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In early 2010, Christopher Weingarten noticed a trend on Tumblr — more and more sites were emerging dedicated to the lampooning of hipster culture. He decided to jump on the bandwagon but give it a four-legged spin. Weingarten grabbed some photos of dogs draped in hipster garb off Flickr, added facetious commentary, and launched his own Tumblr site, Hipster Puppies.
Within hours, people started submitting images of pups in Buddy Holly glasses, too-tight hooded sweatshirts, and tacky Cosby sweaters. “Within a month, my inbox was overflowing,” Weingarten says. “Then, once the Village Voice Music Editor, Maura Johnston, posted it to her Twitter feed, Gawker got a hold if it, then The Onion bit it, and it just blew up.” Within the first month, the site received more than 500,000 visits and over 1.2 million page views. Naturally the popularity led to a publishing deal. The book, Hipster Puppies, hit shelves last July.
“Photo booths historically have documented friendships, family and love,” says author Cameron Woo. “And to many people, dogs figure prominently into that circle of relationships.” In his book Photobooth Dogs (which Sarah posted about in the past), Woo collected hundreds of black and white strips, dating back eight decades, of folks posing inside picture kiosks with their loyal canine companions. “People have always wanted to immortalize their pets in portraits, be they kings and queens or the man and woman on the street.”
Mike Bender and Doug Chernack created AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.com after the success of their hilarious website AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com. The site, featuring weirdly wonderful portraits of people and their pets, is a great time-suck when you’re looking to get lost in the Internets. But let’s face it, sometimes we need a break from being online. Luckily, there’s now a book, published by Three Rivers Press, featuring some of the best, most awkward pet portraits from the site.