Agencies In Strange Places: Second In A Series

I’m fascinated by the strangest of ad creatures. Therefore, when Jay Roth–an ad creature in his own right–wants us to know more about 86 the Onions in Venice, CA (a strange enough place for these purposes) I’m inclined to give him a listen.
Something doesn’t stink in Venice Beach by Jay Roth
Ever hear about 86 The Onions? The self-described youth and entertainment brand communications collective is redescribing advertising as we know it.
Orchestrated by former Pyro creative hotshot, Chad Rea crossed the Atlantic to work at Eurohotshops, eventually returning to California (arguably a foreign country in itself) to open this agency.
Their website has Monty Python written all over it. Their underground newsletter Bionic Arm is revolutionary and eclectic in its art-sponsored branding. They’re even attracting clients like Sobe Beverages for a Summer 2005 promo program. Yummy stuff.

About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • Clyde Hogg

    The agency MatchInc in Atlanta does pretty good work too, without tons of unnecessary suits.

  • jay

    Match is such an unusual agency. Atlanta has slammed the sledgehammer down hard enough to make noise as a creative epicenter from coast to coast. And yet, Match stays under the radar. Huey Paprocki, Sawyer, AustinKelley, all of these have taken advantage of the opportunity. Match is right there with them. What’s the scoop?

  • David Burn

    Seven-year old MATCH is an independently-owned, Atlanta-based full-service advertising agency. Clients include: Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism, Flowers Bakeries, Creative Loafing Publishing, Stone Mountain Park, Arrow Exterminators, Southeastern Flower Show, Theragenics Corporation*, Georgia Hospital Association, Horizon Medical Products, Motorola Two-way Radios, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, and

  • Clyde Hogg

    Austin Kelley? Hell, I thought he was dead.

  • jay

    Agency’s alive and well. Not a gambling man, but I could see their agency featured within five regular issues of CA.
    Actually, I would love to see a profile on Venables Bell. They’re at the top of the list of agencies to watch. Cool work for Napster, HBO (both oz and six feet under), Animal Planet. Good stuff.

  • clyde hogg

    Austin Kelley himself has been dead for ten years or more. The agency was bought out by some bigger agency group. And, for what it’s worth, Atlanta is nowhere near what it was creatively between 1970-1990. Nowhere. The old Cargill, Wilson and Acree OWNED creativity below (and often above) the Mason Dixon line. They did Chiat-Day style work long before Chiat ever met Day. McDonald and Little did a bang up job too, for a while. And Cole, Henderson Drake, in it’s former guise under its original owners, did the tastiest work anywhere. Look at THOSE annuals for proof. Unfortunately, everyone got old and died or sold out or retired. And the world turns.