Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New York Wall

The 'Meat Packing District', Manhattan

I've always been a fan of graffiti. But you don't actually see much in NYC any more. That may be because the Mayor's office now calls it "Graffiti vandalism" and offers a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible, according to a notice I saw in the back of a cab. *Sigh*. New York was so much more fun when it was dangerous. Unless you got murdered, I suppose.

P.S. As you may have noticed I am now back after what the Americans call an 'outage'. Google suspended Scamp after someone complained about a comment in the Sauce Poll post a few days ago. Details are there if you're interested.

70 comments:

Rachel and Debbie said...

Yay your back! Not that we were worried or anything!

facu said...

for freedom of spe...! welcome back.

ben said...

Contrary to what Campaign wrote last week, I gave up the blog because of that kind of shit.

It's hard enough coming up with stuff to write about without effectively having to host a graffiti wall where everyone holds you responsible for the opinions of everyone else.

I thought the comment was funny, but then I thought Gerry Sadowitz was a bit tame.

David said...

i know for a fact some juniors from your favorite agency complained. whether it was the cause or not, now you know it.

I think it's a bit hypocritical specially after they consistently tried to promote their own ads in this space (cadbury print, asda's, etc)

a big boo to all of them
(you know who you are).

padraig harrington said...

lesson learned scamp:

change hosts.

this whole episode was bullshit.

Anonymous said...

That will teach you Scamp for not removing a comment made by one of your ex blog mate.

Next time just delete shit like that and stick to talking about ads.

Mike said...

Nice to know it wasn't anything too serious - are you going to do a bumper post for the day you missed?

Scamp said...

Actually, 10.48, I have no way of knowing who posted the offending comment. Nor do you.

Anonymous said...

leave scamp alone. nothing like english vitriol, is there? the cap is screwed very tightly on that bottle.

back to business. scamp is staying at the hotel on rivington, clearly. or the maritime. he's in new york.

been to the frying pan yet? good times.

Catcher In The Rye said...

I can think of a hundred blogs in Blogger that is offensive legitimately. The role of a moral police doesn't suit Google at all.

neil said...

Nice to have you back.

numi said...

You made it to Finnish news :-)

http://www.marmai.fi/uutiset/article118881.ece

Anonymous said...

lesson to be learn:
never underestimate bitter juniors.

Scam said...

Ladies & gentlemen, you've all been part of the "Scamp freakout".

Thanks for participating.

Anonymous said...

fuck it

the incident with the fallon juniors just made me realise the scum with whom we work.

just a lot of twats with rich parents who think skins is real life.

I hope anyone looking at cvs and sees "fallon junior" on it fucks them off from any other job. especially if the asda ad is on their reel.

Anjali said...

I did wonder what was going on when I tried to get to your blog the other day. What are the details, out of curiosity? Is the stuff in the comments true? :) Good to have you back, anyway!

RachelC said...

glad you're back. I thought you'd got caught up in the recent Google mistakes when they suspended lots of blogs by mistake. I'm sort of glad though I don't get the same type of comments!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Scamp,

i've added Fallons juniors to my blacklist.

Anonymous said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/aug/13/googlethemedia.digitalmedia

Anonymous said...

give fallon juniors a break.

1. we don't know for sure if they were the ones complaining.

2. what's wrong with defending your own work?

3. don't get why is that asda ad so polarising, there was vitriol even in Campaign's website.

4. why would fallon juniors leave fallon ever?

5. what's wrong with you Anon at 9:48? do you even know them?

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh. Jealousy.

Everyone wants to work at Fallon.

Seriously Scamp, good to have you back but the Fallon thing...it's getting really old, realy fast.

Anonymous said...

10.15 = fallon junior, bore off.

Anonymous said...

"everybody wants to work at fallon" that's what's getting really tired.

Anonymous said...

do you honestly think someone would put that thing on their reel?

no, really.

Anonymous said...

Fallon Middleweights.


New Danger.

Anonymous said...

Actually, on reflection, I think the film '8 Mile' featuring Eminem, was a pile of shite.

Has anything else just dawned on people after a period of about seven years?

Anonymous said...

fallon don't have middleweights.
but if they keep feeding those juniors, they won't go away.

Anonymous said...

Omg, thank God you're back.
We had it tough. Some of us even had to read Wal's blog instead (breaks in tears).

That's like drinking their own piss to survive.

Anonymous said...

wally loves the asda ad. he even fought for it on his blog.

wait a minute. maybe he's got a placement lined up at fallon!

oh, no! wally could become... a fallon junior!!!

isn't life just beautiful?

copyranter said...

Graffiti is actually growing over the last few years, compared to during the Giuliani police-state administration.

a voice from elsley court said...

wal has good taste, that's all.

mate koss said...

anon 12.15, if that ever happens I'll eat my cock and something tells me i won't be the only one to say that.

Anonymous said...

Finnish article care of Google translator:

Google closed the markkinointiblogin

Google has closed its visitors access to the most popular British marketing with a blog Scampin, says the Guardian.

Advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty creative director Simon Veksnerin a blog maintained by hundreds gathered to comment on it, until such time as visitors to access the blog was blocked.

Google claimed Scampin in breach of blogialustan Blogger Terms of Service.

Scampia has been described as a site that planners louskutus provoke silmiäkostuttavia matches of anonymity, angry colleagues.

Veksnerillä still does not have precise information on what his blog comments kirvoittamista was Google's opinion, justify the closure of the blog.

Fortunately, a blog on Wednesday morning was once again afloat.


Good to have you back Scampin.

Anonymous said...

NEWS JUST IN!

Wal and Jai have a placement at Fallon!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

will you have your cock al dente, mate? or well done?

Anonymous said...

great you're back.
and on topic: check out this one -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLikgptMD98
graffiti 2.0!

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account handler said...

I like the Asda ad.

steaming turd said...

I too like that Asda ad.
we've so much in common.

Anonymous said...

First wiedens and now Wal at Fallon. Wow. I'm astonished. If there's an agency where all of Wal's wacky stunts could flourish into campaigns that is Fallon.

Let's be happy for him people.
The man works hard.

Anonymous said...

If Wal gets that job I'll use my testicles as earrings.

Anonymous said...

copyranter


hopefully the crime and murder will return as well eh?

Anonymous said...

Scamp, how about a post on Wal or when blogging backfires...

Seems he is now the most well known junior even without a job

Anonymous said...

Feels like the blog has lost it's focus scamp. It's become more of a student bitchfest. Probably why google shut you down. Where's the meat gone? No pressure.

Inky Blackstuff said...

Thanks to the wonderful credit crunch, many of you are about to become freelancers (ie fired). I have freelanced before (and am likely to be doing so again) so allow me to enlighten you as to what to expect.
1) When you invoice, don't expect to be paid. Ever. Freelancers are different to normal people and they do not need to eat, pay their mortgages or buy trousers, thus no need to pay them.
2) You are like novice Spitfire pilots ie it is unlikely that you'll last long so no one will bother to get to know you or even acknowledge you in the corridor.
3) Freelancers are unlike normal people and will automatically know where the printer is. Though, of course, your computer won't be networked to it. It will take IT three days to attach you to a printer named after a celebrity. Freelancers are unlike normal people, they don't need to print anything.
5) If you bring your own laptop it will be impossible to get it to attach to the agency's network. Even though three IT bods are at your desk staring at it and saying "server" a lot. They will however admire it because, for tax reasons, you can buy a bloody nice one.
g) IT will explain how to print something in colour but the method will be so fiendishly complicated and the IT bod will explain it so quickly you will give up, download your colour printing onto a USB drive and print the fuckers up at home.
5a) The briefs you are given are often the most difficult ones in the agency. They will have been attempted, multiple times, over an entire year by every creative/planner/desperate account man in the building and will have remained resolutely uncracked, the creative director will have given up on them and you will be reviewing with the head planner (who, by this stage, has been driven quite, quite mad), you will be informed that the client will leave if you don't crack it in the next three days. Despite these hurdles, you won't be given a computer until the last day and you will be given seat in the coffee bar area. Freelancers are different to normal people. The more obstacles to creativity you can give them on really difficult projects, the easier they find it.
6) Other people think you are paid a fortune. Ostensibly you are paid quite well but of course rule 1) applies. They don't actually give you money until you threaten to firebomb the finance department. And even then they don't pay you, they just don the asbestos suits they keep under their desks. They automatically lose your first invoice. This goes without saying (I always used to send a second invoice two weeks after the first). You send it again, then they ask you what you were working on. Then they'll be on holiday or leave for another job, finally after 6 months you'll get your money but inflation will by now have made it worthless.
7) If you ask a PA for a pad or a pencil they will look at you as if you are mad. Don't know why. The stationary cupboard (in reality a drawer in a knackerd cupboard, covered in little magic marker marks, that refuses to open) will not have any pads (bar thousands of the tracing paper ones that no one ever uses) and you will have to steal a pen from the creative director's PA's desk when she's at lunch.
8) No one will tell you about the security system and you will get trapped in a stairwell. For some reason people assume freelancers are different from normal people and every security number in every agency is etched into their DNA or they have already received their security passes by magic or something.
9) When you get there on your first day, the person who got you in will have carefully omitted to tell anyone about your impending arrival. He will also be out at a meeting all morning so that you will have lost an entire half day of the three you have been allotted to crack this uncrackable brief.
10) You won't crack the brief. Frankly by the time you are involved the client is going to walk whether you give him a solution or not.
11) People will be utterly gobsmacked if you do anything good. Freelancers are not like normal people, they're shit at advertising.
12) There will be glorious weekdays when you are not at work, the sun is out and you have nothing to do and all day to do it in. You will learn what kind of people inhabit the world while normal people are at work. They're freaks and nutters.
13) The biggest cheese in the agency will pay you a visit and be very friendly. He is desperate for you to crack this brief and keep this client's income. His bonus depends on you.
14) All agencies are the same only the clients' creative judgement (or lack of) makes the difference.
15) You will occasionally work at some agencies that treat freelancers like normal people. Some good (though with their own...errrm how can I put it...peculiarities) ones are BBH, DDB, WCRS etc
Politeness, a public school education and sheer naked greed (and perhaps the need of employment in the future) forbids me mentioning other, though wonderful, less enlightened places.

P45 anyone?

Anonymous said...

Shit, Adam.
Fallon did really fuck you up, didn't they?

Anonymous said...

credit crunch unemployment is bollocks.

disposable people will always be made redundant. don't be disposable and your job will always be safe.

Wal said...

we ain't got a placement at fallon guys, don't believe the rumors.

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear that, wal.
you'll be fine tough.

Anonymous said...

well said inky blackstuff.

anybody know which agencies are looking for freelance teams this week?

Anonymous said...

Most people in most agencies are disposable.

Anonymous said...

is reading Scamp.


Oh. Sorry - thought this was facebook.

Anonymous said...

4:09 PM.
Hence the importance of not being like most people.

Anonymous said...

Hey don't get at me man - I was just trying to update my status on Facebook

Anonymous said...

4:23 PM

Of course, but that doesn't mean the coming recession isn't going to suck for a lot of people.

Anonymous said...

who would win in a fight between harv (the infamous fallon junior) and waldo (the infamous wannabe fallon junior)???

Anonymous said...

Someone told me that recessions are good for juniors because agencies get rid of the middleweights and bring in juniors at half the price.

Any truth in this?

Anonymous said...

it makes sense and i'll happen to you unless you've proven yourself to be worth keeping.

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Anonymous said...

seriously though: anybody know of agencies looking for freelancers this week?

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Anonymous said...

TOY BETTER KNOW

Anonymous said...

getting paranoid aren't we, scamp?

Jeremy Greenfield said...

Holier-than-thou junior creatives are a bitch. Fin.

Next: Graffiti in NYC. Go to Williamsburg to see an abundance of corporate sponsored graffiti and all-around grunginess. Go to Bushwick for the real deal.

Anonymous said...

@4:09

"Hence the importance of not being like most people."

Unless these so called "most people" are actually the brilliant people. Then it's good to be like most people. Because if you're not, you are, as we say in the good old US of Arab Emirates A, an ass.
And who decides who is most people? You? And what if YOU already ARE most people?
By gum, it's a conundrum and no mistake.

Scamp said...

9.51 - yes, I am getting paranoid. But don't forget, it's not me monitoring the comments right now, since I'm on holiday. It's the formidable Mr Al Merry.

spiritofstockwell said...

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john woods said...
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john woods said...

So long as there is something to say in the ghetto there'll always be graffiti!