This is my Senior Thesis. I designed satirical candle labels and packaging. The concept I came up with was recreate Catholic prayer candles that worship vices and sins instead of Saints and Holy people. The message I wanted to get across was that nobody is perfect, and that’s ok! On the back of each candle, there is a prayer I wrote that tells the reader to embrace their bad side. The prayers are below:
A Prayer to Appetency
O’ come all ye whom have appetite. Whom desire sweet indulgent, and calming cigarettes. Whom choose to partake in an extra slice of cake and drinks too much wine. Whom lusts for all foods savory. We shall not bear the burden of others’ judgements any longer. Embrace your hearty belly and pity those who prefer to starve. Thou shalt remember to honor the three meals of the day with snacks in between. Be free and feed your appetite.
A Prayer to Vengeance
Hail Vengeance! We pray for guidance when wrong has been done. Help us choose our battles. Do we seek revenge, or shall we have mercy on our enemies? Upon choosing revenge, may our enemy suffer as we have. May he feel pain and she feel sorrow. Vengeance, we pray for a forever sharpened blade. We pray for our wounds to be filled with satisfaction and payback. We pray for all of our conflicts resolved.
A Prayer to Narcissism
To whom shall you turn to when you are abandoned? To whom shall you rely on when your friends forsake you? To whom shall you worship? Thyself. Pay no attention to those below you, for you yourself are a God! Your beauty surpasses all of nature. As you look in a mirror, weep for your are too glorious for your own eyes! Soon all will bow at your feet. Do not let anyone tell you are unworthy of such praise, for they are merely envious of your divine aura, and you shall pity them for they will never understand true beauty.
A Prayer to Thievery
Thou shalt always hide in the shadows while thieving. You take because you must survive. If you are hungry, steal your food from your gluttonous neighbor. If you need coin, take your money from your greedy neighbor’s wallet. Do not allow others to possess more than you, for it is you who deserves more. Do not feel guilt while stealing, for you are merely saving the people from their own self-indulgence. Do not allow others to take what is yours. May your hands stay sly and your footsteps quiet.