Subway Graffiti Artists Turn Offensive ‘Mad Men’ Ads Into Awesome ‘Mad Men’ Ads

A few weeks ago, the “Mad Men” marketing department sparked some controversy when some overly sensitive types unfamiliar with “Mad Men” imagery got up in arms because the billboard campaign — which showed a man falling against a white background — bore a passing resemblance to “The Falling Man,” a photograph of a man falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

The outrage wasn’t loud enough, however, to prompt the AMC ad people to pull the ads. So, the amateur New York City subway graffiti artists did their own redesigns, including the one above, which was discovered by Slate. Over at Gothamist, someone captured several more, and then their photoshopping commenters got into the game, as well.

Take a look at some of the examples, both from subway photos and the photoshops, and if you’d like, I’ve included the original ad should those of you with picture posting capabilities want to get in on the photoshop game, as well. A SUPREME GOD OF PHOTOSHOP badge (or its equivalent) will be awarded to the best design, once those badges are made available.

Here’s the original, if you folks want to play around with it.

And here’s a couple from our readers, the amazing Jean-Ralphio and a nice one from Boylerhaus.

And here’s another from Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo