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Aug '11

Tacky Tourists invade the playroom

Looks like Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Woody are trying to blend in as tacky tourists on their latest Toy Story adventure. Coming soon to your child’s playroom:  A Leaning Tower of Pisa for Barbie to hold up?

Tue
19
Jul '11

Can you spot the authentic French citizen?

SUBMITTED BY: Mark “Pierre” Z.    LOCATION: Paris, France You might mistake the above Parisian street scene with a photo from a 6th grade social studies book. This is what French people do in their cultured capital: smoke and wear funny hats on their way to the boulangerie. But wait!  Something is amiss!  That French [...]

Mon
23
May '11

Foreign policy that makes you want to hurl

Based on his spirited Superman pose in Metropolis, we already knew that Barack Obama was a fan of the Tacky Tourist genre. But it’s a pleasure to see he has company in the Emerald Isle. Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny just presented President Obama with a hurling stick, joking that members of Congress should get “a [...]

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25
Feb '11

Killer Rabbit: Does Wall Drug live up to the hype?

Tweet SUBMITTED BY: Adriana Perez  LOCATION: Wall, South Dakota (2011) Anyone who’s ventured on a cross-country trip to find themselves, has likely found at least a hokey billboard teasing Wall Drug. The tourist mecca is about 75 miles from Mount Rushmore, but it hypes itself as a coming attraction from hundreds of miles away. Some [...]

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Feb '11

Horny in Texas

SUBMITTED BY: Tacky Tourist Photos    LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas (2011) Sexual puns related to cows make us extremely squeamish.

Wed
6
Oct '10

Tackiest Souvenir Contest!

Our friends over at I Wanna Go There are sponsoring a “Tackiest Souvenir Ever!” contest that runs through Sunday, October 10. Here’s our entry, a bloodied Rocky Balboa coffee mug commemorating the bruised mug of Sylvester Stallone at the end of both Rocky I and Rocky II. What I especially love about the mug is [...]

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.)

Tue
10
Aug '10

Tacky Tourist Photos: “An easy way to waste a few hours of your day.”

The above headline is the flattering endorsement we just received from Away.com, a witty travel blog owned by Orbitz. Editor Lacy Morris names her Top 10 Tacky Souvenirs (Photo-ops @ Pisa are #4) and her historical insights on snowglobes are worth the click alone!

Tue
17
Nov '09

Chinese government bans tacky souvenirs dressing Barack Obama in a Mao Zedong costume

When the Chinese government politely asks a t-shirt designer to stop selling political parody, there’s really only one underlying question to take into consideration: “Hmmmm… Would I rather have a few hundred dollars or have tanks run over me and my souvenir shop?“ These Obama-Mao shirts were selling as fun kitsch, like the cute Maoist [...]

Fri
18
Sep '09

Even backgammon is more romantic in France

These dice need no elaboration, however, it is odd they are being marketed next to Eiffel keychains and coasters. Nice product placement, souvenir store guy!