Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Tacky

I'd like to reiterate something those new to the Lurkdom might not know: I love Tacky Christmas. I love tacky lawn ornaments*. I love all things tacky.

We got that. Why?
The simple answer is "it's awesome." There's more than that, however. When life gets too serious and in the way of more fun things, something as simple as a multi-colored decorative chicken is enjoyable.

The point of tacky is to be able to laugh and enjoy the awfulness that only human can produce. Do you need to have a sense of humor to embrace tacky? It doesn't hurt to have one, but the main thing is to be able to laugh at yourself**.

Of course, there's a downside to tacky. When tacky goes hideously bad or wrong. A prime example of this would be the dollar pregnancy test and ovulation kit. (For reals.)

There's also a fine line between "tacky" and "whimsical," and it changes on the viewer. A picture of dogs playing poker? Tacky. Fairies? Whimsical?

It's your turn. Take a look at this little guy.

Tacky or whimsical?

* Not that there's any other kind.
** This is why I have a hand-quilted chicken tote bag. It's tacky and looks ridiculous paired with my normal clothes.
Last.fm hit of the day: Peace Pipe by Cry of Love


  1. You know, I think I'd say whimsical, because it makes me smile (not cringe). Who doesn't enjoy a lime-green Christmas pig?

    Not that I'm not knocking tacky. Not all tacky things are cringe-worthy. For example, the Christmas tree sweater that lights up. Yes, tacky, but also super fun! (just not on me)

  2. The little curled elf shoes push it right into whimsical for me.

    I have this thing a friend found for me at a tag sale-- a wooden chicken knife holder, that must be from the late 60s or 70s. It rocks, and the wings are hinged so they move up and down. it's deliciously tacky!

  3. You like tacky Christmas, you'll love my next door neighbor's lawn display. It's like Santa threw up a bunch of Christmas inflatables all over their front yard.

    And it seems totally contradictory, but the dollar store pregnancy tests are actually really accurate.

  4. Oh ladies, thanks for stopping by and commenting on The Incredible Pork. I think he's a little bit of tacky (in a fun way) and whimsical.

    Jennifer, you're totally right not all tacky is cringe-worthy. Also, the light up Christmas tree sweater just sounds hysterically fun.

    KO, you have to send me a picture of that knife holder. Please?

    Meredith, the inflatables are very tacky. I stare at two every morning when I leave the house.


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