Ah, those tacky trinkets that find their way into our suitcases and our hearts…
The Hugo Chavez action figure from a trip to Venezuela.
A bikini-clad plastic flamingo commemorating your favorite vacation to Miami Beach.
And those Mussolini boxer shorts to memorialize your visit to Italy.
Whether you have some of these items scattered on your shelves or you like to poke fun at those who do, this illustrated collection of tacky souvenirs is for anyone who appreciates the finer aspects of off-the-charts kitsch.
After working the copying machine at Late Night with David Letterman, Spy Magazine, and The New Yorker during college, Doug Lanksy hit the road. He spent two and a half years working his way around the planet, after which he became America’s youngest nationally syndicated columnist. His weekly “Vagabond” column grew to reach more than 10 million readers in 40 major newspapers. Doug currently tours on the lecture circuit and contributes to Esquire, National Geographic Adventure, and other publications, while running his website, Signspotting.