Try Before You Buy

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April 2009

Tattoos are permanent. So before you get one you want to make sure you’re going to like it. To help with this, we placed stickers of tattoos in bathroom and changing room mirrors throughout the city. People could line the tattoos up in the mirror to give the impression that they were actually on their skin. Below the tattoo was another sticker with the message.

Ambient advertisment created by BBDO, New Zealand for Dermagraphic Tattoo, within the category: Professional Services.

Try before you buy Tattoo

Advertising Agency: Colenso BBDO, Auckland, New Zealand
Executive Creative Director: Nick Worthington
Creative Director: Karl Fleet
Creative: Daniel Nelson
Creative: Alexander Bartleet
Account Manager: James Cummins
Photographer: Kevin Hyde
Agency Producer: Phil Newman

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pulchinela's picture
Activity Score 1175

People won't behave like examples, but if they get the idea it's ok.

jackmancer2017's picture
Activity Score 6992

The idea is good, nothing refreshing but good, but I'm curious if people will actually behave like the exampels above.

pulchinela's picture
Activity Score 1175

People won't behave like examples, but if they get the idea it's ok.

Stones's picture
Activity Score 138

Bit tough if you want a tattoo on your leg

mikeelrapido's picture
Activity Score 1929

Nice idea, but how many people will think about tattoo in bathroom..


satrianee's picture
Activity Score 3748

Ad's task is to "make" you think. 100% sure anyone responded these things on the mirror. It doesn't make ever suspicious one go and have a tattoo, but makes the others who consider a customer.

morse's picture
Activity Score 18024

It's good, but tattoos mirrors have been done many times for different subjects. I guess that's not a problem.

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The Lion's picture
The Lion
Activity Score 122

No, it is not. Mirror is just a surface that can be used any number of times.

Brain-Art's picture
Activity Score 1101

Good service

Wordnerd's picture
Activity Score 6692

nice idea. there could be a bit more variety for my taste. showing only lame tribals gives me the impression this tattoo studio kinda uncreative

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J Designer
Activity Score 2420

I see two tribal’s and one ta moko - This dose work for its intended audience because these are the most used tattoo styles in New Zealand.

I like the only question would be the height issue...It may be easy for a tall person to bend down to position the tattoos, but it would be really hard for a short person to jump up to position the tattoos.

Wordnerd's picture
Activity Score 6692

actually that's what i meant - a mirror with different styles of tattoos at differnet places. to do what they are saying: trying it out before deciding

bsides's picture
Activity Score 27

Don't see this actually working.

funky_frogii's picture
Activity Score 2538

very very gooood.

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silvi's picture
Activity Score 4172


WillyLatasa's picture
Activity Score 616

Good idea, but tattoos are very uglys!!!

"Bright ideas bring better results"

Migzter13's picture
Activity Score 973

Nice Idea. yeah.. try before regretting you just blew a thousand bucks or so on permanently damaging your skin.

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firebug's picture
Activity Score 1113

very good idea

rolling.stone's picture
Activity Score 2741

nice idea


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