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Despite some taboos, tattoos have experienced a recent surge of popularity in many parts of the world, particularly in North America, Japan and Europe and most recently Australia.
The growth in the tattoo culture has also led to the growing incidence of using tattoos in creative ways in advertising. The following ten ads all use tattoos in interesting ways to help sell their products: read more »
Elizabeth Valeri, our guest blogger, is a resident of Colorado with an interest in the material abundance of everyday life. That is, she is amused by the ways we “over-invent” our lives in a fleeting attempt at controlling them. She wanted to share some of her wacky patent finds with the readers of InventorSpot.com.
Here's her article:
* * * * * read more »With Halloween fast approaching, I decided to scout the annals of the patent offices for inventions intended for the deepest, darkest, scariest recesses of mankind.
Japanese horror cinema, or "J-Horror" has been making a name for itself in recent years. Hollywood chillers The Ring and The Grudge are adaptations of recent J-Horror flicks and their success will surely spawn others. To get the full impact of what J-Horror really means, subtitles or not, you've got to go to the source... read more »
Plush breast toys... Yes, just when you thought Japan couldn't get any weirder comes this set of five "Funwari Milk-chan" soft plush breast character toys. Does this mean it's now OK for boys to play with dolls? Well, maybe not... read more »
Whether shopping in downtown Tokyo, relaxing at home with family or out on the town with friends or co-workers, Japanese just can't seem to get enough of - or away from - the Butt-Biting Bug! read more »
Japan's easily accessible cigarette vending machines have been tempting targets for teen puffers. Not any more - the new "TASPO" ID card combines age verification with a handy payment function! read more »
Nestle Japan employs creativity to get around a seemingly insurmountable marketing problem: adjust the product - Kit Kat candy bars - to fit the distribution network instead of vice-versa! read more »
Japan's spectacular castles seamlessly combine breathtaking beauty with military precision. The three Japanese castles at Himeji, Matsumoto and Osaka epitomize, each in their own particular way, the historic grandeur of Japan's golden age of swords and samurai! read more »
The Red Cross uses advertising to promote awareness about the needs of the world and the needs of your local area. They work to stress the importance of volunteers, of donating blood and donating financially to the causes that really matter. Here are my picks for some of their best: