Advertisement Gives Lego People Intricate Tattoos

Tom Goldman

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Advertisement Gives Lego People Intricate Tattoos



An advertising campaign for a new line of fine-tipped pens has proven how fine they really are by giving Lego people tattoos.

It seems like a tattoo would be really hard to engrave even on a normal sized person. That's why I'm so amazed by the intricate tattoos featured in a pen advertisement, which are extremely detailed considering that they're drawn onto Lego people.

A Lego person is a couple of inches tall on a good day, so it's not exactly easy to draw a dragon, skull, or Harley Davidson logo on the arm of one. Seemingly, that's just what Barcelona's Grey advertising agency did to promote a line of Pilot's extra-fine tipped pens. These tattoos aren't simple either, so if they were really drawn on with pens, they're amazing. Even if they weren't, tattooed Lego people are way cooler than non-tattooed Lego people.

The series of six Lego person images can be found here [http://flavorwire.com/106769/strange-but-true-tattooed-legos]. As far as creativity in advertising goes, this is at the top of my personal list. I mean, come on, anybody that gives a Lego person a tramp stamp should be patted on the back and wholeheartedly commended.

Source: Boing Boing [http://flavorwire.com/106769/strange-but-true-tattooed-legos]

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fenrizz

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That is pretty damn impressing.

Now I just need to think of an excuse to buy one of these pens.
 

Rigs83

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Sad how this brilliant idea is really just an add and not some ultracool gallery exhibit for some pretentious artist. Actually I guess i prefer the ad.
 

enzilewulf

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I know what I am getting for next school year. New clothes. Anyways I want this pen as a drawing pen. I think it would be awesome.
 

Kilgorn

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I call BS, there is no way that pen can get than small of lines. I must get one of these and try it though.
 

qbanknight

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I don't know whether to call that incredibly impressive or an incredible waste of time, maybe a little of both
 

YonderTunic

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qbanknight said:
I don't know whether to call that incredibly impressive or an incredible waste of time, maybe a little of both
Both, no question. The lego guys are still awesome, and I do want on of those pens just to fool with. Stupid advertisements making me want stuff.
 

porschecm2

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Impressive, if indeed they did that with the pen. However, after opening them in PS and examining them closely, I'm reasonably confident they're photoshopped. Still awesome, however.

Cm2
 

mjc0961

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If they really did that with those pens, that's pretty awesome.

porschecm2 said:
Impressive, if indeed they did that with the pen. However, after opening them in PS and examining them closely, I'm reasonably confident they're photoshopped. Still awesome, however.

Cm2
How do we know you aren't just this guy [http://xkcd.com/331/]?
 

emeraldrafael

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From the new Prison Break Lego set.

Oka, I'm sure i wasnt the first to be that original.

anyway, I'd be afraid to break the tip when i write if its that fine.
 

Mr. Gency

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porschecm2 said:
Impressive, if indeed they did that with the pen. However, after opening them in PS and examining them closely, I'm reasonably confident they're photoshopped. Still awesome, however.

Cm2
*Sigh* I was afraid of that. Anyways, I came here to tell everyone that if they discovered these were Photoshopped, that I don't want to know.

Jerk
 

Optimus Hagrid

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qbanknight said:
I don't know whether to call that incredibly impressive or an incredible waste of time, maybe a little of both
How is it a waste of time when the artists get paid money for doing it?
 

Corpse XxX

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My god that must have taken some time to draw!

And high requirements for a steady hand..
 

Booze Zombie

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Well, it's not bad advertising.
It tells you what you need to know and it's entertaining to look at.
 

Jared

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Oh wow...although question is why would you ever need anything THAT fine? o_O
 

Omegatronacles

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I'm not sure these are real.

Disregarding any accusations of photoshop, I would have liked to see some scale comparisons.

Given that giant lego men exist, this would be far less impressive if it had been drawn on one of these.

 

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porschecm2 said:
Impressive, if indeed they did that with the pen. However, after opening them in PS and examining them closely, I'm reasonably confident they're photoshopped. Still awesome, however.

Cm2
wut bs as a graphic designer and digital artist, I know that opening a .jpeg .ping or any other form of basic image file in photoshop, illustrator or any other adobe software will not tell you if its been 'photoshopped' (unless there are blatant irregularities in shading or lighting which there isn't). With images this size, zooming in on the lines close enough to see if there digitally rendered will degrade them to a mass of pixels and make them unrecognizable as fake or otherwise. If you have a source to an illustrator vector file, however you could tell if they where photoshopped or not.
 

heavy-metal-ink

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I bet they'd make a nice little bonus for themselves by selling them as part of the advertising campaign.
Either way, they look awesome, and the one with the dragon sleeve is probably my favorite.
Now, gotta go get myself one of those pens before college starts again!
 

chromewarriorXIII

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I actually want the LEGO characters more than the pen but I need to get my hands on one of those too. I also want to know who did the art because they are amazing (assuming these are real).
 

porschecm2

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Jet_02 said:
porschecm2 said:
Impressive, if indeed they did that with the pen. However, after opening them in PS and examining them closely, I'm reasonably confident they're photoshopped. Still awesome, however.
wut bs as a graphic designer and digital artist, I know that opening a .jpeg .ping or any other form of basic image file in photoshop, illustrator or any other adobe software will not tell you if its been 'photoshopped' (unless there are blatant irregularities in shading or lighting which there isn't). With images this size, zooming in on the lines close enough to see if there digitally rendered will degrade them to a mass of pixels and make them unrecognizable as fake or otherwise. If you have a source to an illustrator vector file, however you could tell if they where photoshopped or not.
As a graphic designer and digital artist myself, of course I'm aware that simply opening them in PS or Illustrator won't "tell" me if they're photoshopped. I opened them there to examine them more closely, to find said irregularities. And I believe I found some. As an avid Lego fan, I am highly familiar with Lego, and what photographed Lego looks like.

Notice, for instance, on the pirate figure, the tattooed rope which hangs vertically in the middle of his stomach; it extends just slightly lower than the torso. Also, in numerous instances in several of the photographs, the tattoos do not actually extend around the arms, but end several pixels before the edge of the arm. This would indicate that unless the artist knew *precisely* to within micrometers the angle the photograph was to be taken at, that the tattoo was added after the photograph was taken There are several other such small tip-offs. There are no "blatant" irregularities, as you say, but there are minor irregularities. You wouldn't expect to find any blatant ones from someone who's competent using photoshop. Conclusive? Not entirely; but I never claimed to be 100% certain. But added to the fact that, as I say, I am extremely familiar with Lego, and what can be done with it, while it is *possible* that someone actually "tattooed" these figs, the extreme skill necessary to do so makes it highly unlikely. The level of detail there is akin to carving things on a toothpick. Possible? Yes. Unlikely for an ad campaign though.

Omegatronacles said:
I'm not sure these are real.

Disregarding any accusations of photoshop, I would have liked to see some scale comparisons.

Given that giant lego men exist, this would be far less impressive if it had been drawn on one of these.
Given that these are, before tattooing, all recently produced Lego figures, I think that's unlikely enough to be discounted. I believe I would be able to recognize a change in scale of the fig, if these were not regular classic minifigs.
 

Lizardon

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Whether or not they are legit (which I doubt), they still looks freaking cool, and a great marketing stratergy.
 

VanityGirl

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I know someone got a hand cramp from writing on that. That is truly remarkable and makes me want to buy those pens. :)