Thursday, February 07, 2008

Ash Wednesday Alternatives, 2008

For the hardcore believers who demand something a little different from their church, we at the brain lab, have come up with a couple more alternative ash imposition ideas. (Yeah, I know. It's too late to actually try 'em this year:

-Set your hair on fire! There's no more worry about your hairdo, AND you'll have ashes on your forehead!

-For the more punk-inclined, there's the temporary tattoo on the forehead. We have two options so far. The first is a nice line drawing of an Ash tree. The second is a large tattoo of the word "ASH" in hues of gray and charcoal.

Last year's alternative ash imposition ideas here.


HMSnow said...

At work, we were discussing the niche market for a drive-through Ash Wednesday service for people who have to work during that time.

If you went with the temporary tattoo idea, you could take it a step further and use a stamp, like the ones you get at amusement parks. Then you could use black lights (a punk version of a candlelight service?) so the "ash" stamp would glow. Talk about avante-garde.

PraiseDivineMercy said...

Quite accurate. The time I actually managed to set my hair on fire (it involved a candle and me dropping something near the table with the candle) the ends of my hair sizzled and turned into a fine rain of ash.

The Ironic Catholic said...

How about lipstick for the gals in the congregation? Easy, convenient...Blood red would be a nice touch.

If they really got into the penitential mood (and the show fit), they could then mark a letter A on the upper left chest of their dresses....

Allen said...

The ol' Hester Pryne routine, eh?

Maybe I'm a bit Amish, but wouldn't lipstick of any color smack of extravagance and flashiness?