Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cool fashion and lifestyle billboards around L.A. in May 2011...

In addition to all the film, TV and music billboards around L.A. in May, there was also an impressive collection of fashion and lifestyle billboards to enjoy this month.

Fashion billboards
Marc Jacobs Merry go round billboard
To kick things off is this fun Marc Jacobs billboard, featuring a hot male model, who looks like a giant next to that merry-go-round. The billboard was snapped gracing the roof of their Melrose Avenue flagship store.
Giant Audrina Patridge bikini billboard
Next up is another giant model, this time former The Hills star, Audrina Patridge, in her Bongo bikini towering over L.A.'s Sunset Strip this month.
Emporio Armani Sportivo watch billboard
Emporio Armani uses their regular billboard location to promote its rather nice, contemporary Sportivo watch.
Aldo Shoes sunglasses 2011 billboard
Aldo Shoes continues their youthful, fun campaign around L.A. with this billboard in Westwood. Be sure to check out more Aldo Shoes ads at Daily Billboard.
Charles David shoes and bags billboard
Charles David had this perky billboard for its shoe and bag brand along Sunset Boulevard.
Hale Bob Cabana red billboard
Hale Bob continued to get ready for Summer with its latest relaxed billboard creative.
Gucci sunglasses billboard 2011
Meanwhile all eyes we on Gucci's sexy new sunglasses billboard along the Sunset Strip.
Gridlock jeans backs billboard
One of my favourite fashion ads this past month, was this creative for Gridlock jeans with that male model's broad shoulders. Sadly I couldn't capture a clean version of this billboard without the telegraph wires overheard casting their shadows.
Siwy fashion billboard
Finally, this small billboard for Siwy denim jeans stood out with its simple white creative against that wonderful blue California sky.

Health and Fitness billboards
Live Massive Live Proud GNC billboads
GNC continue to have a presence around L.A. for their vitamin and health supplements, like this double billboard along Sunset Boulevard. Be sure to check out two other GNC Live Well billboards from previous months.
Nike more air more miles billboard
Another billboard which could also fall into fashion, is this cool billboard for Nike Air Max running shoes over their flagship store in San Francisco's Union Square.

Drinks billboards
Skyy Vodka ice billboard
This month Skyy Vodka continues to delight with their vibrant and red hot campaign. This melting ice cube creative is their latest ad, whilst I also managed to snap this 'unzipped' version up in San Francisco on a recent visit too.
Skyy Vodka unzipped billboard
Not to be left out, Belvedere Vodka has been promoting its new Bloody Mary variant trying to capture the attention of the Summer brunch crowd.
Bloody Mary Belvedere billboard
From Polish vodka to a Belgian beer and this Leffe beer ad made me smile with its simple and clever strapline this month. Funnily enough, Leffe beer was one of the first brands that I had to tackle when doing my Marketing degree, so it had even more significance for me even though I'm not a beer drinker.
Leffe beer billboard
Dos Equis XX lager didn't want to be left out in May either with this billboard along L.A.'s Sunset Strip.
Dos Equis beer billboard
But probably one of my favourites this month was this Jack Daniels whisky and cola bottle variant on ice billboard.
Jack Daniels bottle billboard
It really stood out with its special extension beyond the standard billboard format, which I always appreciate.

Food billboards
Gordon Ramsey Private Dining billboard
I'm really not a huge fan of Gordon Ramsey as a personality, he just seems like an awful person, but his food is lovely.

Travel billboards
Virgin America glamour billboard
Virgin America has returned to the skies of L.A. with another fun campaign for its U.S. airline this month. Be sure to check out even more new Virgin America billboards at Daily Billboard.

Car billboards
Nissan Leaf car billboard
I rarely feature car billboards in my round-ups, mainly because they are usually dull and boring affairs, but I do like this colourful creative and the nice environmentally-friendly element for the new Nissan LEAF.

Activist billboards
PETA Monkey medical research billboard
Finally this month, is this powerful PETA anti-experimenting on animals billboard along Westwood Boulevard. Interestingly enough days earlier further along the same street I spotted the opposite argument on another billboard which pictured a white rat and a baby girl, asking people to decide which life they'd rather save (sadly it had disappeared when I went back to photograph it).

Monday, May 30, 2011

Is this publicity for X-Men: First Class in the skies of L.A...?

With less than a week until X-Men: First Class opens in the U.S. on June 3, 2011, is this publicity for the movie in the skies of the City of Angels?
X-Men First class sky writing publicity LA
Giant 'X' symbols in the California sky seems like a great publicity stunt for the film starring Professor Xavier's uncanny band of mutant heroes.
The last time I saw sky writing like this was as a tribute with a giant heart for Michael Jackson the day they buried him in L.A.
X-Men movie sky writing LA
Whatever the reason for these giant X's, they still look pretty cool to behold...
UPDATED: Yesterday's initial sightings have intensified tenfold today on Memorial Day, so here's a short video of one uncanny X being formed.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cool TV, movie and music billboards around L.A. in May 2011...

What a bumper month it's been for television, film, music and other entertainment billboards in L.A. Not only have the blockbuster Summer movies kicked off their advertising, but the Hollywood Bowl season is gearing up to start, there've been big album releases, new TV shows are kicking off and sports events are back on the social agenda. Let's face it, it's been a busy month for L.A.'s skyline.

TV billboards
Too Big To Fail HBO billboard
Too Big To Fail, indeed. This billboard for HBO's TV movie about the financial meltdown in 2008 really stands out along L.A.'s Sunset Strip.
Glee Project and Paris HIlton billboards
In case you were running out of reality TV shows to watch, Oxygen has two more offerings this summer.
Glee Project TV billboard
They really can keep The World According To Paris, as that must be the very definition of vacuous viewing, but The Glee Project, where twelve contestants battle it out for a semi-regular guest spot on the third season on the immensely popular comedy musical drama, may just be worth a look.
The Glades season 2 billboard
Loving this colourful and tongue-in-cheek billboard for the Florida-based crime show, The Glades.
Teen Wolf MTV teaser billboard
MTV are hoping to lure the Twilight and Vampire Diaries audiences with this new take on Michael J. Fox's 80's Teen Wolf movie. Less comedy and more teen angst in this television version, methinks.
Gettysburg TV billboard
Forget pool parties and long weekends, there's nothing like a good documentary on TV about the American Civil War, The History Channel's Battle of Gettysburg for instance, to make Memorial Day complete.
Getting LA to work billboard
I really like this billboard for the NBC LA news show, mainly because of the illuminated cityscape in the background instantly evokes Los Angeles for me.
Franklin and Bash TV billboard
Not all new TV shows are going to make the cut this season though and this rather cheap looking creative for new legal comedy drama, Franklin & Bash, may just be a casualty if this billboard is anything to go by (it's only saving grace may be the use of cocktail to catch my eye).
Electric Barbarellas MTV billboard
Expect even more reality TV shows this summer, like MTV's series following girl group The Electric Barbarellas in their search for fame and fortune.
Braxton Family Values TV billboard
Next is another celebrity family willing to do anything to bring in the cash, with Toni Braxton's Braxton Family Values, letting the cameras chronicle their day to day life.
Bravo Platinum Hit billboard
And finally for TV billboards this month, did we really need another music talent show along the lines of American Idol and The Voice? Apparently Bravo think so and so here's their stab at grabbing viewers with Platinum Hit.

Music billboards
Giant Lady Gaga billboard
From reality television shows to concerts starring A-list performers and this billboard for Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour towered over the Sunset Strip at the beginning of May.
Lady Gaga Born This Way billboard
Billboards for her new latest studio album, Born This Way, also graced West Hollywood to the delight of her gay fans.
Steven Tyler Feels So Good billboard
Following in the footsteps of J-LO, Steven Tyler used his resurgence to popularity as a judge on American Idol to relaunch his solo career, with his new song and this fun billboard for (It) Feels So Good.
Turtleneck and Chain Lonely Island billboard
The oddest billboard around town this month had to be this offering from comedy troupe The Lonely Island's second studio album, Turtleneck & Chain. To the uninformed, it's hard to know what this billboard is for, as it looks like such a fashion parody and then there's the confusing addition of the Rokk Vodka bottle confusing things too.
Hollywood Bowl Make days jealous billboard
I loved the 2011 advertising campaign for the Hollywood Bowl which is much more contemporary than recent years and going for the youth crowd with its less stuffy imagery and use of social media terms.
Hollywood Bowl Like Comment Share billboard
The billboards really do capture the fun vibe of the Hollywood Bowl experience.

Movie billboards
Giant Kung Fu Panda 2 billboard
If you think it's been a big month for TV, wait until you see what movieland has to offer. 2011 seems to have been filled with blockbuster movies already and May had some amazing billboards like this gigantic Kung Fu Panda 2 creative towering over L.A.'s streets.
The Hangover 2 movie billboard
Another movie opening this Memorial Weekend is a second installment of The Hangover (although personally I think Bridesmaids is the funniest movie of the year so far).
Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow billboard
Captain Jack Sparrow is back for another installment of fantasy adventure on the high seas. If you're a fan be sure to check out these original costumes and props from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Disney Prom movie billboard
One Disney film that didn't do well was Prom, which may not be that surprising as this is the only billboard I saw around L.A. for it and it's more of a political location anyway, on Barham Boulevard on the way back from Disney's Studios in Burbank.
Cars 2 billboard
Replacing the Prom billboard was a much more exciting teaser for Disney Pixar's forthcoming sequel, Cars 2.
Green Lantern billboard
There's a whole slew of superhero movies arriving in cinemas this year and after the magnificent Thor, here comes Ryan Reynolds in this supercool billboard as 'Hal Jordan' in the Green Lantern Corps.
Super 8 movie billboard
Another movie I'm excited about is J.J. Abrams new movie, Super 8, which has a suitably mysterious billboard to help build the intrigue.

Games billboards
Brink game billboard
Just one billboard for video games this month, but it's quite an eye-catching visual for Brink.

Sports billboards
Dodgers Voice of Summer billboard
The Dodgers seem to have gone down a much more literal baseball theme this year for their billboards and I much prefer them to the Dodgertown celebrity billboards they used the past few years.
Dodgers Friday Night baseball billboard
As you can see there's lots of variety this month. Be sure to stay tuned for a glimpse of the fashion, alcohol and lifestyle billboards around L.A. in May.

Until then check out my Daily Billboard blog for interesting new creatives every day...

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