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With only a few days left in 2010, it's time to look back at a year of dizzying highs and crushing lows, a year when every empty storefront held a pop-up shop and every sidewalk a sample sale line. Folks, it's the annual (four years running!) Racked Recap. All this week and into the next, we'll be reliving our biggest and brightest (and saddest and darkest) moments. Take a deep breath of the sweet, sweet nostalgia with the year in billboards.
- January: Weatherproof's unauthorized Obama ad.
- January: Calvin Klein's very naked male model.
- March: A compendium of billboards announces some major Times Square changes.
- April: Manhattan Mini Storage undergoes a consumerist crisis.
- July: Calvin Klein's secretly-scandalous QR code in Soho.
- July: Forever 21's interactive billboard might be the best one this year.
- July: In the right position, the wheels spell "We Are Workers."
- August: Armani announces 3D ad campaign. Is that why these abs pop?
- December: Jesus Juice Coature might be the worst brand name ever.
The theme of this year's billboards was technology, from Calvin Klein's QR code—scan it and you'll get a naughty movie!—to Forever 21's interactive video screen. There weren't as many signage scandals as in years past, through an unauthorized shot of President Obama wearing a Weatherproof jacket did inspire a kerfuffle. The most talked about billboard of the year, though, relied on nothing but old-fashioned nudity: Readers left 46 comments on a post about a Calvin Klein ad starring stark naked model David Agbodji.
· All billboard coverage [Racked NY]