What Are They Selling?
There is subliminal advertising. Then there is the advertising trying to be subliminal, yet it’s not. It’s a step above subliminal, painfully obvious and the equivalent of blunt force trauma.
It hits so hard that if you turn the page without stopping, you will stop and say “wait a second, what did I just see?” And then turn back a page to double-check.
No, this product shown above is not from the Adam and Eve sex catalog.
I’m not quite sure which magazine this ad appeared in possibly Vogue or an in-flight magazine. It ran sometime in the early to mid-2000s.
When I saw it, I tore it out, saying to myself this has to be a joke no one would believe this.
Donna Karan Phallic Perfume bottle ad text (click to enlarge – no pun intended.)
But it’s real. I folded it up showed it to a few friends. Then I saved it in my shoebox full of oddities with the funny poem, the wooden nickel and a mood ring. Continue reading