Monthly Archives: May 2009

We got graffiti!

Here are stills of the stencil I put up on the ads that went up on wall outside Eyebeam. And two images from people who answered the call!

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NYT vs. SF Examiner on illegal storefront billboards

Why is the San Francisco Examiner doing a better job of reporting on illegal advertising than the New York Times? Less than 10 days ago the Times published a story on billboards appearing on vacant storefronts. It almost reads like an ad itself: Taking advantage of all the abandoned retail spaces in urban areas, marketers […]

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The Artvertiser

The Artvertiser is an urban, hand-held, augmented-reality project exploring the live substitution of advertising content for art. Software is trained to recognise individual advertisements, each of which become a virtual ‘canvas’ on which an artist can exhibit when viewed through the hand-held device. The project was initiated by Julian Oliver in February 2008 and is […]

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Paintballed Billboards

It’s a shame the billboards were blank… Prague’s street art collective EPOS 257 recently converted some blank billboards into abstract art with the help of a few paintball guns. They write: Shooting into the white surface of vacant billboards with a paintball gun – blank canvasses in an urban environment, a gesture expressing an opinion […]

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Subway HD Screens: Round 5

Stained Glass Post-Pixelators – Postronimos via Posterchild’s Blade Diary See also Subway HD Screens round 4

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The NY Street Art Takeover Map

via View NYSAT Project Map 04-25-2009 in a larger map This map shows illegal/unpermitted NPA City Outdoor locations located in Lower Manhattan. All the ads together cover approximately 29,450 square feet of our public environment. On April 25th approximately 30 participants whitewashed nearly 120 street level billboards in broad daylight between the hours of […]

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Virgin America goes “street” – why?

Dear Virgin America, This really doesn’t make any sense at all to me. These stencil ads are spray-painted around my neighborhood in Brooklyn. They’re for a Virgin America campaign. I know this because I fly Virgin America. Of course I’m very reluctant to remotely endorse any commerical product on this site, I gotta tell the […]

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NYT: Reporting a Crime as a Business Opportunity

Just sent the following letter to the New York Times: Re: As Storefronts Become Vacant, Ads Arrive Peter Sherman of advertising firm BBDO was quoted in your story, “All you have to do is walk out the door for lunch and notice the number of vacant storefronts — and they tend to be in prime […]

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Assuming There’s a New York Times in 2040, I Hope It’s Not This One (from Technologizer)

Filing this one under “not creative” I just went to, as I do multiple times a day. A split-second after I arrived at the homepage, it was covered up with a full-page ad overlay. That was irritating, but I’m willing to tolerate some annoyance in return for excellent free content. I found this particular […]

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Report From The Billboard Jungle in Los Angeles (

Protesters picket a billboard executive’s house in this KCET documentary on Los Angeles’ new signs by-law; but the funny part is when Mayor Villaraigosa, in what is not his best moment, asks volunteers for help in investigating illegal billboards and is laughed at by a town hall crowd. via and they have more coverage […]

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Catching Up…

While I’ve been working these news items collected in my inbox… The Anti-Advertising Agency is listed as one of the 50 Best Business Ethics Blogs. And we weren’t even trying… Ad Threat Seen For Historic Areas – Preservationists in Chelsea and Greenwich Village fear a loophole in a City Council bill could bring a blight […]

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Whitewashers from NYSAT

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“Everything You Want, Right Now!”

Video walk through of the Los Angeles solo show… Steve Lambert solo show walkthrough from Steve Lambert on Vimeo. See more pics at

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Rocketboom on NY Street Ad Takeover

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Interview with Jordan Seiler of

Jordan Seiler of’s American comrade, pulled together what many could argue as one of the largest organized guerilla art campaigns in regards to illegal billboards in recent memory (perhaps ever). Doing all North American cities proud, Seiler, along with over 40 participants, white-washed illegal billboards across the city followed quickly by artwork, messages, […]

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