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Hundreds of photos of funny billboards and crazy outdoor ads
found throughout the world:

"Under the Bridge" Advertising


I've never seen advertising on the other side of the bridge, but there's always first time. This one is to dramatize the magnificent grip of JK Tyre tires.

Nissan's Billboard with a Kite


There should be more kites in our skies, even if with ads. Kites rock.
-- cerebro creativo

"Clearance" Store Front


-- source: Adlova

Fiat Ad on Airplane Windows


An ad for Fiat over porthole shades.
-- creative brain

Big Butt Outdoor
Two creative ways to use the big-butt incentive in an outdoor ad:


Slap the image on chairs at a restaurant (via ads of the world).


Make the image elastic and stretchy and put it on the gym exercise machines (via crative brain).

"Building Mod" Billboard


Mighty Optical Illusions brings us this billboard (more pictures inside) in Toronto that doesn't really advertise anything, but uses the same "building mod" approach as this Turkish billboard for Volkswagen and the NY billboard for Court TV.

Billboard Graffiti


A social outcry against donut terrorists takes form of a billboard-liberating graffiti.
-- via I Am Bored (and who isn't?)

Earlier:
Illegal Billboards by Ron English

Giant Maxim Billboard in Nevada Desert


AdRants writes about a giant - 75 X 110 foot - replica of the Maxim magazines's cover placed in the Las Vegas desert to celebrate Maxim's 100th issue. Let's get a huge model if we can't have our huge iPod.

More Crushing Balls




Loved the giant advertising things that crush cars? AdRants brings you more, here (the tennis balls) and here (the red ones). And the muffins, the killer muffins!

Boobs Painted on MINI To Advertise Something


It says: "FHM. It's a guy's thing." Don't know what FHM is. Comes from the depth of my hard drive.

[Update April 7, 2006] As many of the Billboardom's reader have kindly pointed out, FHM is a men's magazine. Dunno, I prefer Playboy in Braille.

Windows-Decorated Computer Store


A small Windows-decorated store that sells computer hardware in Ukraine.
-- advertka

Bathroom Doors Fight Drunk Driving


Looks like remodelling bathroom doors is the second hottest trend in out-of-home advertising right after hacking urinals (followed closely by crushing balls). This is a good one, though. The Pedestrian Council of Australia made public bathrooms look like jail cells to convey the consequences of drinking and driving (don't-drink-and-drive billboards are a whole separate subject altogether).
-- from Frederik Samuel's

Double-Sided Billboards Fight Drugs


An interesting use of billboards' "doublesidedness" in this Saatchi campaign in Singapore.

Modded Taxi Advertising A Toyshop


A wind-up taxi advertises The Biggest Toyshop in the World.
-- advertising for peanuts

Billboards Mounted on Sheep


I know you've seen this image already, but for the sake of record-keeping I had to repost it here. Nice, but not original. Golden Palace has already branded cows.
-- via We Make Money

Outdoor Mini-Museums for Ikea


If you liked Ikea's showcase on wheels or it's recent outdoor campaign that wrapped street furtniture in funky fabrics, you will love these outdoor showrooms placed in Japan.
-- advertising for peanuts

Billboards as Blankets for Homeless


Salvation Army used real blankets for posters so that homeless people can use them whenever needed.
-- coloribus

Socially Responsible Billboard in Liberia


Click image to zoom in. Source: Advertka.

Bus Billboard for Adsense


Photoshopped or not, this supposedly Google's billboad for its AdWords program raise a bunch of interesting questions about advertising going transmedia.Would be even better if made clickable.
-- via advertising for peanuts

"Sugar Dadies" Billboard


More African billboards can be found at Houtlust.

SciFi Channel's Outdoor


A tomb for SciFi Channel in Toronto.
-- infopub

"Exercise More" Poster

A (perhaps adhesive) poster with a basketball ring and basket, via Coloribus.

"Painted Shadows" Outdoor


Auckland Regional Council painted palm tree shadows to show people what they were missing.
-- frederik samuel

"Nintendo DS Grave" Outdoor


An outdoor campaign in Italy advertising (I think) the Resident Evil: Deadly Silence game for Nintendo DS. Kind of like this zombie hands promo.

Boundary-Pushing Billboard-Bending Butts

A recent billboard for Fitness Company, found by Advertising for Peanuts.



An older billboard for Sweetex from the archives.

Steaming Coffee Manhole Cover


Oh, this is the work of genius. Why waste the precious steam coming from the manhole covers when you can make a perfect coffee ad out of it.
-- Coloribus

Mortgage Billboard


No, billboards for banks and financial services don't have to be boring, not in Turkey.
-- bigumigu

Amnesty International's Outdoor


A campaign for Amnesty International. There's one for UNICEF that uses the same concept.
-- coloribus

Giant Truck On Its Head


Source: advertising for peanuts.

T-Shirt with Boobs and Extra Hands


Noticed this t-shirt on foreign blogs and couldn't resist posting it here. Don't think it has anything to do with billboards.

Bus Shelter Looks Like Furnished Room


If you liked the McDonald's bus stop, you'll love this one from Prague. Another creative execution advertising mortgages (here's one from Turkey).
-- ad arena

Rowenta Billboard


As a side note, what do you call this thing the billboard promotes? Curlers? I need to get a life.

Firefox Bus


For all Firefox fanboys and fangirls, here's an Indian Firefox bus. More pics here.

Honda's "No Choke" Billboard


Lethal says, "This is a piece for Honda at 49 Old St, London. Designed to tease and
communicate the proposition provided by Honda's new Civic Hybrid, which is
exempt from the London Congestion Charge because of low emission rates. NO CHOKE is made from moss and wood, and was designed and produced by Lethal and Sally McCaffrey, a landscape artist."

"Hairdo" Bus Shelter


source: coloribus

Hair Dryer Promotes Nasal Discongestant


source: creative criminal

Blush Bag


So this bag is all over the internets now and some say it's not terribly original, but I think it would be a nice match to the Fedex t-shirt.

Heat-Emitting Billboard


This billboard emits heat and melts snow to promote a travel agency and its sunny destinations.
-- ads of the world

Dali Clock Promotes Exhibition


A warped Dali clock promotes a Dali exhibition. Here's another Dali-themed outdoor stunt in Philadelphia.
-- ads of the world

Leggy Nuns


When I saw this pic on Mighty Optical Illusions, it took me forever to figure out what the illusion was. Now I am torn between spoiling it and letting you figure it out. Guess which one I picked. Or is it just me who's slow here.
-- source: Optical Illusions etc

Sheep Poetry


Since everybody is so excited (including the NY Times) about all those billboards on sheep, here's something else: "Fifteen of the woolly animals in Northumberland have been daubed with random words and left to roam their field - making poetry in motion."
-- Sky News, Dec.2002

Also, consider alternative media choices: dogvertising and cowvertising.

MINI Vending Machine Billboard


Andy Awards are in, and most of the winners in the outdoor category have already been featured on the pages of Billboardom, except for this "MINI vending machine" billboard. Goes straight into our collection of other MINI billboards.
-- via Ad Rag

Windshield Covers for Smart


Covers left on the windshield of Smart cars in a public parking designed to convince people that Smarts are bigger than they seem. More at adverbox.

Ford's "Car on the Wall" Billboard


A more creative variation of the car-on-the-wall billboard theme, via AdFreak.

Giant Golf Tee And Ball Outdoor
I haven't been updating this blog as much as I would love to because most of my time is now being sunk into thesis work on in-game ads, but here's some outdoor eye candy and a promise to make up for whatever I've missed.



A giant golf tee makes use of an existing building that looks like a golf ball to promote a hotel.
-- more pics at Frederik Samuel's.

Waterfall Billboard for Shampoo


Advergirl says this is a billboard placed under an existing man-made waterfall at a busy shopping mall in Singapore.

Plug Billboard


Can you plug your cell phone charger into this billboard? Second installation in the series, following the billboard with a switch. Wonder what's next.
-- source: Mutually Inclusive on Flickr

Outdoor Propaganda: The Big Father
For one of my school projects on Soviet propaganda, I've collected a few pictures of the similar Lenin's monuments placed in different cities. The sight of founder of the Russian revolution with his hand stretched out was as ubiquitous as Ronald McDonald on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Here are some of these pics.





















Another "Don't Drink and Drive" Outdoor Campaign


This one goes straight into the growing collection of outdoor appeals to not drink and drive.
-- source: Frederik Samuel

Transforming Fields Into Billboards



images: arfield.de

A German company Artfield plants colorful vegetation to transform fields into huge advertising panels viewed from the sky. The two images about show such a panel for Swissair in May and August of 1998, respectively.

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