Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cool lifestyle billboards haunting the skies in October 2013...

Don't you just love this time of year, when there's loads of Halloween-themed decorations, stores and billboards popping up all over the place. You just know that when the clock strikes midnight on October 31, that the Halloween ephemera will come down and we'll be rushing headlong into Thanksgiving and the Holidays. For now, enjoy these fantastic Halloween-themed billboards and the rest of the lifestyle ads haunting the skies of L.A. in October.

Halloween themed billboards
Evil Dead Halloween Horror Nights billboard
Universal Studios Hollywood is infamous for their annual Halloween Horror Nights and these special extension billboards for the theme park were real creepy finds this month.
Walking Dead zombie Halloween Horror Nights billboard
The amusement park has lots of themed terror mazes and interactive scare zones based on favorite movie franchises and TV shows, like the recently resurrected film franchise the Evil Dead and massively popular post-apocalyptic zombie series, The Walking Dead.
Halloween Horror Nights Black Sabbath 13 billboard
They even have a horror attraction inspired by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath's latest album, 13, to help celebrate the Halloween festivities this year.
LA Zoo Bring your little pumpkin heads billboard
For the little ones who are not quite ready for such horrific scares, it looks like Los Angeles Zoo has some fun Halloween activities and events planned if this pumpkin-wearing meerkat billboard is anything to go by.
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride billboard 2013
But if you are looking for more grownup chills in Griffith Park, you can always check out L.A.'s Haunted Hayride for a more macabre experience.
Elvira Out of the Closet Halloween billboard
Elvira the Mistress of the Dark returned to the skies of L.A. this month to encourage people to find their Halloween costumes at Out of the Closet and at the same time support a worthwhile HIV/AIDS charity.
Awaken the Dead Leg Avenue Halloween billboard
And if you were looking for a sexier outfit this Halloween, Leg Avenue had some costume ideas and this billboard inspired by the Day of the Dead to tempt you.

Technology billboards
Giant Starts with Jambox Jawbone billboard
Jawbone made a big impact along the Sunset Strip this month for their Jambox wireless speakers, still holding on to the feel of summer with this swimming pool ad creative.
Yellow iPhone 5c billboard
And this month Apple continued to fill the skies of L.A. with ads for their new colourful iPhone 5c, like this one for the yellow model.
Collective Life is but a screen billboard
Plus there was even some business to business billboards on display, like this clever play on words 'Life is but a screen' ad creative for Collective: the audience engine, hawking their online advertising opportunities.

Car billboards
Mercedes Benz ALC special mannequin billboard
I'm always bemoaning the unoriginality of out-of-home car advertising, so I was pleased to see this 3D mannequin installation along the Sunset Strip this month for the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA. What's more, this special billboard ties in to their TV commercial featuring Willem Dafoe as the devil and a billboard hoarding being installed plays a crucial part in the storyline of the ad.
BMW 328d Diesel 45 MPG billboard
And Mercedes-Benz is not the only luxury car manufacturer trying to get your attention this month, as further down the road, BMW has been trying to woo customers with the fuel efficiency of its 328d diesel model (someone really should give these cars more consumer-friendly names rather than model numbers).

Sports billboards
Santa Anita Breeders Cup special extension billboard
It's always nice to see advertisers do things differently, and this month the Santa Anita Park Breeder's Cup paid homage to Baz Lurmann's recent movie remake of The Great Gatsby with their fun new special extension billboard design. They obviously are trying to convey how flamboyant, fashionable and party-like the horse racing event is with this ad creative.

Travel billboards
Giant Emirates A380 billboard
From a day at the races in style to traveling in the lap of luxury, and Emirates Airlines had this giant billboard along Wilshire Boulevard this month to highlight their new L.A. to Dubai A380 Airbus premium service.
lot of the same can be good thing Delta Airlines billboard
But not everyone can afford to travel in such luxurious circumstances, so Delta Airlines was highlighting all their domestic flights from LAX have Wi-Fi in their latest ad (although if that's all they have to shout about, it's a bit of a sad state of affairs).
Celebrity Caribbean Cruise billboard
From air travel to travel by sea and Celebrity Cruises was trying to tempt passersby with a taste of the Caribbean this month.

Health and fitness billboards
Pop Physique Sculpting LA billboard
If you were looking to get in shape then Pop Physique had an eye-catching ad this month for their ballet barre inspired exercise classes, designed to burn fat and sculpt your body. There's something about this billboard creative which reminds me of American Apparel's ad campaigns, if you don't believe me, check out this swimsuit model billboard from the fashion brand.
HIV Care org Not scary billboard
Meanwhile AIDS Healthcare Foundation's message this month was that their HIV care wasn't scary for clients in need of their help.
Score Suit up LA Free condoms billboard
And because prevention is always better than having to treat unwanted STD's (and pregnancies), the gay sports leagues are helping to encourage L.A. County residents to practice safe sex and use a condom with free supplies all year long.

If you want to see more Halloween-themed billboards, be sure to get out more examples from this time last year.

And before I forget, Happy Halloween, whatever ghoulish delights you have planned...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fashion, fragrance and drinks billboards around L.A. in October 2013...

As the weather has finally started to change a little in L.A., so too have the fashion billboards started to become more autumnal. Here's a mix of designer labels and high street brands filling the skies of the City of Angels, plus a selection of this past month's fragrance, food and drink ad creatives.

Fashion billboards
Tags Youre It billboard
Kicking off with this Tags billboard and it may not show off too much of the fashion brand's clothes, but the engaging social media-friendly 'tag you're it' hashtag is a nice play on words.
Calvin Klein Jeans RCKR KICK billboard
Meanwhile Calvin Klein was adding a burst of colour to the Sunset Strip with this vibrant ad with its rock and roll feel for their new line of RCKR KICK jeans.
Calvin Klein Fall 2013 menswear billboard
That young and edgy ad was replaced by this rather more subdued and stylish one for Calvin Klein's fall menswear line.
Jessica Simpson Fall 13 Ashlee Simpson billboard
Bringing more colourful hues to the skies this October was Ashlee Simpson for her sister, Jessica Simpson's, fall fashion line.
Jennifer Garner MaxMara Timeless is now billboard
And bring grace, sophistication and timeless beauty for MaxMara this month was Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner.
Joes Jeans Fall 2013 billboard
Whilst Joe's Jeans was looking edgier than usual with this ad for their fall collection.
Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2013 billboard
Tommy Hilfiger certainly brought that autumnal feel to the Sunset Strip with the designer's all-american preppy looks and the male models wrapped up for colder weather.
Give me Aldo red shoes billboard
Aldo Shoes was giving good heel this month with this latest striking billboard in their 'Give me Aldo' ad campaign.
Gap Back to Blue billboard
And Gap continued to go Back to Blue, for their comfortable fall/winter denim looks.
Banana Republic Fall 2013 billboard
And here's another of Banana Republic's fall ad campaign before the fashion brand switches over to their Holidays billboards, which you know are just around the corner.
Burberry Watches billboard
Speaking of the gift-giving time of year and Burberry got a head start this month with this mono ad featuring Gabriella Wilde for their Britain watches.
Michael Pitt Rag Bone Fall 2013 billboard
And Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Pitt was also in black and white, in the back of a car, this month for Rag & Bone New York.

Fragrance billboards
Rooney Mara Calvin Klein Downtown fragrance billboard
More celebrities were gracing the skies of L.A. this month for new designer fragrances. First up is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Rooney Mara scrubbing up pretty well for Calvin Klein's Downtown perfume.
James Franco Made to Measure fragrance billboard
Plus the dashing James Franco was back in the skies for Gucci's new Made to Measure fragrance for men.
Chrome United Azzaro fragrance billboard
And Azzaro kept the feel of summer alive with this fun ad creative for their new Chrome United fragrance.

Food and drinks billboards
Make a late night foody call Jack in the Box billboard
This month fast food chain Jack in the Box was serving up a late night special for anyone who needed a nighttime 'foody call'.
Giant Eureka Organic bread billboard
Bread may be a slightly taboo subject in L.A., with all those nasty carbs, so emphasise its organic qualities and you may just have a hope of health conscious Los Angelenos buying it.
Giant Tequila Herradura billboard Andaz Hotel
And Tequila Herradura was making big splash in West Hollywood on the side of the Andaz Hotel. These spirits brands certainly do like making their bottles the star of their ad campaigns.
next step Johhnie Walker Keep Walking billboard
And so it made a very refreshing change that Johnnie Walker's new ad campaign didn't even feature a bottle product shot, just the whisky brand's iconic striding man logo and some empowering copy.
Be remembered Johhnie Walker Keep Walking billboard
And finally Ketel One seems to be debuting a new ad campaign with this 'Distinct. Crafted. Timeless.' billboard, where again the vodka bottle is the hero of the piece.
Ketel One Distinct Crafted Timeless billboard
And there you have an eclectic selection of the fashion, food and drinks billboard ads lining the streets of L.A. in October.

Be sure to also check out the latest movie and music billboards, plus these rest of this fall season's new TV billboards too.

Come back in the days to come for some special Halloween-themed billboard treats...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Spooky carved Halloween pumpkins to inspire and delight (or give a fright)...

As I've had literally thousands of visitors to my previous carved Halloween pumpkin posts, this year I couldn't resist going the extra mile and doing a third Jack O' Lantern design to light up the skies of West Hollywood.

Spooky carved Halloween pumpkins
So with knives, ice-cream scoop (to remove all the pulp) and skewers in hand, I carved out three new  eerie designs which are all quite different, but look pretty cool aglow at night.

Pumpkin inspector Cooper was on hand to make 
sure the harvest was satisfactory this year 
Labrador Cooper inspecting pumpkins
I'm my own worst critic, but luckily I had my trusty Labrador Cooper to keep an eye on things (although in the past some pumpkin lids had mysteriously disappeared when he's been around) and provide some much needed inspiration.

'Helter Skelter' Jack O' Lantern
Carved Halloween pumpkin
Spooky carved Halloween pumpkin
In the run up to Halloween I always make of note of Jack O' Lantern designs and shapes that come to mind, and often sketch things down and come back to these notes to see what will work together.
Carved Halloween pumpkin ideas
Creepy carved Halloween pumpkins
Often when I'm carving the pumpkins I'm not 100% sure what the finished product will look like and it really depends on the size and shape of the seasonal squash.

'Mr. Frowns' Halloween pumpkin
Halloween pumpkin design idea
Sometimes you never know if they work until they are filled with tea lights (or bigger candles) and illuminated at night, that you can see if all your careful cuts and shapes have worked.
Halloween pumpkin design ideas
Carved Halloween Jack O Lanterns
As you may have noticed there's a lot of preparation that goes into these pumpkins, but that's only because I enjoy the whole Halloween tradition itself.

'Morticia' Halloween pumpkin
Halloween pumpkin skull design
Halloween pumpkin Day of the Dead design
This year my favourite design was the one I named 'Helter Skelter', because of the slightly crazed spiral eye. I almost ruined the pumpkin out of haste when I was carving it, but I think I saved it pretty well. I have to say, as a rule I'm more of a fan of sharp angular edges, then curves and more rounded looks.
Spooky Halloween pumpkins
Halloween pumpkins aglow
The 'Mr. Frowns' pumpkin is my attempt at a fun, dopey character, whilst the 'Morticia' design is inspired by the Day of the Dead celebrations and the skull imagery associated with it (plus the deathly name itself from 'Morticia Addams' from the Addams Family).
Carved Halloween pumpkin trio
Halloween pumpkin ideas
Illuminated Halloween pumpkins
At the end of the day all these pumpkins look far better illuminated in the dark, than when they've been carved in the light (but as you learn as you grow older, good lighting is everything).

I hope these pumpkins provide you with more inspiration for this and future Halloweens. Let me know if you have any favourites.

If you need more ideas, be sure to also check out these carved Halloween pumpkin designs from previous years.
Carved Halloween pumpkin designs
Now it's time to savour the pumpkin soup I made from all the innards, because it seemed a shame to let all that pumpkin go to waste.

Now that my Jack O' Lanterns are out of the way for another year, it's time to turn my focus to my costume and get it ready for West Hollywood's annual Halloween Carnaval in just a few short days time...

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