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Topic: Spec

Bad Day on Social Media? Ads for High-Alcohol Beer Suggest Drowning Your Sorrows

An appeal to modern self-pity

No one inspires sympathy quite like a guy who spots his girlfriend on Tinder while shopping around on the the dating app himself. A new campaign from Brazilian agency Candy Shop…

Watch Out, New Hamburglar, Old Hamburglar Is Out of Jail and on the Road Again

A parallel adventure

If you're underwhelmed by the new Hamburglar's antics so far—and are pining for the original criminal himself—you're in luck, thanks to a spec campaign from production company Whiskey Tongue. The #OGHamburglar…

This Gay-Themed Taco Bell Ad Isn't Real, but Taco Bell Digs It Anyway

'Leaked' spot is actually spec

It's a sign of the times that some freelance directors can make a gay-themed spec ad for a major brand, and that brand not only doesn't go ballistic and have…

Crocs 'Very Concerned' About Fake Ad Showing Its Wearers Kissing

OK, it's also a bad spot

You may have seen an uncharacteristically bawdy ad for Crocs on the Internet this week. Well, it turns out it was fake (it was apparently a spec spot from London…

Ad for Teddy Bears Captures the True Horror of Childhood

Your kid's only hope in the middle of the night

Teddy bears aren't what they used to be. Seth MacFarlane's Ted made sure of that—the disgusting, foul-mouthed bum. Now, in this spec ad for German teddy-bear company Steiff, we get…

Raunchy Skittles Couple Welcome a Surprise Reese's Pieces Baby

Another insane spec candy ad from Cousins

Cousins, the directors who did the crazy unauthorized, NSFW Skittles spot last year, are back with a sequel. (Spec work seems to be their specialty.) The couple who were having…

Fantastic Fan Art: Great Shows on Great Shoes

Sports site Tauntr mocks up killer Converse collection

Here's a fun bit of fan art crossed with aspirational product design. The team at sports comedy site Tauntr decided to mash up their favorite TV shows with their favorite…

The Most Raunchy Skittles Commercial You Will Ever See (NSFW)

(This is a spec ad—not approved by the Skittles brand.) You take TBWA\Chiat\Day off the Skittles account, and look what you get—pure, unadulterated filth! Spec work by L.A. directing team…

Aston Martin Spec Spot Is Dreaming Its Life Away

Vrooom! This effects-powered spec ad for the Aston Martin AM V12 Vantage, by Gentleman Scholar, puts the mood in moody. It's called "Reverie," and it makes me want to slide…

Nasty insults standard on all Dacia vehicles

This commercial by production company Artcore for Romanian automaker Dacia (and likely not approved by the client) presents an old couple and a car salesman trading a dizzying array of…

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