Skateboarders Raise Middle Finger to Establishment With Invisible Ramps


When snowboarding came to the slopes of ski areas the world over, most skiers looked down their noses at boarders labeling them punks whose antics destroyed the peaceful beauty of downhill skiing. In many ways, that view was correct yet over the years skiers and boarders have learned to co-exist.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-20-14    
Topic: Guerilla

Everyone Hates the Venmo Ad Campaign


If you're in New York, perhaps you've seen the out-of-home campaign for Venmo, an app that makes it easy to send money to a friend. It features Lucas (who actually works at Venmo) staring off into space with copy that doesn't say much.

Copy includes, "Lucas buys a round" and "Lucas uses Venmo" and "Lucas takes the stairs" and Lucas has dreams." The ads don't explain Venmo which in and of itself is a worthy tactic with the aim of getting people curious enough to find out for themselves.

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by Steve Hall    Jan-20-14    
Topic: Outdoor

Aerie Aims to Boost Girls' Self-Esteem by Retiring Photoshop


For it's Spring 2014 ad campaign, American Eagle sister store for lingerie, Aerie, has decided to go au natural. No, the models will not be in their birthday suits but they won't be retouched. At least that's what the new campaign is promising.

A new campaign which promises, "No more retouching our girls and no more supermodels," features "regular" girls because "the real you is sexy." As well, the campaign is, "challenging supermodel standards by featuring unretouched models in their latest collection of bras, undies and apparel."

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by Steve Hall    Jan-20-14    
Topic: Trends and Culture

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