark Sometimes we surprise ourselves with the level of sophistication and political clout of our Tacky Tourist correspondents. Comedian Eugene Mirman recently trekked to Denmark to report on the most pretentiously named international summit of 2009 — the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Just like Tacky [...]

Tue
18
Aug '09

Cold War meets Star Wars: Lonely Stormtrooper guards East Berlin

SUBMITTED BY: Dave Pryke   LOCATION: East Berlin, Germany (2009) When President Ronald Reagan dreamed of his Star Wars defense plan, this is not exactly what he had in mind. Filmmaker Dave Pryke encountered a lone Stormtrooper from Darth Vader’s legendary 501st Legion guarding the Brandenburg Gate, which stands just outside the site of the demolished [...]

Wed
5
Aug '09

The Sand Castle Prophecies: Mitt Romney or Ron Paul will be the next U.S. president

SUBMITTED BY: Peter Koziell   LOCATION: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (2008) Natural sand formations in the form of Republican Party leaders just don’t show up on the beach every day. Peter immediately interpreted his discovery as a sign from God: Either Mitt Romney or Ron Paul will defeat Barack Obama in 2012 to be the next [...]