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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Baby Tattoo Books; First Printing edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097293880X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972938808
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very post–"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," this hilarious collection of photos drawn from Internet personal ads put the average Joe’s interior decorating under close scrutiny. What’s funniest about this slim and trim collection is that the men who originally placed the ads have been "grayed out"—reduced to solid silhouettes so as not to detract from the full effects of their decorating faux-pas (though likely Jorgensen’s initial impulse to obscure them had more to do with legal reasons). Those effects are heightened by arch captions from Jorgensen (justinspace.com), who writes of a gray figure sprawled out on a hideous plaid couch: "Who really cares if the couch clashes with the carpet? … It’s your place and it should make you happy." Other highlights include a figure manacled to a bed made up with leather sheets. "And, you’d better condition the leather before you use them," Jorgensen quips, "or your sweat will leave white sweat marks that will look like mildew." The photos are smallish and low quality, in keeping with their Internet sources, with Jorgensen commenting (with a wealth of double-entendres) on each crime against good taste. Will this book make men rethink what’s around them when they’re posing for their photos? As Todd Oldham says in his foreword, "as evidenced in almost every photo, we have tragic spatial issues when it comes to hanging art and objects." Or perhaps some people actually find fake wood paneling, bow-hunting equipment and overused leather armchairs irresistibly sexy.
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About the Author

Justin Jorgensen, born in Fargo, North Dakota, moved to Los Angeles and began working as a designer. In 1999 he created the pop culture based, JustinSpace.com and the hysterical online feature "Obscene Interiors." Now an Internet Provocateur, he has also designed music videos, created theme park attractions and sold candy at the circus. This is his first book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mueller on April 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
besides being snarkily funny, it's a perfect gift-- I've given four away already. check out the author's website (justinspace.com) for a sneak preview of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What were they thinking?! I mean, I can understand the roguish impulse to shoot naughty pictures of yourself and even to post them on the Internet. I've done it a time or two myself. But those lamps! And that wretched sofa!
This is a delightfully diverting little book. If there's a flaw, it's that it's too short by far. You can't put it down and you can't look away from these decorating disasters so, in the end, you want more, more, more deliciously awful decor to punish your eyes.
Or perhaps I'm just some sort of weird interior design masochist. It's possible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Jorgensen on May 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is my book so I'm not unbiased in my giving it 5 stars, but disregard the inaccurate Amazon description above. Here's the deal: It's a collection of real online male personal ad photos with the figures obscured, and then my critique of the room's decor behind them. Fight Club author, Chuck Palahniuk included Obscene Interiors in his list of Top Ten Books of the past 10 years - Yay! And Dave Eggers had this to say, "Obscene Interiors is not only a cruelly brilliant idea, but it's executed with great cunning and even some warmth."

From the back cover: A first of its kind collection of online male personal ad photos featuring shockingly explicit amateur decorating action! Lamps, plants, curtains and couches mix it up in this graphic display of aesthetic perversion!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a hilarious book. Page after page of men who are simply oblivious. These guys have no shame in exposing themselves with a variety of backdrops, ranging from tacky, scary to out and out gross. This is like a book of favorite cartoons - you just keep picking it up.
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