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Apr '12

Regurgitated Waterfall

In ancient times, kings would leap off Wailua Falls to prove their manhood. And not in the frat boy kind of way portrayed here.

SUBMITTED BY: Ben Cole    LOCATION: Kauai, Hawaii (2012)

So please remind us: What exactly is so romantic about waterfalls?

As baseball purists, you know what makes us want to vomit, Ben?  The fashion faux pas of wearing a Boston Red Sox hat with a Colorado Rockies jersey!

(Ben Cole is a Colorado sixth grader who last charmed the Tacky Tourist community by impaling himself on a plaster stalagmite)

Apr '12

The Sodium King

Click the Salt Mine Commander's nose to be magically transported to the legendary Wieliczka Salt Sculptures more than 1,000 feet below the streets of Krakow, Poland.

SUBMITTED BY: David Meerman Scott  LOCATION: Krakow, Poland (2012)

Salt MINES?  People used to risk their lives for table salt, even though the oceans are filled with the stuff?

Apparently so, and now the Wieliczka Salt Mines, home of an underground Catholic chapel carved out of salt and all-salt sculptures of Pope John Paul II and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” is one of Poland’s top tourist attractions.

Whatever you do, don’t lick the walls!

(David Meerman Scott is the author of international bestseller “The New Rules of Marketing & PR” and a sucker for classic dinosaur movies.)

Mar '12

Dominoes Can Be Deadly

The World's Largest Dominoes are part of the "Your Move" outdoor art installation at the Municipal Services Building Plaza (15th Street at JFK Boulevard).

SUBMITTED BY: Traci and Matt Suppa   LOCATION: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2012)

Imagine getting crushed by a giant domino — like some kind of sadistic Batman trap staged by The Riddler or The Joker?

We’re assuming that steel rods prevent this nightmare from happening.

But the outdoor location certainly make these the World’s Grimiest Dominoes as well!

(Traci and Matt Suppa run the “Go BIG or Go Home” blog, reporting on “What Happens When A Small-Town Family Visits the World’s Largest … Whatever!”)


Mar '12

Tutu in Times Square

Why has this tutu-clad man volunteered to be a tourist spectacle? Click the pic to find out.

Q: What do you call a hairy shirtless guy in a tutu lying on his back in the middle of the street?

A: If you’re in Times Square, you call it Tuesday.

Brooklyn photographer Bob Carey got some quizzical stares from New York City Police, who asked him if he was “well” based on his dress.  You might think that this costume would be a yawner for the cops, who see far more ludicrous fashions displayed every day in His and Hers versions.

Carey is the mastermind and fashion model for “The Tutu Project,” a fundraising campaign to honor his wife Linda’s ongoing battles with breast cancer. He’s done similar shoots in forests, corn fields, amusement parks, beaches and even an Italian castle.

What? You mean you DON'T dress like this when you're strolling the beach? Click the pic to learn what's motivating the Golden Gate Tutu.

(Bob Carey is the author of the upcoming photography book “Ballerina.” You can follow his tutu-fueled exploits on his Facebook page.)

Mar '12

Onward, Mormon Soldier!

SUBMITTED BY: Tacky Tourist Photos  LOCATION: San Diego, California (2012)

The two biggest draws on the Old Town San Diego Trolley Tour are the free Mormon Battalion Museum and the free bottle of souvenir Hot Sauce.

As you might suspect, free religious literature is also available in unlimited quantities.

Mar '12

Bear With Me…

Were you expecting a docile UCLA Bruin?

SUBMITTED BY: Ben Cole   LOCATION: Los Angeles, California (2012)

Since 1984, UCLA athletes have won more gold medals at the Olympic Games than all but four countries.

And this Bruins mascot has bitten more tourists than all other bear statues in America combined.

We made up that last statistic, but the Olympics thing is true.

Kudos to Ben for his improvisational acting skills!

(Ben Cole is a transplanted New England sports fan living in Colorado).

Mar '12

Happy 100th Anniversary to the “Girl” Scouts

The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Girl Scout Museum has become a honeymoon hotspot!

WEDDING PICTURE? The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Girl Scout Museum has become a honeymoon hotspot!

(In honor of the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary and the recent delivery of three boxes of Thin Mints to Tacky Tourist Photos headquarters, we are rerunning this classic submission from yesteryear.)

SUBMITTED BY: Kris Carlson  LOCATION: Savannah, Georgia (1997)

When Kris Carlson and her husband-to-be Phil were looking for a romantic honeymoon destination, they skipped over the Vegas chapel and Niagara Falls heart-shaped hot tubs and went straight for the National Girl Scout Museum.

Kris is a s’more-loving Brownie leader who just couldn’t resist posing next to GSA founder Juliette Gordon Lowe.

“I’m sure the only reason Phil agreed to participate was because we were on our honeymoon,” she says. “Notice his happy smile. Can’t imagine him letting that photo be taken now!”

We’re impressed by the Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider fashions that the earliest girl scouts wore. We’d be even more impressed if Phil modeled the modern lime green uniform to surprise Kris on their next wedding anniversary.

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and two early Girl Scouts hang out in a random wheat field at a secret cookie marketing meeting

Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low and two early disciples hang out in a random wheat field at a secret cookie marketing meeting

(Kris Carlson is the author of “The Sweet Spot,” a young adult novel about teen angst and romance on a family-owned golf course. She’s also written elementary school nonfiction books on Ancient Egyptian Myths and Colonial Army Weaponry. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at http://www.krisasselin.blogspot.com/)

Mar '12

Conversational Icebreaker

The Russian Icebreaker ship, the Kapitan Khlebnikov, apparently is still in love with the Soviet brand.

SUBMITTED BY: Christy Day   LOCATION: Ross Sea, Antarctica (2005)

The world of travelers can be divided into two distinct groups: Those who can’t get to the South Pole fast enough for some old-school frostbite and those who say ‘No way, I’d rather spend my $10K at Disney!”

Traveling by Russian icebreaker, for which she occasionally served as the emergency brake, Christy took a “Wonders of the Ross Sea” tour of Antarctica — visiting icebergs, ice fields, ice-clogged waters and historical huts (from explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton) surrounded by ice.

During her expedition, she also snooped around McMurdo Station (America’s science research facility) and introduced herself to various penguin colonies.

The birds are nonplussed by the tourist paparazzi.

(Christy Day, of Amherst, NH, seeks to travel to the farthest reaches of the earth.  She teaches English at Salem State University in Massachusetts.)


Mar '12

Two Dimensional Boyfriend

Cornering the Rebel Without a Cause.

SUBMITTED BY: Noelle Boc   LOCATION: Rumney, NH (2012)

At Plain Jane’s Diner, James Dean is just waiting to be swept off his feet by the right woman.

And given that he weighs about 9 ounces, it’s not a tough task.

(Noelle Boc, a.k.a. “The Kissing Librarian,” most recently locked lips with a Giant Fish.)

Feb '12

Fish Bait

Frightened to Be Food: Fun at the Reef Aquarium

SUBMITTED BY: Jay Hinspeter    LOCATION: Townsville, Queensland, Australia (2010)

Very considerate of this parent not to stick his kids on the hook!

This classic scene from the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is just the latest example of Tacky Tourist Photos’ stellar fishing coverage around the globe.  If you’re a marine biology fan, check out the Menacing Child-Eating Sunfish at the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and some old fashioned Mermaid Romance at Boston Harbor.

(Jay Hinspeter is a mild-mannered software engineer from New Hampshire.)

Feb '12


Voracious Appetite: The World's Biggest Candy Bar?

SUBMITTED BY: Bill Malie  LOCATION: Niagara Falls, Ontario (2011)

In the grand tradition of Eating Big Things (“Golden Gate Appetizer,” “World’s Largest Popcorn” ), Bill takes a chunk out of Canada’s Largest Candy Bar in front of the Hershey Store near the Falls.

Does ANYONE eat the candy bar with the wrapper still on?

(Bill Malie, of Pennsylvania, makes Niagara road trips at least three times a year).

Feb '12

Sticky Fingers: The World’s Largest Football

Not-So-Super Originality -- Before the Patriots-Giants showdown, there was no shame in copying your neighbor's photo-op!

SUBMITTED BY: Jason Feifer    LOCATION: Indianapolis, Indiana (2012)

Unlike in the real Super Bowl XLVI, there were no dropped footballs outside Lucas Oil Stadium.

This classic pose essentially is a variation of the one we recently captured with the World’s Largest Potato on Prince Edward Island.

An ongoing scene in the parking lot of Canada's Potato Museum in O'Leary, PEI.

(Jason Feifer is a Fast Company senior editor, a Miami Heat fan, and a die-hard air conditioning enthusiast.)

Feb '12

Family Bonding With Boulders

Bubble Rock in Acadia National Park in Maine

SUBMITTED BY: Jerry Monkman  LOCATION: Acadia National Park, Maine (2011)

It’s so true: Families who push boulders off cliffs together, stay together.

This Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote photo-op is on the Bubble Rock hiking trail near Jordan Pond.

(Nature photographer Jerry Monkman is the author of “The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography.”)


Feb '12

Look, Don’t Touch

Just another naked day in Times Square....

SUBMITTED BY: Erik Paulsen   LOCATION: Times Square, New York City (2012)

When posing for a Tacky Tourist Photo, it is usually customary to embrace the quirky statue or mascot as if you are best friends.

Yet, there is something rather skeevy about getting intimate with a Naked Cowboy you just met.

Enter the brilliance of Erik, who pensively looks to the heavens, so immersed in thought that he almost doesn’t even notice the scantily-clad gent in front of the Marriott.  There’s now a proven method to pose with people when getting too close would be embarrassing or downright unhygienic.

On a side note, TTP has been at the forefront of insightful Naked Cowboy coverage rivaling the New York Post, the NY Daily News and Gawker. We’ve faithfully covered the Naked Cowboy for President campaign, the legal battle with the Naked Cowgirl and her common bond with Lady Gaga.

We’re depending on Erik to covertly capture the next chapter.

(Erik Paulsen, not to be confused with the Minnesota Congressman, is a sports video editor and photojournalist who has covered the Stanley Cup and the Tour de France. He also is a militant vegan.)

Jan '12

The Meanest Teacher in History

Channeling an old fashioned school teacher at the Hillsborough Historical Society's Living History Event.

SUBMITTED BY: Kathie Fife   LOCATION: Hillsborough, NH (2011)

Remember when educators carried rulers and would crack your wrists for chewing gum or misspelling a word?

Well, in addition to shining the silverware of President Franklin Pierce, the Hillsborough Historical Society loves to romanticize mean old school teachers.

(Kathie Fife is a nature photographer and greeting card designer who specializes in New Hampshire scenes.)