Boobs On Bikes Promotional Parade Stirs Controversy in Auckland

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Adrants reader Amy is surprised we didn't cover the news regarding last week's apparently controversial Boobs on Bikes Parade which promoted the weekend's Erotica expo in Auckland, New Zealand. Avid Adrants readers know we never stoop to the depths of racy fair such is this simply to garner increased readership but when a reader wonders why we haven't covered the news, a little bell goes off in our head helping us to realize we really do need to serve our reader's need.

That said, we are duty bound to comply so we'll inform you 20 porn stars rode topless down Queens Street on motorbikes to the glee and shock on onlookers which ranged from pre-pubescent small boys to the elderly on the verge of a coronary. Calling the event "morally repugnant," Auckland City Councilors tried to get the event canceled but could not succeed. Event organizer Steve Crow, taking the don't like don't look stance, said, "If it was a religious parade I'm not religious and I would choose to stay out of Queen Street for the day. They've got the choice." Crow also said the City Councilors' efforts are pointless adding, "The only way they could legally stop it would be to change the constitution of New Zealand and remove women's rights to bare their breasts in public." Hmm. Do we have that right here in the States?

by Steve Hall    Aug-27-06    
Topic: Events



FILA Hosts Second T-Shirt Art Extravaganza

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In an ideal marriage or art and commerce, FILA and the New York Collective of the Arts Project are holding their second FILA + NYCOLLECTIVE PROJECT - the Artists Play Two T-Shirt Series this Thursday, August 24 at the company's flagship store in mid-town Manhattan. The project provides a means for artists to showcase their creative work. The event will unveil the Fall 2006 t-shirt line, designed by various artists, as well as an auction for tennis-inspired art to benefit the New York Collective of the Arts.

by Steve Hall    Aug-23-06    
Topic: Events, Good, Point of Purchase, Specialty



MTV Goes All Bloggy, Gawker Stalker For VMAs

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At this moment MTV's Video Music Awards show is nine days, two hours, 45 minutes and 28 seconds away. We know that from the countdown clock atop a newly launched site/blog/map/video extravaganza which is loaded with all sorts of goodies. There's videos of the artists, an interactive map that lets visitors "spy" on artists' hang outs with an interactive map, an app called a "Vidget" (likely a customizes RSS reader) which delivers new content to the desktop, a list of pre-VMA events in the city, promotional discounts to area restaurants, a daily sweepstakes and subscription giveaways to Urge. It aims to put the entire city

by Steve Hall    Aug-22-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Events, Good, Video, Weblogs



Lingerie-Clad Bodog Booth Babes Offer Pillow Fight to Attendees

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At a recent World Series of Poker Gambling Lifestyle Expo (whatever that is) in Las Vegas, poker site, Bodog, at their booth, had a collection of lingerie-clad models giving pillow fights to anyone who wanted to hop on the bed with them. They also video taped it for the person. No doubt, there booth had some serious foot traffic. Check out all the video here.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 9-06    
Topic: Events, Good, Video



Promotion Begets Unholy Alliance With lamb of God

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For all the head bangers out there, hard rock magazine Revolver is running a promotion alongside the Unholy Alliance Tour which is headlined by Slayer and includes Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon and Thine Eyes Bleed. Not exactly the sort of music the local church would be interested in but, then again, there's only so much organ music one can take. The magazine has created a Guide to the tour and anyone spotted at the concerts with the Guide and wearing a Lamb of God T-shirt will get the chance to go backstage, meet the band and listen to the band's new album, Sacrament.

by Steve Hall    Aug- 1-06    
Topic: Events, Magazine, Promotions



Nicktoons Gets Retro With Flip Book Animations

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Going a bit retro, Nicktoons Network is giving kids everywhere a chance to learn about animation through the distribution of flip books that play back full-motion clips from two of the net's new original animated shows.

The flip books will be distributed free to kids all summer during Nicktoon Network's first cross-country mobile tour, held at Comic-Con International and during the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival at Nicktoons Studios. The flip books are a product of Flippies, an Adrants advertiser and a company that's doing some interesting things with an old-school medium.

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-06    
Topic: Cable, Events, Guerilla



Reebok Spokesperson Double Dips With PUMA

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Recently, rapper Lupe Fiasco signed a marketing deal with Reebok to appear in several ad campaigns but just last week he appeared at a PUMA-sponsored event to hype the release of the company's Karmaloop sneaker. Needless to say, Reebok's a bit pissed and isn't so happy it paid Fiasco millions only to have him help promote a competitor's brand. Apparently, there's an emergency meet between the two sides this week to iron out the whole mess.

by Steve Hall    Jul-26-06    
Topic: Bad, Events, Sponsorship



Truth Campaign Fuses with Fuse For Warped Tour Documentary

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Television music network fuse has joined with the truth anti-smoking campaign, , for a documentary, called Warped: Inside & Out, which will look at the alternative music and extreme sports event, Vans Warped Tour 2006. The documentary will cover the three month-long music tour and will feature truth brand presence by incorporating the orange truth truck and its crew. The series also includes the tour¹s creator Kevin Lyman and his staff, roadies, guitar techs, tour bus drivers, members and managers of the 100+ bands that will be on the tour.

The documentary will include a supporting campaign with content accessible on fuseMobile, fuse On Demand and online at fuse.tv. which will have a micro-site designed to give tour-goers and non-attendees the details on Warped. The site will have a bunch of clips from Warped, along with photo galleries and blogs that will cover the tour.

by Steve Hall    Jul-26-06    
Topic: Cable, Events, Mobile/Wireless, Online, Sponsorship



Kelly Monaco, Brooke Burke Rally For Gillette's NoScruf

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Dancing With the Stars' Kelly Monaco and former Burger King queen Brooke Burke are bringing Gillette's NoScruf campaign (previously) to New York's Herald Square today around noon with a rally to carry the movement's message: we aren't going to shave until you do. Boston's Digitas created the faux, Geocities looking site to launch the cause that encourages men to shave - with Gillette razors, of course - by threatening men with women who don't shave. At the event, there will, apparently, be an army of unshaven women freaking out the men of New York. It's the double standard kind of thing. Public relations firm Porter Novelli organized the event. If anyone attends, please send us pictures.

by Steve Hall    Jul-11-06    
Topic: Celebrity, Events, Good



Volkswagen to Host ZSG Block Party in Miami

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Organized by as*itive, Volkswagen is sponsoring a block party in Miami to benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities. The event, called the ZSG Block Party, is being held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Tyson Foods Zo's Summer Groove at the American Airlines Arena from 1PM to 6PM July 16. VW is the Official Vehicle of the event and will provide cars and drivers to transport invited guests, celebrities and athletes, along with the event host Alonzo Mourning.

Volkswagen's theme will be carnival meets Mardi Gras featuring stilt walkers, steel drummers, jugglers, a magician, tattoo and caricature artists, cotton candy, snow cones and a dunk tank. Miami DJ¹s and radio personalities from WEDR-FM will also be onsite throughout the day. In addition to trivia contests and raffles for seat upgrades at the game, there will be an autograph session with Alonzo in the VW tent.

Radio advertising, prize giveaways,promotional street teams and Rabbit, GTI, Jetta, Passat and Toureg test drives will lead up to the event.

by Steve Hall    Jul- 7-06    
Topic: Events










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