Madam: would you let this man cut your hair?There’s not a huge amount to say about this sign. I mean, it speaks volumes on it’s own, just the way it is.

And most of what is says is terrifying.

I saw it in Mcleod Ganj last year – the town where the Dalai Lama lives – a very holy and sedate place in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Any kind of hairdresser is bound to be quite sedate there, it’s the sort of place a monk might nip in for a head shave.

That is if they don’t do that at the monastery, to be honest, I’m not really up on tonsure etiquette.

It’s certainly not the sort of place that a man with fingerless gloves, a psychotic look and the air of a surgeon just scrubbed up and ready to perform some kind of appalling hatchet job, is likely to pull in the punters.

That bloke, Jeff, doesn’t even look Indian – not that you can only be Indian to run a business here, as I am living proof.

But all the same, I have a fairly strong feeling that if I had tracked down this establishment, this chap would not have actually worked there. Which makes me wonder why he’s on the poster. Do they genuinely think it’s what their customers want?

And if so… can it possibly work as a marketing plan?

Plus the name Jeff. Does that sound exotic and wonderful to the Tibetan or Indian ear? Because it sure doesn’t to me. And the man in the picture doesn’t really look like a Jeff, now does he?

Really, the more I think about it, the more enquiring minds need to know.

Hmmm, next time I’m in the area, I’m going to do a little digging!


This is part of Signage Sunday – have a look at these other signs from the series:

What if the hokey cokey is what it’s all about?

This is not a brothel

Does that really say bowel?

Or check out all the signs on the complete Signage Sunday page.

Found an ace sign? care to share – go on, slide it into the comments or send it to me in an email. I’d love to feature more signs from readers here…