I find something intrinsically disturbing about advertising with or for human body parts. I'm primarily talking those parts that you don't usually see when you're walking down the street-you know: the inside parts.
And while advertising companies have (thankfully) shied away from the gory aspects of what's inside a human, a few of these ads managed to weird me out a little-primarily due to the quality of the copy. Many of these are really good advertisements and get the message through in a crystal clear manner.
1. Internal Organs by the Red Cross
We are on this planet for only so long. And there's such an ephemeral quality to this ad. The message is simple: "Donate an organ so another can live."
I'm an organ donor. It's images like this that make the whole idea of removing a body part from one person, then putting it into another almost a pleasant proposition.
And up until a moment ago made me forget that urban legend where the guy wakes up in a tub of ice and his kidneys are gone...
2.Internal Organs by Ontario College of Art & Design: Nancy Vonk
Oh, I get it! Interior Design!
Aren't there a few teen horror flicks where this happens to the teacher?
In this case the pour little pin-up woman is Nancy Vonk, the Chief Creativity Officer of the college. At least she's smiling through the pain...
This could also double as an ad for the new Dissection Barbie (If you want more bizarre Barbies, click here).
3. Internal Organs by Sibby's Cupcakery
Call me a jerk, but I don't want any critter, including an adorable child, in my stomach eating all of my food. A human tapeworm is not my idea of a healthy body. And don't even email me about being pregnant. I understand that concept, and this is not it.
If you can't tell, I'm something of a cynic. And despite what I wrote in the previous paragraph, this little ad broke through to the "Awwwwwwww, that's so cute!" part of me. How can it not? Just look at the bear!
It made me want to go eat the nearest cupcake.
4. Internal Organs by Craftsman Tools
The year is 2199; mankind is now ruled by power tools...
At first I thought I was looking at a beer bottle. Then I began to wonder if it was a still from The Body exhibit. You know, the controversial one with all of the cross-sectioned human bodies (I saw it-very cool).
And that has to be what Craftsman wants you to see here. I find this advertisement to be brilliant and sort'a creepy at the same time. The idea of a human body completely constructed out of Craftsman Tools is disturbing in the Terminator/Matrix "machines take over the world" kind of way-but still visually eye-catching.