Friday, October 31, 2008

Disaster Fashion Photography by Phillip Toledano



I’ve recently featured the creative photography of New York artist Phillip Toledano (see here), but when I saw these disaster-themed fashion shots by him, I had to post them. There is something captivating about a model wearing an expensive stylish suite next to debris and damaged properties.


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My Brightest Diamond :: Inside a Boy



Such a beautiful and creative music video for the song Inside a Boy by the band My Brightest Diamond. It starts mellow and slow then the monsters and bombs come. Brilliant art direction and illustration.



>> My Brightest Diamond – Inside a Boy (via sterogum)

>> My Brightest Diamond – Inside a Boy (Son Lux Remix) (via music is art)

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Amnesty International ad :: Crazy Leaders




Unlike their usual graphic and serious ads, this new spot from Amnesty International shows the “Crazy Leaders” of the world. Pretty funny and light hearted.



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Fashion Photography by Phillip Toledano

New York artist Phillip Toledano showcases fashion creations as true pieces of art in this creative fashion photography series. I love the attention to details and the art direction. See two more pictures from this series below.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ad Shockvertising :: Trend Hunter TV Halloween Special


Shockvertising refers to shocking and controversial advertising. Shockvertising involves the use of blood, violence, and excessive sex. The approach has been overused but it still seems to work in grabbing the attention of viewers. In the end, a negative but viral ad is more effective in generating brand awareness than a boring safe ad.


The second official episode of Trend Hunter TV showcases ten of the most shocking advertising campaigns this past year and explores some of the current shockvertising techniques such as fake lesbians, fake murders, and even employees getting punched in the face to promote their agency!


Watch the episode above then click on the image below to browse the cluster of trends and posts that are featured in this episode.



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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shockingly Funny Ads :: DIY or Cheating Girlfriend


Pretty witty print ads from Leroy Merlin (DIY and home improvement European company).Do you prefer to walk on the gardener or plumper doing your wife or would you rather Do It Yourself?


Campaign by Leo Burnett, Sao Paulo. One more ad below.


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Friday, October 24, 2008

Statuesque in Wound Magazine

The recent issue of Wound magazine features an artistic editorial "Statuesque" with male model Chad White and a female model painted as a statue. The editorial was photographed by Paolo Zambaldi with art director Laurent Dombrowicz and fashion editor Matthiue Pabiot. See four more pictures below.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My phone knows everything about me

Nice spot in the “Somebody Else's Phone” campaign for Nokia Supernova phones.

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MUSIC :: Robyn - Cobrastyle (Official Music Video)

Music video for Cobrastyle by Robyn.


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Monday, October 20, 2008

Trend Hunter TV :: Visual Explosion of Viral Videos

Trend Hunter Magazine has launched the new and exciting Trend Hunter TV which is a fast and fun visual exploration of viral and innovative trends. And to make things even more convenient, the episodes are hosted on YouTube, making them easy to share and view.

Watch the first episode above, which has a theme of "Viral Videos" and features the best viral videos of 2008.

You can also check out the episode's page to visit any of the trends and videos featured in this episode.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Adidas Ads : All Day I Dream About Sneakers



“All Day I Dream About Sneakers” is a cool new Adidas ad campaign by Lifelounge, Melbourne, Australia.


Under art direction by Dimitri Kalagas and creative direction by Daniel Pollock, the print campaign consists of 8 fantasies about Adidas sneakers.





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Fashion Ads :: The Bargain Hunt



We’ve all been there. You had your eye on that expensive piece, and when the crazy sales come, your hunter instinct kicks in and no one can stand in your way. That is the essence of these “Bargain Hunt” ads by Selmore, Amsterdam for De Bijenkorf.




I like the execution of the idea. The ads show different variations and scenarios. Model wise I like the first ad with the Tarazan jumping girl, but the running shows look damn funny in the third ad below.


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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Music Video :: Human by The Killers

Here is the new music video for "Human", the great first single from the upcoming album "Day and Age" by The Killers.

Ps. If you missed my earlier post, check out a download of Human and a cool mix by Christian Vorbau here.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Weird Ads :: Conserve Water by Peeing in Public!



Ogilvy Advertising London created this quirky PSA commercial for MTV Switch to encourage people to conserve water. How? By urinating in public places instead of the toilet. That way you don’t have to flush!


The unorthodox PSA will start running online and in cinemas across Europe soon.


In case you wonder about the beautiful song used as a soundtrack, the track is called “Miserere Mei” and is composed by Bouwe Dykstra.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ads :: Sony Bravia Commercial :: Domino City


The new Sony Bravia video commercial is Like No Other. Brilliant!

The Sony Bravia (Domino City) commercial was shot in India by director Nic Finlayson for ad agency Bates141 Singapore.


Check out a "making of" video to see how the commercial was shot with 100 giant pieces of domino.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lady Gaga :: Beautiful Dirty Rich Video


Lady Gaga ‘Beautiful Dirty Rich’ video is outrageous and brilliant. It's even better than hot sex. Wel... Almost. (if the YouTube video doesn't work, check it out here)

In fact, the song is so good, it was featured in a special promo for Season 2 of one of my favorite shows, "Dirty Sexy Money". How perfect!

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Paper is Evil



Haha, these ads made me laugh out loud.

“Paper is Evil” is a campaign by DDB Canada for, an online service to do your taxes instead of using paper.

Such a naughty little paper monster!



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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Music :: Boyfriend x 2



Alphabeat currently is one of my favorite pop/dance groups, and Boyfriend is one of their really cool songs. Early on, Alphabeat made a quirky but cool video for Boyfriend. But after they became famous, their label decided on a “big budget” video. I have to say I much prefer the simple organic video. I also prefer the ‘slower’ version of the song that was used  in the first video. However, both videos and versions still rock. heck them out below!


Video version #1


Video version #2

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Funtography :: Blending Landmarks with Souvenirs


Michael Hughes is a photography and tourism lover who likes photographing famous landmarks after replacing them with cheap souvenirs. After traveling to over 200 countries, he has accumulated over a hundred of these quirky photos. Check out 7 more examples of his creative photography in my post at Trend Hunter magazine.



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Beautiful Photography :: Angelina Jolie by Brad Pitt


W Magazine has revealed some of the photos from the much hyped Angelina Jolie shoot by Brad Pitt. The full set can be seen in the November "Art Issue" of W Magazine, which hits newsstands on October 21. Check out 6 more images in my photo post at Trend Hunter magazine.


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Monday, October 13, 2008

Music :: The Killers >> Human

One of my favorite bands, The Killers, have a new album called "Day And Age" coming soon. The first single "Human" has already been released, and I love it. How can I not love a song with the line, "Are we human, or are we dancer?"
Here are links to downloads of Human and a cool remix by Christian Vorbau.
>> The Killers - Human via Indie Rocker

>> The Killers - Human (Christian Vorbau Remix) via Pretty Much Amazing

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PSA Ads :: Don't Vote

"Don't Vote" PSAs by Borders Perrin Norrander with Creative Director: Terry Schneider, Art Director: Jeremy Boland, Nick Kamei, Copywriter: John Heinsma, Bem Jimmerson, Illustrator: Eric Stevens, Jeremy Boland.
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Arab Aquarius Update :: Feedback Please!

Hi Everyone.

I made a little change to the blog's template. Now it has 3 columns instead of two. The size of the post area is now a little bit bigger, and the extra column gives me more space to organize my other content.

Also, since my blog has a rather 'open' vibe that includes fashion, music, fun advertising campaigns and design, I started adding an 'identifier' word to the titles of new posts to make it easier to tell what the post is about. So for example if you don't fancy a fashion post, you can tell from the title which starts with "Fashion ::" and just scroll to the next post without having to study the content of the post.

Ofcourse you can always use the labels I provide at the top of the right column to filter the content according to what you like.

I have also adjusted the posts to be expandable, so that I can have the post display a bit in the main blog, and if you want to see the rest of the content you click on the link to read the rest of the post.

I think this is better because some posts have too many images, so the reader has to scroll down for too long to get to the next post.

If you have an opinion or recommendation about these changes, or any other change you'd like to see, please leave a comment in this post or drop me an email.

I would love to hear from you.

The Arab Aquarius

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