I don’t want to make fun of these too much because obviously a lot of time and care was put into them. I mean, just look at the detail in the man’s Tom Selleck moustache. And the artist even thought to add a touch of realism by adding the a trash can next to each toilet (in Nicaragua, toilet paper isn’t flushed, it’s thrown in the trash).
I imagine the artist’s conversation with the souvenir vendor went something like this:
Vendor: None of the tourists are buying your volcano paintings. Come up with something more interesting.
Artist: How about a painting of a toucan? Or a man sleeping in a hammock on the beach?
Vendor: NO! No…that’s been done too many times before.
Artist: Okay, I know. How about a painting of a man sleeping in a hammock, on a beach with a toucan flying over his head? And a volcano in the background?
Vendor: No! I said that we need something interesting! Something funny! The tourists like to laugh. They will buy it if it’s funny.
Artist: (thinking a moment) Okay…how about a man sitting on a toilet? Everybody likes a good ‘man sitting on the toilet’ joke. It’ll be your best selling souvenir, I promise.
Vendor: (hesitating) Alright…We’ll try it. But this better not be another one of your crappy ideas!