Polaroid Photo

Happy Travels!

Tacky Tourist Photos

Tacky Places. Tacky Poses. Tacky Things

Choose a Topic:

Posts Tagged ‘souvenirs’

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 […]

Thu
3
Feb '11

Horny in Texas

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

Sun
12
Dec '10

Viking Opera Tryouts

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 […]

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!

Wed
21
Jul '10

Art Buchwald’s Tourist Prayer

In honor of the late humorist Art Buchwald, we serve up his infamous “Tourist Prayer,” which we recently discovered in a Manhattan gift shop window. Buchwald wrote his prayer in 1971 in response to a bizarre Greek Orthodox Church anti-tourist prayer that called on Jesus to protect their monasteries from the “scourge” of world travelers […]

Tue
15
Dec '09

Tacky Tourist Photos condemns brutal souvenir assault on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

At an emergency session, the Executive Board of Tacky Tourist Photos unconditionally condemned the use of a souvenir statue to attack Italian Prime Minister Silvio Burlesconi at a political rally in Milan: “Whereas souvenir statues are meant to be peacefully displayed on dusty bookshelves and mantelpieces…. And whereas the Duomo Cathedral of Milan is a […]

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 […]

Tue
28
Jul '09

The Leaning Tourist of Pisa

SUBMITTED BY: Liz     LOCATION: Italy (2009) Would be great to set up a time-lapse video camera in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a year to document how many millions of photo albums contain this hokey photo gag. Ironically, Liz and her husband Mike were unfamiliar with local tacky customs in Pisa and […]