Is it just us or does the visual in this Chinese open manhole awareness campaign connote something relating to an entirely different sort of man hole? Apparently, the Chinese like to steal manhole covers. Why we know not but it seems the plight is so severe, an ad campaign is needed to urge caution to those who find themselves near manholes of a certain size. Not that caution should be thrown to the wind when entering much smaller versions of the man hole.
No better way to start a revolution than with stickers. Just ask Shepard Fairey. Or in this case, Axe. Observe slap-on improvements on mundane street signage here and here.
The effort was launched by Lowe, Belgium via Ads of the World, so we're more or less sure somebody's going to snarl, "Hey, that's fake."
In a less subtle effort to demonstrate how completely irresistible the common man could be with a more persuasive spritz, Axe recently also had really hot cops spray and siege at random on the streets of Poland.
Oh, Axe-scented man, let us at him, we can't resist. Except, oh, that we can.
Just like our imagined world peace courtesy of the Svedka Vodka Fembots, a world with police officers dressed like these Axe Body Spray police women just might be a far less violent place. For the pure visual shock value alone, potential crooks would be stopped dead in their tracks.
So AXE went out and hired a bunch of nice looking women in Crakow Poland, dressed them in police hottie wear complete with Body Spray belt and miniskirt, picked men out of the crowd to spray them with AXE and then thrust themselves all over the guy in uncontrollable reaction to the "stench" of AXE Body Spray. Onlookers wished they were so lucky. Bom Chica Wah Wah!
Hmm. It would be nice if, perhaps, someone would do this to Times Square. In an effort to promote London's open green space movement, Cake, last night, turfed the entire surface of London's Trafalgar Square. You can watch a time-lapsed video of the project here and a visit the Facebook (take that, MySpace!) page here. See other images and the "before" picture here.
We were shamefully unaware of Virgin's preoccupation with barf bags until this entry by AdFreak, though one can probably argue it goes hand-in-hand with the drugs > food lifestyle of their other obsession.
Anywho, the barf ... bag ... theme is something they're clearly committed to. With Crispin Porter + Bogusky holding the staple gun, Virgin's proceeded to affix three-foot-tall barf bags onto temporary walls around construction sites and scaffoldings in major cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston, DC and Chicago, the airline's biggest hub cities.
Each bag has a long tome across the front about the retch-worthy penny-pinching going down in the airline business today.
"What better expression of the current state of air travel than an air sickness bag?" a Virgin spokesperson dryly notes.
Under the tsk-tsky tagline "How did air travel become so bloody awful?", expect to see the campaign through mid-July.
- The City Desk examines the 60 year history of the Richman Spectacles rich Man iconic neon sign that sits atop the Deputy Tyrone Campbell Building on Pearl Street. The area was once called Squint Alley due to the overwhelming brilliance and quantity of neon signs that once graced the area.
- Virgin Atlantic Airways has put its account in review. Crispin Porter + Bogusky has had the account since 2003 and will not defend.
Catch Seinfeld promoting Bee Movie by jumping off an eight story building in Cannes.
- Oddcast is having fun with its Baby Mail.
- Cynopsis reports, "The CW is planning on not selling traditional commercials in the new trend-watching series CW Now on Sunday nights. Instead, the network will integrate marketers into the show as sponsors for specific segments such as fashion, beauty or music. This fall, The CW will also sell five-second spots called "cwickies" to advertisers, in particular movie studios, three times throughout a show or during the course of a night, followed by a longer-form commercial, like a trailer. "
- Apparently, new research suggest young adults read more magazines, not less.
- Check out the Creativity Award winners.
For the new Audi TT, Lowe Roche, Toronto decided to leverage what we're going to call Boston Syndrome and invade a town with unexplained symbology: giant TTs. Note crop circles. Note video (which is actually quite gorgeous and pleasant).
Orwell would have a blast in '07.
Our only major critique of these sorts of campaigns is that unless you're blowing minds with your guerilla efforts, it might be asking much to assume your consumer is going out of his or her way to pursue an understanding about why TT's are suddenly appearing all over the place.
Out of resentment, they might even go out of their way not to.
And to be fair, corporate art (which also proliferates every corner) is so crappy they might not even register the significance of the TT's, unless they wander mistakenly into a cornfield over lunchtime and stumble across a crop circle.
As a follow up to their Livin' Large in Aveo, Chevy is doing the "this car's so awesome you could live in it" thing again. Chevy is sending Eric Schackne and Filup Molina on a cross-country quest for so-called stardom. The two will travel from Gainesville, Florida to Hollywood, California continue to to see if they can make it big in movie land. Along the way they'll document the people they meet, the experiences they have and the "performances" they deliver in comedy clubs and with improv troupes in cities along their route. Eesh. That oughtta be good. If you aren't lucky enough to be one of their stops on their week-long road trip, the whole thing's being chronicled with videos and a blog.
No one really wants to live in a car but a road trip is a right of passage and we're liking Chevy a lot for helping these two dudes fulfill this important life chapter. We think more automakers should get in on the game too. After all, there ain't much money in the pockets immediately after college.
How do you make cancer funny? With tighty whities and hairy men, which make most everything funny.
For Olay's Skin Cancer Takes Friends, effort, which encourages watchers to get free screenings, Company X and Saatchi and Saatchi put together a spot about a screening station on the streets of New York. Only one man balls up to take the exam and he strips all the way down to his briefs, to the horror of passers-by.
Check it out on the Company X website.
The ad was shot with a set of hidden cameras and reactions were for the most part genuine. Company X editor Barney Miller gushes, "Every friend I play it for says something along the lines of, 'Wow, that's funny. I really need to get a skin cancer screening.'"
Hrm. Okay, then.
In an effort to put all those overpriced, hipsteresque pussy vodkas back in their place, the grand daddy of vodka, Stolichnaya, constructed a 10,000 square foot traveling hotel and gave it a celebu-gasmic opening in LA May 2. With everyone from Bai Ling to Apple Guy Justin Long to ER's Shane West to Andy Dick to Devon Aoki to Bijou Phillips to James Blunt and even Paris Hilton who looked bored out of her mind, Stoli did the pop up store thing in high style. What, you expect more? There's only so much you can say about celebrities and LA.