I scoured the Internet tubes for an entire day just to assemble this collection of fantastic billboards. They are from all over the place, and it wasn’t until after I assembled them that I realized I didn’t keep track of where most originated (if anyone knew in the first place). So sorry about that.
Anyway, for Thursday the 13th here is a crop of 13 freshly prepared humorous, cool and witty billboards. (Hmmm… Humorous. Cool. Witty. Remind you of anyone?) So, enjoy the fruits of my cheap Greek-American labor. Oh, and Warning:This article is Not kid safe!
But I guess it’s worth it if people stop to pose for photos by it.
(Paul, you weren’t documenting your own handiwork were you? :-))
The one about the shrinking closet space is real. It was in Manhattan along the Henry Hudson Parkway.
Brian Friel says
Awesome stuff as always! I love the razor billboard. If it is real, I wonder who is responsible for keeping the grass mowed for the effect? Even the ones that might be photoshopped are great marketing ideas. They might not be politically correct, but they are effective. I also like the engineering one. What better way to say, “practice safe sex”? I was going to be an astronaut, but I never saw that sign. I feel left out :)
While such reprehensible professionals as matadors and mercenaries tend to be “exciting,” telling someone you’re an engineer is a very efficient way of removing “temptation” from your night.
I don’t know where I went wrong. I don’t twitter, and I didn’t mean to make my email public. wtf?
kefilwe mmusi says
i love d 1 dat says “lets meet at starfucks” LOL! SM PPL R JUST CREATIVE. I LYK NO NO MAKE DAT LOVE IT
nisa sanjaya says
this post makes me laughed.. ha ha ha .. funny :D
Just letting you know that the billboard about speeding is South Australian :)
Mason Pelt says
No sex for me I’m going to be an engineer.
Here’s one of my favorites for the show Six Feet Under. They always started the show with an unusual death: http://www.frederiksamuel.com/blog/images/sixfeet.jpg
This is one is the best. I like speeding billboard. Great collection.
Harshit Singhal says
LOl !!!! Great stuff man !
The SoCo billboard is clearly ‘Shopped: The type isn’t skewed (as the billboard is).
Joe S. says
very very funny billboards.
Loved the church billboard. HILARIOUS!!!
Hey! I use that brand of knives at my school! How cool XD
That one was proven photoshopped by buisness week … other than that idk if anyothers are photoshopped but it was still hilarious
lol….brighten up my day!
What’s up Bill Gates u r great! Your pics hilarous
Casper Christensen says
OMG! I love funny boards. Keep’em comming! Does anyone know of other sites with funny boards?
well i think that the liquid pantie remover is like the best one
Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
Your, Raiul Baztepo
i don’t think any of these are photoshopped. you can even see the guide wires in the knife one, if you were thinking that was fake. i swear, everyone thinks every picture is photoshopped these days.
aye man this is funny rofl lolz
Absolutely fantastic, in fact so hilarious my neighbour could probably hear my head hitting the floor! :D
Simply hilarious stuff out there. The strippers one is awesome.
Some of these are amazingly clever, others are just so ironic. Nice post.
The Manhattan Mini Storage one isn’t photoshopped. I haven’t seen that particular billboard, but I have seen this ad from them in person:
Ali Hussain says
okay some were photoshopped but not all
i saw a bilboard in dallas that said “condems to go, New and used”
Really good stuff and much appreciate your sharing them. Some of them are pure genius.
A few of them are obviously photoshopped.. but it doesn’t make them any less funny :)
Don Diego de la Vega says
helping u bastards pay for donuts…love it
Haha the special forces one took me a while… classic.
Love the church and strip club competing for an audience… id vs superego, very Freudian :P
The Bic razor one is genius.
lol LETS ALL GO TO STAR**CKS
There are loads of those religious billboards in Georgia and Tennessee. They tend to put them right next to billboards for gentlemen’s clubs. It’s kinda funny!
Saim Baig says
Great ways to catch the attention of public.That over speeding was the best.
excelente material en vallas publicitarias, muy creativas
Those are some classic finds.
Gorilla marketing? Yeah, I’d like to see more ads targeted at great apes.
Great post – the “move to Wisconsin” billboard is very much real. I drive by it regularly on my way out of MN… into WI. :)
Jerad Kaliher says
Ingenious gorilla marketing. I love to see really unique ads that give you a real visceral response. It really is a double edged sword, however. If you have too many you begin to not notice them anymore. It’s a balancing act.
I second that! IT COULDN’T WAIT!
is that m.jackson photo they used for the sex-engineer billboard?
I’m gonna link this at my blog. cool!
You’re right! It’s fake. I know because I’m the one who created it! It’s been around the world and people still think it’s real, which to me makes it all the more funny!
the one headlined “Liquid panty remover” is fake…
The text is a straight shot and the billboard is angled.
Mark Baker says
I love these… As for the “dropped” calls one, I can’t stand when I see this misleading claim from Cingular! Due to lawsuits and other pressure, they don’t claim that anymore… Interesting, huh?
SGT Harless says
climb… You drop.
John P. says
That’s pretty funny. :-) Yeah, I guess if you had to climb the building to sign up they wouldn’t be getting many new recruits.
Pooley Shaw says
Now i know why the army can’t make there enlistment for the year or at least thats another reason
Here is another great one in Columbus, OH for Nationwide
yeah, they have similar ads all over new york…my favorite one is “because your closet is scarier than bush’s agenda”
Great collection. Most are real, but I know the Southern Comfort billboard isn’t, since I’m the one who originally created it! There are 238 more original billboards at Dribbleglass.com! Enjoy.
Dugu Miko says
The fat guy looks just like me from behind :)). Nice collection, I got to share this with my friends on messenger.
I can say from experience that that engineer billboard is FALSE! :P
Classic! I’m surprised they let the coat hanger one up. It seems WAY to political to be put in a city area.
That storage ad with the coat hanger is great id love to put that up in the bible belt
Those were all pretty funny and I agree that the dropped call was a novel idea.
Just an FYI: The Manhattan Mini Storage ads are absolutely real, and there are more where the example you included come from! Some examples from Flickr here.
That knife one was genius. Sadly, it would never fly with the city here.
its so cool and creative .. did really enjoy and funny too…
The rejoice ad is definately from Thailand, as the writing is in Thai.
The Southern Comfort billboard (“Liquid Panty Remover”) has been confirmed as a Photoshop job…
Business Week article on faked billboard advertisement
John P. says
Thanks Bonnie. I’m glad you are enjoy it! I’ll keep trying to entertain you… :-)
Tom Barr says
I liked the knife so sharp it could split a light pole.
Hah. The Special Forces delivers the strongest message, but the cut streetlight has to be the prettiest. Great set John.
My post didn’t get approved ?
John did you get my Email ?
It wasn’t about this post, but it’s rather important.
I love the knife ad, that is pretty clever.
The rejoice ad could easily be in the Philippines. I often wonder how on earth they troubleshoot lines if one of those cables would go bad.
I don’t think so, Philip. If it was Photoshopped, you would NOT be able to see part of the PAINTED-OVER (as in REAL paint) “b.” That’s the kind of graffiti that’s cool!
Very nice collection, John — I’ve seen many cool and funny billboards (just got a group in an email yesterday), but these were all new to me.
Thanks for the laughs! (I am quickly becoming addicted to your blog.)
I thought the inverted pentagram inside the logo was an especially nice touch.
The starbucks one is photoshopped, if you look closely you can still see part of the “B”.
Amazing billboards, i’ll forward you the ones i got!
Nice finds John,
I’ll have to show these to my wife, she’s in advertising http://www.jhpadv.com is their addy
Some funny and clever billboards, though some need to employ some decent advertising firms as some look like they were made by the Apprentice contestants.
Derek Wong says
I laughed at the Minnesota/Wisconsin billboard. I also enjoyed the billboards that utilized environment features (all of the ones that were different than the “normal” billboard). Thanks for rounding that up! It’s nice to see that advertising isn’t always so stale.
Excellent examples of guerrilla marketing, one of my favorite “marketing schools of thought”. They are not that innovative here in Europe though, at least not in Sweden.
Great set John. I wonder how they arrange with cities or land owners to do one like that one in the grass, or the knife in the lights! let me know if you want this set promoted elsewhere ;) … also (disclosure! Self promotion!) check out these: http://weburbanist.com/2007/06/06/15-coolest-craziest-and-most-innovative-guerilla-marketing-campaigns/