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Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy: Wife beater tank tops as street wear

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, political caricatures and figurines – with a Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll as an example – racked up a majority of snappy votes at 54 percent. A mere 10 percent voted crappy, 21 percent gave a snap/crap vote and 12 percent were too busy trying to crack open a walnut to decide.

Rather than a political statement, the latest snappy or crappy is a fashion statement: “wife beater” tank tops as street wear.

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Wife beater tank as fashion statement/Ryn Gargulinski

These fine white tanks, which great-grandfathers wear as undershirts, have popped up more than once on the streets of Tucson – and beyond.

We love Old Pueblo for its laid-back vibe, but we’re wondering if great-grandpa underwear is the prettiest choice of outerwear for hopping about town.

Wife beater tank at a downtown Tucson bus stop/Ryn Gargulinski
Wife beater tank at a downtown Tucson bus stop/Ryn Gargulinski

This particular guy, who has been kept anonymous along with the rest of the folks in the photos, was spotted at a downtown bus stop. So it’s not like he’s just wearing the white tank for walking the dogs in the riverbed or watering his lawn.

Tucson fashion/Ryn Gargulinski
Tucson fashion/Ryn Gargulinski

These tanks also get a thumbs down for their nickname. The term “wife beater” never brings any positive connotations to mind.

Crappy, crappy, crappy.

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Would you wear a wife beater tank top in public?

Would you wear one in private?

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Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, giant, concrete balls, rolled in a full 50 percent of crappy votes for being silly and annoying. Twenty-nine percent gave them a snappy, 16 percent said snap/crap and a mere 2 percent said they were too busy getting their car out of a ditch after being distracted by the balls to decide.

The latest snappy or crappy happens to carry a similar theme as the giant balls – a Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll.

Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo
Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo

Loyal reader AZMouse spotted this sweet doll at a Goodwill store in Vail, so it counts as being local. The price tag put the doll at $3.99, although we are sure it is worth much, much more.

Close up of Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo
Close up of Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll/AZMouse photo

The Hillary Clinton nutcracker doll – and other political caricatures and figurines – are just one more way for Americans to mock authority. Such depictions of our political leaders are demeaning, insulting and crass.

That definitely makes them snappy.

Don’t you just love freedom of speech?

Thanks for sending photo, AZMouse!

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Close up of Hillary doll label/AZMouse photo
Close up of Hillary doll label/AZMouse photo

What do you think?

What’s the most tasteless political mockery you’ve seen?

The funniest?

Would you want to be depicted as an action figurine? Please explain.

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Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, fast food sign landscape, was dripping with greasy crappy votes. The majority of 50 percent gave it a crappy, while 13 percent voted snappy, 25 percent opted for the snap/crap option and 9 percent said they were too busy picking between extra large fries and onion rings to decide.

The latest snappy or crappy brings us another landmark, this one on East Fort Lowell Road: two big balls.

Cantera Carved Stone advertising ploy/Ryn Gargulinski
Cantera Carved Stone advertising ploy/Ryn Gargulinski

This pair of giant, concrete spheres sits outside Cantera Carved Stone, on Fort Lowell just east of North Alvernon Way.

Perhaps the marketing team read that advertising manual that said sex sells.

Overview of advertising ploy at Cantera Carved Stone/Ryn Gargulinski
Overview of advertising ploy at Cantera Carved Stone/Ryn Gargulinski

Sex is used to sell everything – from beer to horse racing, from coffee to cars, from vacuums to toilet paper. Yes, toilet paper.

And now it’s being used as a ploy to sell cold slabs of massive concrete.

Crappy.

Not only could such a ploy distract the already distracted Tucson drivers, but it didn’t seem to sell the spheres.

They are still there, after all.

What do you think?
Please vote snappy or crappy below.

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wb-logolilWhat other clever or ridiculous advertising have you seen around town?

Will you be investing in concrete slabs anytime soon?

Please note: Ryn is out riding a train this morning for train safety story coming soon on Rynski’s Blogski. Will respond to any comments upon my return. Thanks!

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Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, a gussied up truck, crashed into crappy. Forty-one percent said the thing stank, while 33 percent gave it a snappy and 20 percent said it was both snappy and crappy. A mere 5 percent were too dizzy from the design to decide.

At least the truck was unique, unlike other landmarks popping up around Tucson – such as these dang In-N-Out Burger signs.

Tucson landscape/Ryn Gargulinski
Tucson landmark/Ryn Gargulinski

Fast food signs are sprouting like weeds all over town – and the nation – killing off any hope of having natural, beautiful or even regional landscape.

This particular sign is near Interstate 10 on Ajo Way, letting highway drivers see what’s in store if they take the Tucson off-ramp.

What a gorgeous sight to behold/Ryn Gargulinski
What a gorgeous sight to behold (please note sarcasm)/Ryn Gargulinski

Such signs are becoming the face of Tucson. Never mind giant metal cactus, painted overpasses or other visual delights that add to our town’s quirkiness. Never mind pristine. Not that this particular sign’s location on Ajo Way is especially pristine, but you know what I mean.

Every city in America is a study in yellow and red fast food franchises and their oversize signs. It’s enough to make us sick – even before we eat the greasy food. In-N-Out Burger is just one of the violators, but they do seem to erect some of the largest eyesores.

If you haven’t guessed, my vote is crappy on this one. Crappy on the colors, crappy on the size and crappy that Tucson is blending into America’s fate as one big, ugly strip mall.

What do you think?
Please vote snappy or crappy below.

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wb-logolilDo you even eat fast food?

What’s your favorite? What’s your least favorite?

Why are Wendy’s hamburgers square?

Where have all the White Castles gone?

Did you ever get hives from Arby’s chicken sandwiches?

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