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Japanese Tattoo Exhibit Campaign

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts had two overall goals: to introduce a new audience, including millennials, to the museum and to demonstrate its leadership in the art world by promoting tattoos as art.

Challenge

Tattoos are uniquely and deeply personal to the wearer. We wanted to honor that and create something that was as authentic, powerful and meaningful as the tattoos themselves.

Solution

Japanese firefighters used to paint dragons on the back of their fire jackets for protection. For greater protection, they began tattooing these dragons to their actual backs. A symbolic coat of arms. Today’s tattoo artists gleamed inspiration from this tradition and applied it to their craft.

We attempted to capture that through a series of posters and a campaign that included a citywide Instagram scavenger hunt and outdoor elements. The latter included bus wraps, college bus shelters, print, mobile, digital display, nontraditional collateral, a customized content sponsorship with Tattoo Artist Magazine and a block party, to celebrate the tattooing of the NDP building by a world-renowned muralist.

The efforts attracted a new audience, with 40% of attendees being new visitors. During the first month alone, our campaign helped VMFA nearly double projected ticket sales. A combination of earned and owned media efforts increased the VMFA budget by 40%, and their social media fan base increased by 20%.

VMFA - Samurai
Earned and owned media efforts increased the VMFA budget by 40%, and their social media fan base increased by 20%.
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NDP is a creative and media agency headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with team members across the country. The agency is proud to partner with clients like the Virginia Lottery, DMV, The Virginia State Police, Universal Fibers, VCU Health and The Jefferson Hotel, along with many others to bring their brands to life.

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