Lost In Translation

January 26th, 2014

Lost In Translation - Family Portrait

“Our dad asked his friend to recreate our Sears family portrait and paint this masterpiece onto canvas as an anniversary gift for our grandparents.Β  Yes indeed, he actually PAID money for this beauty.Β  Nichole age 9, Desiree age 10, Andrew age 4 and Tiffani age 5.”

(submitted by Nichole)

40 Responses to “Lost In Translation”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this! I really think you should put it up for auction – I’ll bet you could make some money. So funny!!!!

  2. Steph says:

    This is the first awkward pic that actually made me lol. Portraits are obviously much more difficult than landscape.

  3. Krissy says:

    So…have you been able to find the original photo? Please say yes! My friend and I love this photo for so many reasons (all the reasons that Nichole stated above, as well as the fact that the little brother looks like Spock and Jimmy Smits had a love child). Please post the picture if you ever dig it up. πŸ™‚

    • Nichole says:

      I keep bugging my sister Tiffani to look for it. I’m sure it’s in my grandparents attic buried in a box. I’ll get on her again since it’s almost Christmas and she’ll probably be digging for decorations. Shoot me an email and when I find them I will email you a copy, lol. nicholeirving@hotmail.com

  4. Lizzie says:

    I keep thinking, “Star Trek: When They Were Kids”.

  5. Lili says:

    Can t stop laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing!!! regards from Argentina!

  6. Caia says:

    Hahahahaaaaa I think I will have bouts of laughter for more than a week!I canΒ΄t stop!

  7. Russ says:

    Yes indeed, he actually PAID money for this beauty.

    That made me laugh πŸ˜€

  8. Gift says:

    are you guys from South Park, CO? πŸ™‚

  9. Don Castillo says:

    I do digital painting on photographs, in case you ever want a ‘better’ painting done ;). look me up on facebook.

  10. Classic Steve says:

    I think the same artist painted the mural at the American City Diner where I live.

  11. Alicia says:

    I’m in tears!!! HahhaH

  12. Andrew says:

    I can’t get over how old they all look…it’s just so wonderfully terrible!

  13. Annie says:

    Love your comments Nichole and Andy. Thanks for sharing. It really is a joy. And if you can get that original pic we’d all love to see it.

  14. Beth says:

    This is the funniest/worst portrait I’ve seen! You folks must be a wonderful group of folks to have such fun with it! Can’t tell if I like best the out of proportion head & arm sizes, odd looking eyes, or waxy looking skin… it’s all awkward & Stellar! Why do I wonder if the artist is still in business?

  15. Misty H says:

    Pretty sure my boyfriends parents used the same artist….

  16. Chris G says:

    Nichole, Andy, and Co.- thanks for sharing and being good sports about it. I did laugh, but I also have to admit the artwork is quite a bit better than I could do. For any amount of money.

  17. Sarah says:

    Why didn’t your dad just give them one of the Sears portraits???

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  19. Andy(kid in yellow) says:

    Nichole has blonde hair in real life and I have never had the mumps nor was tiffani pregnant at age 5. Currently my hat size is 7 1/4 inches which I think would be average. The portrait I believe was around $85, about 25 years ago. According to my gram.

  20. Raybob says:

    Well, if you look at it from a folk-art perspective, it looks just like stuff that goes for thousands of dollars in galleries. A little bit Picasso-esque and Cubist over there on the right, but not really all that horrible.

    Now, if your Dad paid for realistic likeness of the photo, then yeah, it’s bad.

  21. Man_and_Seed says:

    We’re curious. A friend has a painting that she acquired and it looks very similar style. Where was this painting made?

    • Nichole Irving says:

      My dads co-worker in Pennsylvania painted this beauty. The story is (I just asked) was that the painter was accustomed to painting still lifes such as homes ect but my dad begged him to do this for my grandparents anniversary.

  22. Nichole Irving says:

    I am working on getting the original photos so you can see the comparison. This has been of source of many many laughs over the last 28 years. My little sister looks like a pregnant midget, my brother looks has a bobble head, my older sister (in the middle) looks like she has Latoya Jackson’s nose and I have breasts as a 9 year old. Hope it provides you all with many laughs! πŸ™‚

    • Colleen says:

      OMG Nichole, you are such a good sport! Thank you for sharing and I am especially enjoying your comments! πŸ™‚

      • Nichole Irving says:

        Not a problem! We have a crazy & fun sense of humor in our family and remain close. This has provided us with 28 years of laughs and memories. πŸ™‚

        • Rob says:

          Wow. 28 years of laughs and memories? In a very ironic way, I think your Dad and family got so much more in return than what it cost in money. Thanks for sharing and commenting!

  23. Dennis says:

    how do we know that’s not a truly acurate representation?

  24. Kristy says:

    Oh my…well it’s unique…

  25. John. J says:

    well the artist was not very good…, how much was this artwork ?

  26. Julia Thelen says:

    So sorry Nichole, but I almost wet myself laughing.

  27. Jenn says:

    Would love to see the original side by side with this beauty!

  28. Les says:

    At least he didn’t have it tattooed onto his back.

  29. mystyk163 says:

    Was he cross eyed or wall eyed??

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