DARREN GARNICK’s fascination with tacky tourist culture peaked in the early 1990s when he was stunned to find “No Fat Chicks” t-shirts in the same Jordanian marketplace as King Hussein carpets. Along with TTP co-founder Peter Koziell, he has chased daredevils for the documentary, “Hell Drivers: America’s Original Crash Test Dummies,” and trekked through the muddy jungles of Vanuatu, where he presented tribal leaders with complimentary PEZ dispensers. Darren has helped rescue a disoriented tree sloth and was once briefly detained by customs for trying to smuggle turkey jerky into Australia. He also is widely regarded as a fashion icon, recently winning third runner-up honors in the Anne of Green Gables lookalike contest.
PETER KOZIELL is a dynamic filmmaker, photojournalist and t-shirt designer with an addiction to Sour Patch Kids and Swiss milk chocolate (he despises the premium “healthy” dark stuff). You likely have seen his camera work on The Travel Channel’s “World’s Best Bathrooms” and “World’s Best RV Trailer Parks.” He’s hiked with grizzlies in the Canadian Rockies, mingled with monkeys in Costa Rica and has a soft spot in his heart for downtown Tallahassee. Peter’s visionary pop culture films include “Totally Devoted: Adult Backstreet Boys Groupies,” and “Flintstone Tank Commander.”
ILYA MIRMAN is a talented musician and photographer with an intimate knowledge of lasers, supercomputers and multicore programming. Although he is happiest shooting rock concerts, Ilya recently charmed a raucous Brooklyn crowd as a guest guitarist for the infamous Guns ‘N Roses tribute band, Mr. Brownstone. He is a zealous political junkie, collaborating with TTP co-founder Darren Garnick on high-profile photography projects and cherishing the opportunity to debate and mock loony protesters whenever possible. Ilya also confesses an inexplicable passion for street grates.
Special thanks to talented graphic designer URSULA KANE for developing the Tacky Tourist pineapple logo!