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Posthumous Actor Ads

The 'Hopper Lives' Vans Billboards Will Take Your Breath Away

— August 17, 2011 — Marketing
Actor Dennis Hopper may have passed away in May 2010, but his life is carried on in the 'Hopper Lives' Vans billboards decorating the streets of Los Angeles and New York City. The colossal ads are promoting the limited edition shoes and apparel, designed in collaboration with the skateboard brand before his death.

The Dennis Hopper ad campaign is based on the "Bird Lives!" graffiti that appeared in the streets of NYC after the death of jazz musician Charlie Parker in the 1950s. This nod to such a powerful street art movement is what makes the Vans billboards so remarkable.

As a fan of Vans apparel and the actor, I hope these Hopper Lives Vans billboards make appearances in cities around the world. The black and white photography and simplicity of the poster makes it look more like a work of art than an advertisement.
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