"We left you a trail of breadcrumbs but those pesky pigeons ate them all" is a funny line in this Kodak poster. Plus Wi-fi cameras sound pretty sweet. They should add a text entry pad on that, linked up to your typepad account to create the ultimate live-blogging device.
Let's play a game. How many things are wrong with this poster? Here's my guesses: 1) What's with the amalgam of styles - preppy/hiphop and they don't know how to wear either... pink shirt looks like he just got off work at Applebee's and is trying on a doo-rag for his Halloween costume... 2) They’re at a go-kart-track, I can just see that bright idea coming up in a focus group conversation. Unfortunately, there's no go-karts around Nevins street (except maybe some that "fell off the back of the truck" and are sitting in a garage...) 3) Something very wrong about the 3 guys and the 1 girl... The story I envision is they’re joking about they used to all ride her bareback back in the day, oldschool style, but it's all chill now cause they got Reyataz. 4) Apparently, HIV makes you fat. 5) This ad wears its demographic intentions on its sleeve 6) This is a bad ad.
On the door of a New York Sports Club. In case you need help filling in those blank posters, they've decided to give you some starter words. I especially look forward to patronizing NYSC and learning how to "spoon" and "schlep" better (Blank posters courtesy of Bucky Turco via Adrants).
"Whatever you can imagine, we've seen worse. Last year, the ASPCA handled over 65,000 cruelty cases. 4,000 in New York City alone. To learn how you can help prevent cases like this, visit ASCPAspeak.org" Very powerful. I like how they make you put the concept together on your own, horrific as it may be. Here's a pdf of the other campaign iterations. I would say executions but that doesn't really seem appropriate...
Exacto knife accurate American Apparel spoof, or "culture jam" (a word
whose cringe worthiness is soon upon us). In August, Negativland-friendly folks
pasted these posters around Los Angeles,
home base of American Apparel. Found on Stay Free!
Daily - the blog for the consumer culture crit magazine with the reach far
beyond its Brooklyn digs.
"When Maxim was first introduced in Russia, some citizens with an agenda
began vandalizing the signage. Fine, said their agency, and designed
the new billboards to look as if they already have been vandalized. The
signage was left alone. The spray-painted copy in red reads: "Shame!"
and "Lewdness!" The copy at the bottom reads: "A misunderstood magazine
about quiet family values." (Billboardom)
Benjamin Rogovy, a Mercedes driving 22-yearold entrepreneur, trademarked "Bumvertising," his invention of paying homeless people in food and water and $1-$5/hour, "depending on traffic patterns" to attach "visit pokerfacbook.com" to the bottom of their begging signs. His website is a window dressing page to lure people to partypoker.com (he gets paid for people signing up and percentages of the money they spend). Here is nice Daily Show video eviscerating Mr. Rogovy. "Since the show, Google hits for "bumvertising" have gone from 9,000 to 43,000," reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.