British humor--second to none. While it's been 30 days since my last suicide spot, this one after the jump... isn't. I explain--you follow along: It's for the new VW Scirocco running on the BBC's Top Gear with car freaks Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Branded entertainment with a suicide chaser. This series of fake spots skirts the issue of death and dying (and the UK's advertising regulatory guidelines on little things like suicide) by posing those scenarios as a hypothetical. So here it goes again, will anyone be offended at a fictionalized depiction buried in a spoof? Does context matter? (Isn't the real question, why would someone do it over a VW?)
OK. Time to play catch up.
- For some inexplicable reason, images of people who've pissed their pants are supposed to sell Volkswagen GTIs.
- Those grunting and groaning sounds you hear from your son's room? It's not what you think.
- Verizon continues to slam AT&T.
- Those Japanese. They think of everything. For the ladies whose nipples get much too large for concealment in cold weather, try the USB Bust Beauty Pad.
- The long, frustrating road to "Strawberry Flavored Juice Drink Blend" and the idiocy of selling juice that really isn't juice.
- "Social ads don't drive clickthroughs. Unlike billboards."
- And then there's the whole exposed nipple thing American Apparel loves so much. NSFW>.
- Julia Allison. You've never hear of her (unless you're a social media troll and love Twitter) but she is now featured in a new Sony ad alongside Justin Timberlake.
- Be sure to check out episode 5 of AdVerve with Bill Green and Angela Natividad.
- Conde Nast ad pages dropped 43 percent (8,359 pages) in 2009.
- The Art Director's Club has a new look.
New Berlin agency, TODD is out with a new campaign for the East German band, Rammstein and Universal Music. The campaign promotes the new Rammstein album, Liebe ist für alle da (Love Is There For Everyone) with the message that everyone has the right to express and receive love in whatever odd or kinky way they choose. The launch single "Pussy" shows the band members starring in their own porn movie, directed by Jonas Åkerlund.
And then there the butcher hacking the head of some dead animal. Have a look at all four videos here, here, here and here.
Believe it or not, its a campaign and it's airing on TV.
Victoria's Secret is out with its new Miraculous push up bra commercial which claims to add two cup sizes to any woman who buys one. We once worked with a woman who, shall we ever so politely say, was flat. But that never stopped her from going to freakishly painful looking efforts to squeeze together what little flesh she had on her chest into what she perceived to be attractive cleavage. All it did was make her look like she was wearing a rubber band around her chest.
It's all about size, people. Thirteen inch erections and DDD cup breasts. Much like food, many people go to extreme efforts to super-size various parts of their body in an effort to adhere to the impossible standards we've place on what constitutes looking good.
If you have huge boobs, be pleased with them. If you have small boobs, be pleased with them. Get over the obsessive urge to super-size.
Wait, what? Did we just say that? Who doesn't love big breasts? Not Victoria's Secret which, as it has many times before, is hyping a new push up bra. This one claims to add two cup sizes to what you've already got.
And the bra is available available in DD cup size. So if you're already big, you can be even bigger. See? Isn't America great? We like everything bigger. And Victoria's Secret is here to help.
If you're going to advertise a product that helps you tighten our ass and make your legs look great, you might as well highlight the results of using that product, right? That's exactly what DDB Chicago did for Reebok in a new commercial.
In the ad, a woman talk about the features of the show and how they can "make your legs and butt look great too." The camera operator, who clearly notices the woman's ass an legs have benefited from the shoes, thinks the results should be highlighted and zooms in on her assets.
While the woman isn't miffed at all by the camera's leer, she has to admonish the operator for an overactive use of the camera's zoom lens.
OK first of all if you wear this many clothes, you deserve to suffer from the wrath (if it even amounts to that) of global warming. Second, if you want us to understand anything about "parts per million" or the "natural state" of the atmosphere, don't use stripping models. They kind distract from anything else that's trying to be conveyed. And third, don't rob us of our climax. That's just mean.
You've always got to wonder about these ads. You know the ones. The entire ad is one large graphic. And the only other thing on the page is a tiny logo and, perhaps, a tagline. And it's in English but from non-English speaking country. Nine times out of ten, they are spec or spoof ads. And sometimes they can cause you to be sued for thousands by brands without a sense of humor.
This ad for a daytime dog care company asks us to wonder just what our four legged friends really do all day long when they're home alone. According to this ad, they are no different that us humans when we get a little bored and need a bit of distraction from the stress of our daily routines.
We've asked the creators of this ad, Jung von Matt in Stockholm, Sweden, to categorize this ad for us (they've confirmed it to be the deal deal) but we really don't care. We like it whether it's real or not.
We were so busy enjoying Golden Kiss Mayo on Friday (OK, not really), we didn't have a chance to share these radio jingle outtakes with you. Progressively more salacious, each take gets raunchier and raunchier and the directors becomes more and more, well, just give it a listen. But not near anyone who might be grossed out by some rather disgusting fetishes.
The debate about just what sexy is has been going on for as long as the first cave woman modeled the latest woolly mammoth fashions. Some enjoy full on nudity. Others like the teasing tantalization of skimpy clothing (think miniskirt, heels and a tight top). But some want everything left to the imagination.
In this commercial for Liaison Dangerous, we're given a glimpse under the hood of what would otherwise not be considered all that sexy. It's all relative.
Ever wonder where that $10, $20 or $100 went after you handed it over to to buy some food, get a car wash or tip a stripper? Well, Germany's Heart's Desire Association takes a look at a single bill's travels. It isn't pretty. But the organization promises bills that find their way into the organization will have a much happier ending.