Quills Shoot From Her Head

Trade show advertising isn’t exactly the sexy stuff ad people clamor to do. Which is too bad, because consumers have nothing to do but wander from booth to booth between cocktails. In other words, it’s the perfect time to engage the audience.
The ad above (for an unknown intellectual property company) is part of Engadget’s “best of the worst” collection from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. best of the worst? Man don’t bring back memories of ms taking the glory of a story.
    Is the quilling an insult or what? What a beautiful lady.
    Indian quillwork involved softening and dying stiff porcupine quills and weaving them onto leather or birchbark. The most stunning examples of porcupine quill artistry were the Plains Indian war shirts, each of which would take a skilled quillworker more than a year to embroider. Medicine bags, moccasins, jewelry, birchbark boxes, and baskets were other crafts frequently quilled in the past. Today, Native American quillwork embroidery is nearly a lost art. Porcupine quills are difficult to work with, and quilled leather is more difficult to take care of than beaded leather.
    besides we’ve turned the world into a world of vegans with our greed.

  2. qualifiers:
    i am not anti vegtarian or anti vegan, but i do think an animal has more to give after it has given it’s life on this earth. And within reason an animal (the human animal) sacrifices its life for a greater cause. Amen. Petayou shjould be fighting all selfishness in your campaigns.

  3. Schrodinger's Copywriter says:

    Best of the Worst???
    I like this ad.

  4. True story:
    back in 1998 or 1999, i wrote an article for a microsoft network forum front page. Free of Charge! Yea, stupid, i did something free of charge for microsoft. MS was willing to take hits on the x-box and sell it at a “good” price but not on networking and social communities back then. There was no money or future in newsgroups, and discussion forums didn’t allow for effective advertising, advertising, advertising last millennium. That was a hole where money was just being lost. We all know that money at microsoft was always tight. They made the right business decision and reincarnated newsreader communities into something else. Though, you’ll notice how on busy blogs the format is almost coming back with threaded messages and ratings(filtering), etc., reinventing the wheel and brakes. Think about that cave men.
    Anyway i wrote an article for the cooking community. It was fair, I guess. It was in the style of Alton Brown before there was an Alton Brown show. Bit of satire or frustration thrown in with warmth and fun and info. It was a difficult recipe afterall. And how do you write a recipe as an article anyway, and get it on a community front page?
    to go on…, i was going to write another article entitled
    best of the wurst
    because at the time i was going to get into making sausage. My family always had homemade Polish sausage. For goodness sake how could one be Polish and not ever make sausage. ON top of that I was also introduced to many different kinds of sausages when living in Europe. I had a couple books on sausage making, even smoking your own and hanging them in the attic to cure. Subject kinda fascinated me cause a good sausage is a good sausage, that and the fact that 99 percent of the stuff sold in the United States has a bunch of filler and who knows what other crap in it. I remember good homemade sausage and wanted to write that up. Well, somehow, because I am such a really oversensitive person, the praise or claim to fame or lack of monetary or even a dang baseball cap reward, (they gave out those at least at slate(another money making poo-poor for MS) rubbed me the wrong way, and not with garlic, thyme, or any other herb. I never completed the article on sausage cause I just didn’t feel wanted enough to care back. And i guess when the forum manager nudged a hint at me, i just thought the F@#%#9…no wait that was before I ever said the f word ever) Okay: Crap! the audacity of microsoft to nudge me.
    One day, I’ll make the perfect sausage, but i don’t think you’ll ever read about it as the
    best of the wurst, the title that never got written up.
    Note i suppose there is a bit of aftertaste in my mouth. Not bitter, but just nitrated-not-right taste that I can’t forget.