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

Aluminum Billboard for Aluminum Audi


Like the billboards for Playboy and Sunsense Sunscreen, this billboard for the first mass-produced aluminum car (that's back in 2001) reacts to the changes in the environment, albeit slowly.
-- Adverbox

More Bathroom Fun from Kellogg


"To promote Kellog's Al-Bran among health and body concerned people, stickers showing a "locked door" were placed on WC doors; when a door was closed, people had the sensation of being locked inside. All-Bran's message to consumers appeared on another sticker next to the door: Don't feel trapped in the toilet."

Here's a somewhat similar bathroom campaign by Kellogg.

-- AdRants

"Move to Wisconsin" Billboard


Having been to both, I don't see much difference, but they know better.
-- LinderRox on flickr

"Burnt Skin" Billboard


Frederik Samuel writes: "The vinyl that the image of the girl and boy was printed on has been scorched using a blow torch to simulate the effect of badly burned skin."

Stringfellows "Lamp Post" Billboards


A series of posters for the lingerie maker and nightclub Stringfellows, very similar to the ones advertising mice bait. More at AdArena.

Poster For a Self Defense School


More at Coloribus.

Apple's "Smashed Window" Storefront


Lesson of the day: shop windows that look smashed attract attention.

-- via Scott Hodge (thanks, Jeff)

WWF "Make a Stand" Billboards


Billboards for World Wildlife Fund, apparently in China. Animals on one side of the street, hunters on the other, and the only thing between them is you. Very elegant and powerful.
-- Advertising for Peanuts

An Outdoor Campaign For Something


No idea what this campaign is for, but it looks great. More pics on Seaspace.

(keywords: bus, head, China)

Billboard for Bic Razor


A billboard for Bic Razor (by, apparently, TBWA London in 2003).
-- creative brain

Bathroom Peephole for Axe


Maybe I should start a separate blog on bathroom-related advertising humor, given the amount of creative that pops up. This wonderful peephole is from the United Arab Emirates and demonstrates the Axe effect (apparently the deodorant makes others want to see you pee, or something).
-- Ad Rag.

More Posters with Teeth


Coloribus finds more posters with teeth like the one that was making rounds last week.

"Feel Like A Millionaire" Bus Shelter


A bus shelter with a hole in it promoting some lottery. Experiential marketing, anyone?
-- adverblog

"Windows" Billboard for Volkswagen Jetta


A fantastic billboard for VW Jetta from Turkey, which you have to enlarge to appreciate. Thanks, Settar.

World's Largest Basket


"7-story building shaped like a basket is Longaberger's Home Office, Newark, Ohio."
-- Roadside America via Advergirl

Veet's "Peeling" Billboard


This billboard for Veet hair removing products is like a massive monument to pain.
-- ads of the world

"Pie in the Face" Outdoor


"To promote the Comedy Film Festival, pie decals were placed on revolving doors all over the city," the city being Toronto. I've seen another revolving door decal with a ballerina; can't find it now.
-- ihaveanidea via Frederik Samuel

Dentist's Business Card


I'll do a special post about cool business cards one day, but until then, here's one for a dentist. Made out of metal and has an corner bitten off.
-- advertka

Snickers Bus


-- bigumigu

"Smashed Car" Outdoor




Surgeon General's warning: Smoking and Nike balls may complicate collection of auto insurance.

Fedex T-shirt

Source: adme (in Russian)

Related:
Rethinking Print Advertising

Billboards for Jaipur Foot


An outdoor campaign for Jaipur Foot, an artificial limbs maker.
-- adme

Giant Lego Bricks


You've probably seen these larger-then-life Lego bricks already, but I thought I'd post it for the record. Also, see this award-winning Lego billboard.

"Quit Smoking" Outdoor Pavement Ad


Unbelievable how much propaganda stuff you can milk from a simple pavement. This is a piece of an apparently British anti-smoking campaign, and here's one for not drinking.

-- dead insect

Divorce Lawyer Stationary


If you liked the set of metal business cards for a dentist, you'll love this set of stationary for a divorce lawyer. Click image to zoom in.

"Birds Eye View" Floor Design




A very creative floor in what looks like an airport terminal. The only piece of info that Babelfish wrestled out of this Chinese site is that it has something to do with United Airlines. The same page also links to a set of images showing an airplane-themed redesign of an underpass.

Update (March 22): It's a public art project in Sacramento Airport. More details here.

Posters for Fitness Centers




Two different fitness centers, similar ideas. There's also a recent one for a yoga class, but I have to remember where it was.

Ballerina on Revolving Doors


Here's the ballerina I was trying to find yesterday; she promotes, what else, a ballet. This is in connection with yesterday's post on the pie-in-the-face decal. Source: Frederik Samuel.

McDonald's Bus Stop


Yalcin from Bigumigu sends in this snapshot of a bus stop that looks from the inside like a McDonald's counter. Check out his site for another execution with french fries.

Airbus Cabin Designed by BMW


The interior of the new Airbus A350 designed by BMW. Love that sky on the ceiling. More here.

LG Blimp


I love promo balloons unless something goes wrong.

-- from Gizmodo.

Urinals as Conduit Of Social Protest


German branch of PETA released stickers with Karl Lagerfeld to protest fur fashion. Here's an article in German and a few downloadables.

-- We Make Money Not Art

War of Billboards in Cuba


This is MAD, as in Mutually Assured Destruction. Cuba and the US exchange billboard jabs in Havana. Details on Fluctuat.

Manholes as Turntables


An outdoor campaign for this Dutch 3FM radio.
-- via Coloribus, Bigumigu

"Women in Glass Cubes" Outdoor


Adidas has encased these women doing stretching exercises in individual glass cubes. Spotted on Flickr by AdRants, who aptly named the image file "adidas_cube_ladies".

Billboards Cause Injuries

image: Moscow News

Who would've thought billboards pose such a threat to society. Over the weekend, a section of Moscow subway collapsed when some dudes were erecting billboard above it and damaged piles supporting the tunnel's roof (ABC story here). And last week a billboard in Toronto fell and injured a few people (AdRants, Torontoist). I need to put a disclaimer here urging you guys not to try this stuff at home, or else.

"Don't Speed" Poster


"Please don't speed near schools" poster placed on windshields. I guess people who see this one on their cars will give up driving altogether.
-- Ads of the World

Walking Billboards

Walking billboards for Foot Locker in Germany.
-- advertka

More Mirror Ads


Advergirl brings us this piece of advertising placed on mirrors that works just like this one for HSBC. Created for a jewelry shop and placed on bathroom mirrors.

Painted 3D Illusions


This painted Vaio that looks 3D by Julian Beever is making rounds today, so I thought I'd post a link to more of his amazing work. One other artist who is doing visual illusions is Kurt Wenner. And here's a blog about optical illusions in general.

Earlier on AdLab:


Nipple Piercing as Basketball Ring


-- Cool Hunter

Billboards for Taekwondo School


A series of cleverly placed billboards for a martial arts school in Singapore. More at Coloribuss.

Oversized Armchair for Disney


Honey, I shrunk the kids! Feel like a kid in this oversized campaign prop for Disney's DVD Classic series, broght to you by Advertising for Peanuts.

"Climbing Shoes" Billboard


A billboard for Woodland Shoes.

-- Creative Criminal

Creepy Billboard


Ian B. Line found this creepy billboard for something and posted it on Flickr.

Painted Trees for WWF


World Wildlife Fund is on a roll. First, these billboards, and now this campaign with painted trees. The sign says "You never kill just a tree".
-- Creative Brain (careful, pop-ups)

Greenpeace's Outdoor Stunt


"The future of the planet is in your hands." What would Jesus do?
-- Blog de Guerillha via benbunan

Nike "Cars" Outdoor


Cars decorated as Nike kicks in Mexico. The front car carrying the ball must this one from a previous campaign.
-- coloribus

Billboard for SlimFast




Interesting use of perspective in this "now you are fat, now you are not" billboad for SlimFast.
-- via Creative Criminal

Outdoor Stunt by Goodyear


Lovely concept, but I think there's something lost in translation in this outdoor campaign for Goodyear. The sign says, according to Coloribus,

(front) "Your vehicle has been towed. Call 0800 081-8181."
(back) "For sticking on the roads."

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