Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
For the Society for Abandoned Animals in Hong Kong. This is stupid on so many levels, I don't know where to begin. From the press note:
"During peak hours, real size dead pet stickers were placed on the ground of outdoor car parks where abandoned pets will likely be wandering around. When a vehicle stopped by, we actually created the visual impact of an animal being hit down."
Your message is nearly unreadable on the stickers. You're making me late for work. You're getting your message out to literally tens of people. You should have donated the money spent on this awards-grab bullshit to the Society.
Ad agency: Draftfcb, Hong Kong.
Previously in: Fake Dead Dog Advertising (this one is pretty funny).
Fridays suck fashion models' stinky feet for ad blogging.
Anyway, did you know Jacksonville Fashion Week is going on RIGHT NOW? Did you know Jacksonville had a Fashion Week? Did you know Jacksonville had fashion? Well, Pilot jumped all over this fucking marketing goldmine with a program ad. And you're a better person for knowing all this. Ad agency: Bright Red TBWA.
Previous noteworthy pen ad:
• Barack Obama exploited to sell uni-ball pens.
Related: Chase loses the Bank Pens War.
Hmm. It appears to this cat GIF expert that the 2nd feline was tossed.
Previous GIF where a pet destroys a kid.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Top—ad for Topcuts, a chain of Toronto salons. Ad agency: Taxi 2.
Bottom—ad for Kanechom, a Brazilian hair care company. Translation: "We know how you feel on a bad hair day." Ad agency: Filadélfia.
Both ads released this week.
Previously in Who Had It First:
Two exact child sexual abuse ads • FedEx vs. Aramex, both awarding-winning.
Ad Creep takeover of every available space/thing in our lives continues, unabated.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
It may have been born in the UK, but it lives in Scandinavia.
Previously: a map of every McDonald's in America.
But that's OK, because there is no Hell.
So laugh at this one, too.
I am a lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan. And, therefore, there is nothing on this ever-warming planet that I hate more than the Boston Bruins and their slack-jawed, mono-syllabic fans.
The Bruin Bear spots of the past were funny. But, this, this here is brilliant. I laughed out loud two or three times. And this is just the teaser for more sit-com style shorts to come.
I don't think pencil-necked Jack Edwards should have been in on the fun, though; he's seriously the worst hockey play-by-play announcer in the history of ice.
Ad agency: Arnold Worldwide.
Unlike 90% of these types of PSAs, I think this new spot for UK children's charity NSPCC might actually prompt some action—because the kid actors sell it. It's good, but not quite as good as this amazingly powerful Irish child cruelty TV commercial from last year.
Directed by Amanda Boyle. Ad agency: Inferno, London.
The ad agency press note:
We've poisoned their food supply and destroyed their natural habitats. With flocks of birds falling out of the sky and whales beaching themselves on the shore, its like nature is giving us a sign; enough is enough. Maybe, just maybe, we've pushed nature too far and animals are giving up and taking their own lives. With this in mind, we created a campaign for the China Environmental Protection Foundation featuring animal suicide. All the animals we used were already dead when we found them. Did they take their own lives? Who knows, but who could blame them if they did? We hope this campaign will make people sit up and take notice of the damage we are doing to our planet.What do think? Effective? Ineffective? Creepy? Funny (the mice ad is pretty funny)? The sparrow got drunk before it hung itself. Ad agency: O&M, Hong Kong.
Previously, the organization did this impressive disposable chopsticks tree installation.
Big Richard's naughty pack of condoms comes with a vibrating cock ring. So she can still get off when you're done working. OK. Ad agency: Level 34 Group, an Australian ad agency owned by Big Richard founder Lloyd Perry, who previously sent a Thank You letter to the Pope. Previously: Bangkok Cock Ring Ads.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
(click, via EV Grieve)
On Eighth Street, between B and C. Related: An ad I did for BFI Waste Services that insulted the NYC mob.
From 2007. Ad agency: Grey Singapore.
Previously in: Phacial Photoshop Abuse.
Monday, March 26, 2012
New York State Senator Eric Adams (right) in session today.
Brooklyn, representing. Via.
"If you're not wearing women's clothes, you shouldn't be using women's shampoo either. Here it is. A real man's shampoo. Biomen. Real men use Biomen."
The ad is, amazingly, still running, despite vocal protestations.
Man up, you metrosexual Turks. Be like der Führer!
I repeat: Hitler—what can't he sell?
Sunday, March 25, 2012
@ the 23rd st. 6th Ave. subway station.
Is this the most infuriating payoff from a commercial ever, or what. I want my 50 seconds of life back, you Dockers® dickwads. Granted, part of what makes it a terrible payoff is that the phone booth footage is wonderfully art directed. No matter. Note to Dockers®: your khakis are not supermanly. They're not even manly. From their YouTube note:
"The modern man of action saves the day every day in a million small ways. Dress the part. Wear the pants."
What a load of disingenuous crap.
Ad agency: Draftfcb San Francisco.
(via Paul Malon)
There were a lot of cheap-ass, ugly-ass "space helmets" produced in America in the 1950s-60s. But this one is the cheap-ass-iest, ugly-ass-iest one I've ever seen. It looks like it was made in about 10 minutes from shit from some guy's house. Previously: classroom of the future, according to 1950s Japan.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
At least, that's what everybody called it yesterday (Forbes, Jezebel, etc). And the French brand pulled the ad from facebook and twitter less than an hour after posting it.
But here's another possible interpretation of the above headline/visual scenario from an ad-making and blowjob-receiving veteran: maybe he has a John Holmesian penis and, well, she's frightened?
OK, no, everybody's right: rapey.
Belvedere has done blowjob inspired layouts before (one, two).
Anyway, what is it with alcohol brands and rape scenarios?
Friday, March 23, 2012
Unnecessarily punctuated Punctuation is unnecessary punctuation is punctuation that is punctuated unnecessarily by punctuation.
Chicken Little is right, the sky is falling. Previously: Necessary "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks of the Day.
From 2008. Real or fake, I don't care. Really nice idea. Ad agency: Grey, Lebanon. Previously: the best outdoor ad installation ever.
Marshall. Amp. Fridge.
Devil Horns, you emo pussies.
What are these, ads for JBL?
Yes, not all Africans. Roll with my hyperbolic headline.
To quote the AofW commenter CuriousPencil: "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Give a man a speaker and his boat will fucking sink."
Talk about your completely fucked up visual metaphors. "Hello actionaid? My ox has dropped dead from the weight of your speakers. Could you send a microphone, or possibly a bullhorn? Or another ox?"
A shame so much money was spent on these beautiful layouts.
Ad agency: DLV BBDO Italy.
Previously: donate your liposuctioned fat to starving Africans.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
"It’s OK to do a show like that, but when they announced that the show was going to be about ‘the incredible period of the advertising industry in the 1960s,’ everybody thought it was going to be about me. All over the world I’m called ‘the original mad man.’ My bitch about it is the fact that it’s a show about a bunch of scum bags. All they do is screw the secretaries, drink themselves to death, smoke themselves to death and produce piss advertising. And this is happening during the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and women’s liberation? All the important things going on in the world and they’ve got that piss-ass show?"Exactly. Piss advertising. Via Paper Magazine.
This is how.
From the press note: "Finns are the most punctual people in Europe. We are very protestant when it comes to work ethics. We work until the eight hours have been completed. Our film shows the first 0.5 seconds after the workday has finished on any given Friday."
It's like "Miller Time", except for, you know, smart people.
Ad agency: 358 Helsinki.
Nice copy combo: offensive and stupid.
Reebok says the ad only appeared inside one German gym (I doubt that). Still, the hubbub over it did force the brand to issue a pathetic apology, a spokesperson saying Reebok didn't "condone this message or cheating in any way." Good to know. Fyi, Reebok Germany has a history of producing sexist ads. Via Business Insider.
First, why the FUCK haven't I ever gotten the chance to work on a porn account?
Second, These videos for Canada's Amour Adult TV are fucking hard-on perfect. So simple. So...FUCK. Thirdly, I hate you lucky fuckers at Dare Vancouver (the ad agency). Second spot below featuring "Officer Biggs" (heh). And here's the third spot, "Special Delivery". Related—this is also very good, via Germany: the classiest porn commercial ever.
Eve Carson, student body president at the University of North Carolina, was shot and killed in March 2008. Jubeerich Consultancy (website) is a company that offers overseas study opportunities and job placement. The billboard appears in two locations on National Highway 49 in southern India, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. Jubeerich has apologized and promised to take down the boards. Lesson: Don't use Google Image search to find a random pretty face for your ads. Idiots. (Thanks for the tip, Jake).
Many of you have emailed me asking which of the retro style ads I liked from this week's "collectors" edition of Newsweek, so here's my answer: none of them. Honestly, I was very disappointed.
But, if I had to pick two, the GEICO and Benetton ones above would be it, with the GEICO being my least disliked (nice chair). I don't like the Benetton UnHate campaign, but I like the use of the astronaut and cosmonaut here. (Except, why use captions under them? We're not fucking idiots).
Ad agencies—GEICO: The Martin Agency; Benetton: 72andSunny.
See all the ads from the issue here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
And I hate kids!
But I love everything about this spot. The narrative, the writing, and that goddamn charming British brat—she delivers the commercial acting performance of the year.
Anybody know Oreo's UK ad agency? It's Draftfcb in the US.