Crazy & Funny Billboards

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

Barebecue Grill Drain Outdoor

An outdoor ad for grill makers.

“Lord of War” Poster with Bullet Holes

Just as the titles says, this is a poster for the movie Lord of War with some convincing bullet holes. Sao Paolo, Brazil.
i believe in adv

Wrinkled Poster for Skin Care Salon

Poster for Fizz salon by Interface Communications, Chennai, India.
— via AdPunch

Bus Poster for Duracell

An outdoor/transit execution for Duracell batteries in India.
— blogsome

“Giant Hand for Heineken” Billboard

Frederik Samuel

Outdoor Ads to Fight Homelessness

A couple of unrelated campaigns to fight homelessness from Invisible Red. Wonder if people tune out of the ads that are too scary, and whether it’s too hard to create a more positive but an equally powerful execution.

Giant iPod Billboard for Magazine

I am sure this one has been posted before but couldn’t find it so there. This 25 ft. iPod promotes Columbus Aliva magazine and plays music by local musicians. It’s powered by a real iPod nano. Here’s the playlist.
MacDailyNews; thank you, Elise

Cork Outdoor

“For a annual wine trade fair in munich called “Forum Vini” Heye & Partner turned regular advertising pillars into giant corks.”
— thank you, Tim

Rain-Sensitive Billboard for Mascara

When it rains, mascara — but apparently not Max Factor’s — runs. Simple. Similar to the famous “Pray for Rain” billboard for Playboy.
— core 77

“Street Chains Replaced with Necklaces” Outdoor

Oversized necklaces on the streets of Geneva to promote

Outdoor for Pest Control Services

Miniature police tapes on the streets for ORKIN pest controllers.
creative criminal

“Drowned Child” Underwater Ad

This ad on the bottom of a swimming pool showing a drowned child almost tops this decal of a dead woman. Love the look on the kid’s face.
— via coolz0r

Government Ads on Traffic Light Buttons

Don’t know if they are real, but Adpunch says these are “government sponsored guerilla advertising campaign undertaken in London to garner public support on government policies in the U.K.” Would love it if they were real.

TV Decals on Train Windows

Decals looking like TVs were pasted around Mumbai trains to promote NDTV 24×7 (a channel, I guess).
creative criminal

Painted Hole Promotes Cell Service

One of those anamorphic illusions painted on the sidewalk to promote Canada’s cellphone service.

Competing “No Dropped Calls” Billboards

This one is for Cingular, via Advergirl.

This one is for T-Mobile, via Flickr

The question is, what will Verizon drop to make its counterpoint?

Ad Tricks in Japanese Train Stations

Speech Bubbles For Clean Beaches

More at AdArena.

Volkswagen Polo and Concrete Blocks

Small but definitely tough.

Different Billboards for Different Shoe Sizes

So simple and yet so lovely. Much more powerful than many of the stunts blogged here.
frederik samuel

Treadmill Marathon for Nike

Not sure how it works but it would be cool if they let everybody jump on that treadmill and pitch in a mile or two.
— Briefblog

Car Crashing into Urinal

Everytime you miss the urinal a car crashes somewhere. Or something.
— all over the internets

Creative DIY Lamp-post Ads

For piano lessons (via Flickr)

For an epilation centre (via Coloribus)

For dance classes (via Flickr)

Spam Truck

Just realized I haven’t posted for two weeks. Here’s a truck-load of spam for you all. More soon.
— consumerist

“Dead Woman” Decal

A decal of a dead woman for Canadian Red Cross at the bottom of a stairwell in a Cineplex Theatre in Toronto.
— caffeine marketing

Ubuntu Billboard

Nothing creative about execution of this billboard except for the fact that it promotes Ubuntu.

The “Hip Ronald McDonald” Poster

Somewhere in Japan, Ronald McDonald is learning the groovy moves.
Credit: art.reyu on flickr

“Ready for Your 45:” Billboards for Nike

A whole series of these billboards at Coloribus.

Blue Rubber Duckies in Fountain for Adidas

Adidas filled a Copenhagen fountain with blue rubber ducks to promote its new store.
Thomas Christensen

“Violence Everywhere” Posters

Cut-outs warning people about the dangers of walking alone in the dark in Mexico.

DHL “No Size Limits” Billboard

“Kill Bill” Bathroom Promo

Kept meaning to post this for a few months now, so here. A promo for Kill Bill in Asia.
ads of the world

Energy Drink Eye Covers

These promo pieces for energy drink Rox were given out to train commuters.

Offtopic: Weird Retro Ads
Taking a break from billboards and sharing a few bits from my growing retro ad collection. The guy on the second one is indeed Ronald Reagan.

— source

“Think of Your Sponsor” Locker Room Poster

A poster in a soccer locker room reads: “Important! Think of your sponsor under all circumstances.” Right. Always keep your eye on the goal and your mind on the paycheck. Love the attitude.
sloganmaker on flickr

Upskirt Promo for Che Magazine

Posters in supermarkets promoting for the Che magazine in Belgium.
— via AdRants

One-Man Stretchers Outdoor

Volunteers are recruited through this very cool “one-man stretcher” campaign in Germany.

Guy Cleaning Teeth on Orbit Billboard

Someone else’s teeth, that is. Sort of the same worker-on-a-billboard idea, although not quite, for Mini.
frederik samuel

“Skoda Parked Near Monument” Augmented Billboards

Ad Blog Arabia brings us this wonderful set of billboards for Skoda found in Prague. As they say, “The actual statue was covered from all sides by large billboards depicting.. well.. the statue, with the car added in. When you stand at certain angles the add blends in almost perfectly with the surrounding scene.” The blog has many more pictures, too. We’ve seen billboards augmenting reality before: in this Amnesty campaign, and in Estonia, for example.

Sopranos “Hand in the Trunk” Campaign in Russia

The campaign for the HBO show The Sopranos comes to Russia (along with the show itself, that is). More pictures and explanations (in Russian) here.

Mike’s “I Want A Job In Advertising” Billboard


Transparent Billboard for DIY Stamps in Estonia

This billboard promotes the new service of Estonian postal service that allows people to create their own stamps. More images on advertka

“Sharp Knife” Billboard

A billboard for Zwilling J.A. Henckels, the knife-makers.

Transit Ad for IWC Watches

Ah, how nice. Try these watches on for size while riding subway to work (or, more likely, a shuttle to your executive jet). Here’s a similar idea done in print.
frederik samuel

Laptop Decal on Plane Seat Table

A decal for a Brazilian laptop brand placed on tables in an airplane. Awesome.

Giant Adidas Shoebox

Just as the title suggests, it’s a giant Adidas shoebox, somewhere in Amsterdam.
— from Caffeinemarketing

Squashed People Stop Traffic

Ah, long time no see. No fear, Billboardom is not dead, and very soon it will get Billboarder than ever. Gotta finish a few important things first. But in the meanwhile, here’s a series of recent finds (from this post upwards).

This one is a neighborhood project in England to slow down street traffic. To quote from the website, “There are no zebra crossings in all of Summertown. Presumably this is because the City Highways Authorities doesn’t want pedestrians to get ideas above their station, lest they start demanding equal amenities to those offered to car owners. So, to redress this balance, a fake zebra crossing was constructed along the central section of Banbury Road using about GBP20 of materials, including white tape, plastic drainpipes, yellow balloons, some old clothes, and two overripe melons.”

Giraffe Lamp Post Promotes Zoo

San Francisco. Giraffe. Zoo. Very cute and self-explanatory.

Kebab Poster’s Weird Pun

Somewhere someone has a weird sense of humor. An ad for an ethnic restaurant where they serve you kebabs on skewers that you can use to stab your date. Blah.

McDonald’s Sundial Billboard