While we love innovativly creepy ad placements such as this strong man elevator installation for Gold's Gym, we have to agree with Shawn who notes it'd be a bit weird to step into this particular elevator with your client, or anyone for that matter, and not laugh or giggle a bit.
While the image on this Bridgestone billboard does, perhaps, conjure images of that kid who gets his tongue stuck on the light pole in that Christmas movie they play every year and allude to traction, Adrants reader Matt found it to be "phuckin' gross!" We're undecided on the "phuckin gross" thing but we do think it's far better advertising than most bland tire ads wasting space in various media.
Adrants reader Dresden directs our attention to the super-classy Draft FCB congrats ad to all the winners from last summer's Cannes ad festival.
Dresden wryly notes, "Perhaps they should be the first to receive the 'Neal French Award' for non-creative, derivative, tacky work trying to pass as advertising..."
Ooh, that burns going down. Bottoms up to Draft. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Flickr user skonen blades wonders if the last panel in this brochure with the copy, "Join us for...whatever you're in the mood for," is a bit suggestive. He's even gone so far as to provide his own labels for the panels from first to last, "Dinner. Romantic drinks. A night out with friends. Rear entry." Whoops. Rear entry? Hey, we don't write this stuff. We just share it.
We wish we could come up with a title or description better than Adverb's "Doritos Japan Nut-crushing Package Design" but the fact is we can't - it is simply too apt. Even parsing it won't make it any better than that title already is: Doritos. In Japan. Makes nut-crushing package for chips.
Look closely because YES! - that is indeed a foot on the yellow man's nuts. Why do Japanese ads always hurt so good? - Contributed by Angela Natividad
Candystand, Candystand, Candystand:
"We've taken Origummy from our Extra Gum TV spots and "game-ified" him. Check out Extra Jetpack Mission -- another brand new game on Candystand.com. Certainly, not as complex as GT Racing or Mini Putt, but arguably more approachable and all-around fun." - Arbirtrary Candystand PR guy
Yeah well, we think Origummy looks high and is not too far a cry from South Park's stoned, lame-ass two-dimensional Towelie. The only difference is we're actually fond of Towelie.
Well, if you ain't got jack to do or you happen to be Canadian (interestingly, a lot of Candystand's games are made by Canadian groups like Fuel Industries in Ottawa), check out the game. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
If there weren't already enough sexual innuendo-laden marketing, Durex is bringing us even more seen-this, done-this, bored-with-this wink wink stuff on a site called The Pants Whisperer. On the site, you can find all the usual stuff: the hot doctor, the penis name generator, penis diagnosis, penis dickorations, a section called Bang It where people can upload videos of their personalized penile obsessions and, of course, the ubiquitous product information. So if you're feeling a bit inadequate today, head over to the site and pump yourself up with all sorts of penile obsession.
Adrants reader Mike sent us this manifesto on why sex and advertising are two pools that just shouldn't mix. Apparently sex in advertising is an assault on religious freedom, a form of lying and prostitution, and a contributing reason why consumers are covetous. The central authority is the Bible, from which twelve reasons are outlined on why it's totally illogical and immoral to attach a luscious naked body or lascivious thought to ... well, burritos, for example.
Yes, yes, we know there's a flashbulb obstructing the image but this was too good not to share. We found this Durex ad in a men's restroom in a city dominated by college students, and we can't help but wonder how many actually put scissors to print and let their little buddies fly forth and conquer.
The text definitely leaves no room for the imagination. Or does it in fact encourage the imagination to reach mighty new heights? Maybe Durex should hawk a superhero cape for both heads and not just one. - Contributed by Angela Natividad
We can't always choose our in-flight seatmates and in a crowded airport it's only wishful thinking to imagine we can control our surroundings. Sony reminds us of this ongoing state of quiet angst with the new print series for their cheaper-than-Bose, noise-mumming headphones. Here's a male variant.
We think the campaign is fair considering they only recently decided to wake their marketing department up from a long slumber. They were on shaky footing for awhile as demonstrated here and here. We're sure we'll see more interesting work from Sony as time marches on. - Contributed by Angela Natividad