Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

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Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Spadge63 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:28 am

I saw a commercial for an insurance company that seems to incorporate Burning Man's vibe. Even in their logo, the Man symbol forms the tree trunk. I'm sure it's purely coincidental, wondering what your thoughts are.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby moonrise » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:40 am

Madison Avenue STEALS ideas. :shock:
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:43 am

it's an illuminati conspiracy, duh...

soon you'll see Larry Harvey EVERY PLACE YOU GO and the secret symbols of the Hat™, and the Man™ and the Crescent™ and you will know the truth.

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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby knowmad » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:53 am

I also wonder what my thoughts are.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby some seeing eye » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:13 pm

Ad agencies and films are influenced by BM because the creative/art directors and costume designers for them vacation at BM. The ad industry has been appropriating from creative culture since the 1960's. Sure examples can be found in the film industry from the beginning.

Good catch though!
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Bob » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:46 pm

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

I confess I ripped off the Jolly Roger (and maybe one of Perimeter's old logos) when I helped design Greeter t-shirts about 12 years ago. We used crossed airfield ground crew flashlights instead of crossbones under the Man's lantern head. Still have a few, might put them on eBay.

In any case, I see absolutely nothing from Burning Man in that commercial vid. Stick figures in logos are not uncommon, and people sometimes dress freaky in the big city. You should visit one some time. TWIAVBP, etc.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Drawingablank » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:58 pm

Well, I'm not so sure the logo is coincidental since it was basically just a tree until shortly after the 2011 burn as far as I can tell.

I can see them wanting to incorporate a human icon into the tree though since they are primarily health insurers.

As for the commercial having a burner vibe, I can see it - but then I am a burner. It is a fun, lighthearted commercial because of it but I don't think the vast majority of folks seeing that commercial think Burning Man or for that matter have ever even heard of Burning Man.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby AntiM » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:05 pm

There's only so many ways to depict a human stick figure. You could say The Man is ripping off petroglyphs.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Eric » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:27 pm

Moved to Politics/Philosophy, it's a better fit.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby strange love » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:42 pm

I don't see much of a connection in that ad, more of a coincidental type of thing.

Now this commercial is definitely influenced by ttitd.


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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby danibel » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:52 pm

some seeing eye wrote:Ad agencies and films are influenced by BM because the creative/art directors and costume designers for them vacation at BM. The ad industry has been appropriating from creative culture since the 1960's. Sure examples can be found in the film industry from the beginning.


I agree with this. Many people go to TTITD and then take inspiration back to their daily jobs. I have no issue with that at all. Isn't that what we should do? Appreciate art when it strikes us? Integrate pieces of the event in defaultia as much as we can? Without commodifying of course.

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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby AntiM » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:54 pm

Damn feathers.

But I do like the vid.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Bob » Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:58 pm

strange love wrote:I don't see much of a connection in that ad, more of a coincidental type of thing.

Now this commercial is definitely influenced by ttitd.

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The founders of Burning Man intentionally copied the Bohemian Club, btw.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby theCryptofishist » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:00 pm

Bob wrote:The founders of Burning Man intentionally copied the Bohemian Club, btw.

I've wondered about that...
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Bob » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:12 pm

Besides, in that vodka ad, those people are DOING something. Ravefucks at Burning Man don't DO anything.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:43 pm

commercial is such a negative term.

How about something nice, like "non-profit."
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Bob » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:31 pm

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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby knowmad » Sat Oct 13, 2012 4:48 pm

Bob wrote:Image

also stolen
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Bob » Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:09 am

That reminds me, THIS WAS TOTALLY STOLEN FROM BURNING MAN.

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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:11 am

Gee guys, face it, Burning Man is part of popular culture. Do you think it would remain a secret?
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby timschapker » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:56 pm

Linda Perry stole Burning Man style before it existed. Proof that she's a time traveller.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby aserendipity » Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:09 pm

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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Wrath » Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:52 pm

Bob wrote:Ravefucks at Burning Man don't DO anything.

Actually, they dance.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Bob » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:54 pm

Wrath wrote:
Bob wrote:Ravefucks at Burning Man don't DO anything.

Actually, they dance.


Burning Man also being famous for loose definitions of art, dancing, influence, etc.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby maladroit » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:05 am

Wrath wrote:
Bob wrote:Ravefucks at Burning Man don't DO anything.

Actually, they dance.


They also look pretty, and provide unreserved childlike appreciation for anything awesome that you actually do. It's like magic to them.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby aserendipity » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:26 am

aint that the truth
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:40 pm

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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby gaminwench » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:10 am

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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:21 am

maladroit wrote:
Wrath wrote:
Bob wrote:Ravefucks at Burning Man don't DO anything.

Actually, they dance.


They also look pretty, and provide unreserved childlike appreciation for anything awesome that you actually do. It's like magic to them.

That's usually the exstacy talking.
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Re: Burning Man Influence in a Commercial?

Postby wh..sh » Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:43 pm

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