Try Before You Buy

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April 2009
Dermagraphic Tattoo:  Try Before You Buy
Dermagraphic Tattoo Ambient Ad -  Try Before You Buy


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 advertisement 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

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

Activity Score 1163
jackmancer2017's picture

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

pulchinela's picture

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

Activity Score 1163
Stones's picture

Bit tough if you want a tattoo on your leg

Activity Score 138
mikeelrapido's picture

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

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satrianee's picture

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.

Activity Score 3734
morse's picture

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

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

The Lion
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Wordnerd's picture

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

Activity Score 6620
J Designer's picture

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.

J Designer
Activity Score 2416
Graphic Designer at Click Clack
Wordnerd's picture

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

Activity Score 6620
bsides's picture

Don't see this actually working.

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funky_frogii's picture

very very gooood.

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WillyLatasa's picture

Good idea, but tattoos are very uglys!!!

Activity Score 608
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Migzter13's picture

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

Activity Score 973
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firebug's picture

very good idea

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rolling.stone's picture

nice idea

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