All Models Should Be Decapitated

The Decapitator is an artist in London with an interesting style. He takes photos, flyers, posters, newspapers and the like and paints over them so that the heads of the people are decapitated. Or he’ll create printed versions that he can paste over the original. It’s really cool.

Check out the video below showing how he decapitated the head of a model in an advertisement in The London Paper and then handed out copies of the paper to people on the street. He’s also got a great Flickr profile with more of his work.

Ready For Black Friday?

One of the biggest purchasing days of the year is upon us once again. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the best and worst days of the year to buy Christmas gifts. It’s one of the best days to shop because stores everywhere drastically lower their prices for anyone who can get to the actual store early enough to snatch up a limited amount of whatever it is they’ve discounted. I’ve seen some awesome deals before, like last year, when Circuit City had a nice $250 laptop. Now that’s cheap!

Black Friday is also one of the worst days of the year to shop too. Why? Because everyone in the entire world is trying to get their hands on that $250 laptop. I was one of those people last year. I woke up at about 4:30am and went to Circuit City with my brother. There was a line all the way around the building already and it was freezing outside. We got in around 7am and by the time we made our way to the counter in the computer section, all of the laptops were gone and 2 more hours had passed. It was 9 in the morning and I had nothing to show for it. I decided to go to the Best Buy across the street and see what they had. They actually had a lot of good deals on DVD gift packages, so I purchased quite a few of those for Christmas presents.

So that’s why I love and hate Black Friday. Every year, I tell myself that there’s no way I’m going out and trying to get those deals, but every year I find myself waiting in a long line in the cold. Do you know why? Because those deals are just too crazy to pass up. This is what this article is really about. Where do you find these deals? The website I’ve been using for years is BFAds.net, because they post just about every major retailers Black Friday ads before they are supposed to be released. I don’t know where they get it, I’m betting it employees, but the ads are almost always accurate.

Check out the website, hit their forums and write out the items that you want to pick up for your family. If you dedicate the entire day to shopping for gifts, I can guarantee that you’ll have gifts for almost everyone on your list and for much cheaper than you had planned. You’ll probably have bags of stuff for yourself too.

If you’re looking for some more places to shop, but online, I’d also recommend checking out Steep and Cheap, Woot and Amazon’s Gold Box Deals page. Happy shopping!

Ads Out of the Norm

Ads out of the norm

Whether we’re in the advertising field or not, I think we all enjoy critiquing the good, the bad and the ugly side of commercials we see on TV.

Dominos; gracing many countries with its presence, this Netherlands based commercial says it all; “Man hungry. Ding-dong. Pizza!”

The Dominos’ ad portrays a man- a hungry man, uhh, regurgitates the pizza delivery guy; bicycle helmet and all. Apparently this man was indeed hungry while the pizza boy was perceptibly angered and confused. Wouldn’t you be?

Check out the ad below:

Advertising, to me, isn’t exactly an art form. Yes, it does take some creative thinking to get an impressive ad, but I mean art form as in painting, sketching, sculpting, etcetera. But, perhaps this ad is an art form.

Littered with abstract sounds and shapes, blots of yellows peppered throughout the ad- the commercial takes you through a journey.

So what can this type of ad possibly advertise to us?

With everything going green nowadays, there’s been ample of ads (some notable, some not so notable) telling us how and why we should be going green.

I believe this ad is one of the more notable ads.

Billboards aren’t my favorite kind of advertising; they’re big, tacky, and cause wrecks; because people are distracted by the big tacky billboards. But this particular billboard is not tacky, though still big, and may still cause wrecks, but only because of its novel way of sending a green message.

See for yourself, below.

Electricity Billboard

If at first you don’t succeed… lower your standards, right? Apparently this is a motto that we, Americans, follow with quite conviction with us lowering the standards of who can join the military and all. I bet this country feels great that they needn’t lower any principals at all.

Set at a breakfast/dinner table (I’m guessing breakfast because of the banana, but I’m not exactly sure…) with ma, pop, sis and bro; the brother then decides to go into Grand Theft Auto mode, paying particular attention to the mother.

The moral of this thirty second story; that if you’re a crazed trigger-happy violent nut, there’s no place for you in the resilient yet peaceful Dutch army.

Okay. So we’ve all seen the Dove Campaigns for Real Beauty ads either with concurrence or aversion. Personally, I do agree with their message, however, I don’t think the media will change anytime soon. The desire for woman wanting to be thin, blemish free, photogenic, and modelesque will always be there; with the media on your shoulder cunningly whispering it in your ear or not. But, it is, indeed, a great message to send to our children.

Beginning with a big doe eyed little girl starring at you for what it feels like, a couple of lingering minutes, (a little uncomfortable for my sake) it cuts to various rapid-shooting ads relaying the messages of sexy, slender, soft, plastic surgery, tight, firm, tall… world of advertising.

While researching some of these ads, I found that Dove and Axe are owned by the same company, Unilever. Compare Dove ads to Axe ads. Hmmm…

I give my compliments to the world of advertising. I’m not in anyway a thinker like most advertisers are; clever, witty, inventive, a writer (a leisurely writer yes, but a superior writer, no.)

I look forward to the ads that may present during the Super Bowl; I’ll be sure to rant on those, so check back then.