Some ideas are better left as ideas. Whatever your mom, dear friend, or significant other says, that bag you saw the other day on Etsy that looks like you’re carrying a knife, is bad, a very bad idea.

There’s an online group called Awful Taste But Great Execution dedicated entirely to the gaudy, tacky, tasteless, overdone, plain trashy side of product design. But there’s one but. The execution may be, in fact, pretty alright. “For everything that displays quality craftsmanship in the least elegant way possible,” states the subreddit’s description. And 1.4 million members seem to be totally up for it.

From painful-to-watch objects to questionable designs, these people should have put a break on their brainstorming, or put their efforts into something else. But hey, at least we have something to have a little cringe over! Psst! More daunting stuff awaits in part 1.

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Brasilian Ad For Condoms

Brasilian Ad For Condoms

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Ashtray

Ashtray

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To find out more about the Awful Taste But Great Execution subreddit, Bored Panda reached out to the moderator team, who told us more about their community.

The representative of the subreddit told us that r/ATBGE was created as a spin-off of another subreddit called Shitty Car Mods. Since r/shitty_car_mods rejected the posts by Awful Taste But Great Execution, the moderator decided to create a whole new subreddit.

“In the beginning, /r/ATBGE focused heavily on automotive-related posts, but we knew doing this would potentially limit our user base. To make /r/ATBGE more appealing to the masses, we opened up the subreddit to include things beyond autos (tattoos, fashion, décor, etc.).” And this is the point where the community really started to grow.

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Bath/Toilet Design

Bath/Toilet Design

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#6

Did A Double Take When I Saw This Rock In My Friend’s Yard. She Said It Came From The Tenants Before Her, But I Think It Is The Tenant

Did A Double Take When I Saw This Rock In My Friend’s Yard. She Said It Came From The Tenants Before Her, But I Think It Is The Tenant

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“As we grew, moderators were added and subreddit rules were further refined,” the moderator explained. “Now we are here and things are still looking good. We continue to add new subscribers each day, which is a good thing (considering we all do this for free).”

The creator of r/ATBGE said that their favorite post is this creepy-looking coin purse shared about a year ago. They added that the subreddit is essentially documenting things of all kinds that “display quality craftsmanship in the least elegant way possible.”

The stuff is gaudy, tacky, overdone, and otherwise tasteless, but sometimes, when the work is done well, “you won't know whether to love it or hate it," the moderator team explained.

#8

I Want This Now

I Want This Now

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Katherine Boag
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Car drivers might almost give you enough space if they think you are a car

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#9

The Pattern Gave Him A Booty, So We Gave Him A Thong

The Pattern Gave Him A Booty, So We Gave Him A Thong

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If coming up with good ideas was simple, we’d have so many great solutions to existing problems and incredible products. But producing something both efficient, functional, and aesthetically pleasing (often, it should tick even more boxes, e.g. be sustainable) is not a walk in the park.

Think of how many companies are investing their time, effort, and resources, yet coming up with generic, repetitive, and plain bad ideas. It makes you wonder whether it’s the limit of the human mind that isn’t capable of producing something ground-breaking that often, or whether there's something else to blame?

Well, the tricky question becomes even trickier when we try to determine what we call a "good idea" and a "bad" one. At that point, any inventor is dealing with the great inventor’s dilemma, which is that when you’re doing something new, you can’t tell the good ideas from the bad ones beforehand.

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Batstache

Batstache

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It's Stupid, But Kinda Sick Ngl

It's Stupid, But Kinda Sick Ngl

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you have the desire to make your livingroom look like building site. From the same artist: chairs and dining table made from scaffolding pipe.

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In many cases, deciding on some ideas that initially seem great will make you miss truly good ones and opt for the very bad ones.

On the other hand, we know now that a good idea should have some distinct features before turning into a product. For example, it should solve a specific problem and work on a specific opportunity. Coming up with an idea for a reason is a good sign you’re on the right path, but you probably will need many more "ideas" before you can pick up the right ones to work on further.

#13

20 Foot Tall Graffiti Mural Of Kanye Kissing Himself

20 Foot Tall Graffiti Mural Of Kanye Kissing Himself

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#14

It Wouldn't Be Complete Without It

It Wouldn't Be Complete Without It

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#15

Special Effect Artist Creates Mask Of Himself

Special Effect Artist Creates Mask Of Himself

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#17

Was Told To Post My Tramp Stamp For Tuesday

Was Told To Post My Tramp Stamp For Tuesday

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#18

"Get Away From Her You B****!"

"Get Away From Her You B****!"

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#21

A Cat With A Headpiece Made From Its Own Shed Hair

A Cat With A Headpiece Made From Its Own Shed Hair

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#22

Low Rider Batmobile

Low Rider Batmobile

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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you are so kinky that even your car Needs to wear a latex suit.

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#23

My Best Mate Made A [crappy] Cake For My Birthday

My Best Mate Made A [crappy] Cake For My Birthday

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#24

If 13 Year Old Me Became An Interior Designer

If 13 Year Old Me Became An Interior Designer

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#25

I'm Curious As To How It Actually Tastes...

I'm Curious As To How It Actually Tastes...

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#27

Hamburger Bed From 1972

Hamburger Bed From 1972

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#28

This Mural On The Side Of A Restaurant In Lithuania Depicting Donald Trump Kissing Vladimir Putin

This Mural On The Side Of A Restaurant In Lithuania Depicting Donald Trump Kissing Vladimir Putin

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is offensive. Trump would never cheat on Kim Jung Un and if he did he would be kissing Putin's @ss.

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#30

Additional Hair

Additional Hair

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Mimi777
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you get a haircut but then change your mind.

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#31

Painting I Found In A Shop. Should Have Bought It

Painting I Found In A Shop. Should Have Bought It

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#33

How To Get Killed By Police 101

How To Get Killed By Police 101

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Radek Suski
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is the opposite case as well. A gun which looks like a mobile phone

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#34

Yes, This Is A Spoon

Yes, This Is A Spoon

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Sam Kaylene
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you have to eat eegs with this spoon and ONLY EGGS

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#36

Someone Was Selling Dead Beetles Dressed Up As Jurassic Park Characters On Etsy

Someone Was Selling Dead Beetles Dressed Up As Jurassic Park Characters On Etsy

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#37

Chandelier Headlights

Chandelier Headlights

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Sam Kaylene
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

sia: IMMMM GONNA SWINNGGGG FROM THE CARRRRRRR FROM THE CARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRARRRRRR

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#39

I Guess They’d Rather Mop Than Vacuum

I Guess They’d Rather Mop Than Vacuum

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David K
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can we talk for a moment about the pseudo vintage radio on the dashboard and why the heck is it there?

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#41

This Texan Sink

This Texan Sink

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#42

Why Buy Converses When You Can Just Paint Them On

Why Buy Converses When You Can Just Paint Them On

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#43

A Sacred Candlestand

A Sacred Candlestand

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