Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
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All the shite o' the day

A series of photos I took of tacky Scottish souvenir shops and their wares on 10th September, 2005, for an assignment for my HND Photography course. Although there was no shortage of made-in-Hong-Kong dross to be found then, shops selling tartan garbage of this sort have multiplied during the intervening years and now appear to occupy every empty shop in the centre of Edinburgh, the moment it becomes vacant.


Just what is it that draws the tourists to Edinburgh in their thousands? Rubbish-filled fountain in Hunter Square, 10th September, 2005.


Armour-clad mannequins outside a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Armour-clad mannequins outside a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


The West Bow, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005. This street formerly connected the Lawnmarket and the Grassmarket, but was bisected by the construction of Victoria Street during the 19th century.


A highlander doll seen outside a souvenir shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Rubbish-filled bin-bags lying in the West Bow, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tartan dolls and other tacky souvenirs in the window of a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tacky souvenir glasses in the window of a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tacky souvenir haggis mugs in a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


An armour-clad mannequin outside a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


'Jimmy' hats outside a souvenir shop in the Lawnmarket, edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A 'Wee Jock' outside a souvenir shop in the Lawnmarket, edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A 'Wee Jock' outside a souvenir shop in the Lawnmarket, edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A multitude of very poor-quality souvenir badges outside a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A multitude of very poor-quality souvenir badges outside a shop in the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Cross-eyed 'Nessies' in a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


'Nessy' postcards outside a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005. I'm sure the Loch Ness Monster's name is correctly-spelled 'Nessie'.


'Nessy' postcards outside a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A tacky mug in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A tacky mug in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A tacky plate in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A tacky baseball cap in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A tacky bagpipe-playing 'haggis' in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


'Highland Coo Pat' chocolate in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


'Highland Coo Pat' chocolate in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Two ladies wearing 'Jimmy' hats in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Two ladies wearing 'Jimmy' hats in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tacky mugs, coasters and mouse-mats in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tacky souvenirs in the window of a shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tacky souvenirs in the window of a shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tacky souvenirs in the window of a shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Tacky souvenirs in the window of a shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A rather poor-quality representation of a bottle of Highland Park whisky and tumblers seen on a shop-front in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A very poor-taste flashing bear in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A very poor-taste flashing bear in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A very poor-taste t-shirt outside a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Souvenir tea-towels outside a shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


A souvenir tea-towel outside a shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


Despite all the wonders of technology which are available to the modern signwriter, they are still capable of producing prime examples of utter codswallop such as this! How is it possible? No doubt it's a case of 'bullshit in: bullshit out! A-board seen outside a knitwear shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.


'Jimmy' hats in the window of a souvenir shop in the High Street, Edinburgh, 10th September, 2005.
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