Publishing Obscene Odes On the Windows of the Skull

Just about any agency can make great ads for the right client. And the right client often comes in the door as a pro-bono opportunity.
I don’t know if The Beat Museum is pro-bono or not, but I can’t imagine they had much money to spend.
Grey’s San Francisco office created the campaign, which can be seen in full at Adrants.

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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.

  • Duane

    If by “Pro Bono” you mean “fake.”
    Also, the headline is clumsy. Might as well start with the phrase, “Isn’t it ironic?”

  • Artdirector

    Shows a big problem with a lot of art directors who must not have a design background, and so end up ignoring craft.
    Besides the photoshop ‘feather’ tool being used, the quotation marks are also actually inch marks.

  • David Burn

    What can I say, I’m a sucker for an ad about “Howl”.

  • bilbo

    Whipdeedoo…another fake campaign for an obscure museum that attempts in pseudo-highbrow fashion to highlight some irrelevant historical twist and uses a parchmentesque paper border. Post something I haven’t seen a million times before. It was good when it was the Babe Ruth Museum or the Library of Congress, but that was then this is now.

  • todd


  • David Burn

    @ bilbo –
    irrelevant historical twist? i don’t think so. unless, of course, you’re totally fine with repression of free speech and the arts.
    also, i’m not asking you, or anyone else to endorse the work. if i like it, i post it.

  • truth

    Probably scam, but at least it’s not going that extra step like some agencies do for say – Lego, Matchbox, Tide – and actually ‘pretend’ to make them for a real client.

  • peanut gallery

    Whoever would think the beat generation to be irrelevant must consider the entire 1960s and 1970s, and much of what we call American culture today, to be unimportant.

  • bilbo

    okay, poor choice of words, i should have left “irrelevant” out of my post, I did not intend to raise the hackle of the Ginsbergians or First Amendment Society members out there…guilty on that point…but I stand behind my comment that this is derivative art direction, in fact, it’s derivative of derivative art direction…this stuff wouldn’t even get in the student book of a VCU grad…unless, of course, they had a penchant for black turtlenecks, reciting incomprehensible poetry and banging on a bongo all day