December 23, 2004
Where's Your Ribbon?
Those magnetic ribbons are everywhere, the yellow or red, white & blue ones with phrases like "Support Our Troops" or "God Bless America." These often strike me as empty gestures, especially when it's a big yellow ribbon on a giant SUV. (Honestly, who needs a tricked-out Hummer on the streets of Atlanta, let alone anywhere?)
The prankster in me wants to move the ribbon to another spot on the car. The wicked me wants to trace the outline of the ribbon with a Sharpie, maybe write some counter-phrase within the outline - and then replace the magnetic ribbon. Well maybe not a Sharpie - a grease pencil or something. I wouldn't want to steal one - that's just mean.
At PoMo Sideshow, you can order custom magnetic ribbons with alternative phrases such as "More Patriotic Than You," "God Bless Jingoist Ribbons," "Where is Your Ribbon?" and others. You can also provide your own phrase for your ribbon. I guess if I were to pick one, I'd go with something more serious than snarky, like "Demand Open Source Voting" or "Real Patriots Question Bush." Of course, then I'd worry about someone stealing my ribbon, because it's just so darn cool. ;) But they offer different ribbon sizes and you can specify whether you want an indoor magnet or one that would be used outdoors, like on your car.