Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Welcome...to Oopsy Daisy Island!"

"Grimaces everyone...grimaces!"
Print ad (click it) supposedly published last month for Vanish-Ink, a laser tattoo removal business located in Charlotte, NC. For you youngsters, Fantasy Island was a corny TV series that starred Ricardo Montalban (right) as Mr. Roarke and Hervé Villechaize (removed) as Tattoo. The two would stand side-by-side (with Tattoo screaming "Da plane, da plane!") waiting for that week's guest stars to disembark from a seaplane. Already a tasteless ad because of Villechaize's 1993 suicide, what makes this ad more macabre is of course the passing of Montalban last week. The responsible agency is Charlotte's MarkedForTrade, who call themselves a "branding group," but whose website is under construction, or down, or nonexistent (image via). Previously in ads with tattoos in them: 1, 2, 3. Related: the tattoo sleeve is one of the stupidest things ever conceived.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Herve is just to the left of the cropping with a massive gunshot wound to his head.

CR, didn't you know that the possibility to win an award trumps everything including common decency?

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No bad taste in this ad. I think this is just funny.

9:02 PM  

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