"As the national debate over guns goes on, L.A. billboard companies and advertisers continue to saturate the visual environment with ads for movies and TV shows that feature actors firing and brandishing guns.
Mark Wahlberg, a star in 2 Guns, was quoted in an Australian newspaper in 2007 as saying he would be happy if all guns were taken away."
Going through our mailbag, we came across this from a reader sent to us back in October:
These have been appearing on the bus shelter at Pico and Motor for the last couple of weeks (right across from the Fox lot where it'll do the most damage) . I forgot to take a picture of the one where this person calls the people responsible for the ad a "bunch of slobs". I was trying to come up with something pithy to say but I'm part of Hollyweird, so I'm not capable of higher thought.
We see how you high-strung art directors might get your tighty whities in a twist seeing an excellent example of key art like this being defaced; however, the bus shelters may be privately owned, but the poster is viewed from a public space. As Fran Lebowitz once said, “Your right to wear a green polyester suit ends where it meets my eyes."
In answer to the editorial comments slapped onto these works of art and commerce: Hollyweird is simply markeing to its most actively engaged viewership, which just happens to be in a state of arrested adolescence. The stupid, the tasteless, the violent and the offensive are a prized demographic and higher thought will only result in low ratings and flat opening weekends.
If you’re like us, nothing affronts your sense of artistic integrity more than having members of the public deface advertising posted in public places. So imagine our outrage when we came across Jilly Ballistic's work on flikr
Ballistic’s oeuvre consists mainly of layering unsightly computer dialog boxes over exquisitely crafted outdoor ads. An act of hooliganism that will no doubt be cheered on by Philistines who fail to recognize real art when they see it.
Click on images to enlarge:
TWEET Mentioned by @JillyBallistic: Please continue to ignore this advertisement. Thank you. (M15 bus shelter; Allen St & Stanton St)
CANNOT OPEN PAGE Cannot load due to a lack of substance. Apologies, Jilly Ballistic (3rd Ave & 14th St; L train)
File > Move To Trash ("That's My Boy" movie poster; Manhattan bound L at Lorimer)
Kayvan Setareh, 49, of Pacific Palisades was arrested at his
home Friday night and ordered held on $1-million bail after workers used bolts
and wire to wrap a supergraphic around the face of the old First National Bank on Hollywood and Highland.
From Mercury News: The Los
Angeles city attorney's office has filed its first charges under a ban passed
last year on the giant billboards known as supergraphics that cloak buildings
with enormous movie posters and other garish ads.
Click on garish image to enlarge.
The civil complaint filed
Monday alleges violations of California's Outdoor Advertising Act and argues that supergraphic signs endanger the
covered buildings' occupants, distract drivers and hurt the look of streets.
If you’re like us, you can’t help but
notice how much network and cable TV has come to dominate outdoor advertising
Even on the most casual cross-town drive -- and
what better word than “casual” to describe our blasé blend of texting and
driving -- we are seeing ads for CBS’s new fall shows and the CW’s Melrose Place
and Vampire Diaries on countless billboards, bus sides and bus shelters. (However, we're not seeing as much from ABC, NBC and
FOX. Come on, you other websters. Tick, tock!)
This brings us back to our complaintre: the Key
Art Awards' exclusion of a category for network and cable
TV advertising. Even our beloved IMPawards pays scant attention to this branch
of entertainment advertising. Besides, as far as we know, IMPawards is based in
Halifax, Nova Scotia. So what do they know about network fall launches? Haligonians probably aren't even aware that Tuesday is the new hump day.
Nokia is rolling out its "Point and Find" app which lets cell phone users take a photo of a movie poster and instantly get film clips, reviews and local theater listings.
The way this whizbang gizmo works, as our IT guy explained to us in that smug, weasly way of his, is it reads bar codes and uses the phone's GPS system to look up the information in an online database.
No word yet on whether it can detect the number of head strips in the key art, which Photoshop filters were used and/or abused or what other one-sheets it most resembles.
If you’re like us, you grew up hearing mommy and daddy talk about the old days, back when TV advertising meant a half-page, black & white tune-in ad in TV Guide. But now, even a casual drive down to Taco Bell reveals how much television has come to dominate outdoor advertising in our fair city.
So, join us if you will, in flinging a heaping pile of steaming poo at theKey Art Advisory Board for failing to create an awards category for network and cable TV outdoor and print advertising.