Tattooed Jesus posters raise eyebrows – and a few hackles – in Lubbock, Texas

Tattooed Jesus posters raise eyebrows – and a few hackles – in Lubbock, Texas

A WHILE back, in the atheist section of Reddit, a woman posed this question:

My husband got a Trinity ‘father son holy spirit’ tattoo when he was 18. Now he is an atheist, and is stuck with this religious tattoo. Can anyone re-design it into something awesome? I jokingly say it looks like a ‘reduce reuse recycle’ or maybe the Star Trek emblem.  Any ideas?

There were a number of responses, but to my mind the best was:

Since the the tattoo is on his back… he could keep it as a reminder that all that stupid shit is behind him now.

I was reminded of that discussion today after reading of more stupid Christian shit –a rash of tattooed Jesus posters that has broken out across the landscape of  Lubbock, Texas.

A group claiming to desire “to spread the message of God’s love” is responsible for 59 billboards depicting the image of Jesus Christ festooned with tats  that say, among other things,  “addicted” and “depressed”.


The idea behind the campaign is:

To share Jesus’ love and make it known that it can change people despite their labels.

Said Ashleigh Sawyer, media relations coordinator for

The message is a simple one, Jesus’ love is transformative. He loves us unconditionally and no matter what you’ve been marked with, faith in Him and love for others will transform us.

Sawyer said the group is not affiliated with any particular organisation, but rather they are a bunch “humbled by Jesus’ love” who hope to convey the:

The greatest love story of all time.

Sawyer says the response to the campaign has been overwhelmingly positive although some initially are taken aback by the image of Jesus with tattoos while others immediately understand what it represents.

We’re finding that those who visit the website and watch the video come to understand the message of the campaign. Certainly, like with all deeply personal relationships, not everyone approves of the image of Jesus with tattoos, but we welcome the controversy because we understand that a dialogue on the issue is the best way to spread the message.

She added:

We simply want to share the story with as many people as possible in a way that’s relevant and appealing to both the churched and unchurched. 

Although the movement launched in Lubbock, Texas, the group hopes it will spread into other cities across the nation and even internationally.

Christians, as we all know, bandy the word “love” a lot. But in practice? Well, this lot wouldn’t recognise love if it got up and danced the fandango …

They are claiming:
It is better to die than live in a world welcoming of gay people.

This tattoo sums up my response to this latest outbreak of Christian idiocy:


Hat tip: BarrieJohn

24 responses to “Tattooed Jesus posters raise eyebrows – and a few hackles – in Lubbock, Texas”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    The message is a simple one, Jesus’ love is transformative. He loves us unconditionally and no matter what you’ve been marked with, faith in Him and love for others will transform us.

    Simple my arse!

  2. AgentCormac says:

    OT, but has anyone else seen the story this morning about the vatican withdrawing 6,000 copies of a new papal medal? Apparently they’d misspelt the name of Jesus on it. Doh!

  3. barriejohn says:

    I did see that, AC. Unbeleavable!

  4. barriejohn says:

    Jesus’ love is unconditional; he accepts us as we are; he loves us “despite our labels”; but, of course, his love is “transformative”, ie he wants to change us all into the type of persons that these religiots find acceptable. Can’t they see through their own bullshit?

  5. Broga says:

    I think a medal with Jesus wrongly spelled may be the least of their worries. A friend, with a rational i.e. atheist, outlook tells me he heard an item saying that an academic researcher into the bible had discovered a document proving that the Romans invented the Jesus myth to pacify the Jews. I haven’t heard this on the UK religious propaganda service i.e. the BBC, which censors this kind of information where it can, so maybe he heard it right.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Broga: Apolgies for linking to the Mail again, but they cover these stories rather well. It’s not a new idea, but there is to be a debate about it in London on 19th October. The idea that Jesus was a purely fictitious character would not be shocking to most of us who contribute to this site, and elements of his theory have been raised here many times.

  7. barriejohn says:

    Comment: “You non-believers my suggestion is that you take look at a book on human anatomy and read it. Then make that determination if there is not a greater or higher power who designed and created us. You don’t believe that an automobile just happened by accident. Someone for sure invented it. Two good mechanics can take it all apart and then put them back together intact again. A design not so complicated. You can’t do that to the human body. You need different specialists for just about every part of the human body. That shows just how complicated the design was. And if we happened to be created by accident why are all the parts of the body on each and every person in the same place?”

    Can’t argue with that!

  8. David Anderson says:

    Broga: I think you are refering to that “academic researcher” Joseph Atwill. He has been pushing his theory since, at least, 2005. He has been de-bunked many times by a real academic, Richard Carrier on many occaisions and you can see the latest on Carrier’s blog.

  9. barriejohn says:

    DA: You might have provided the link!

    Carrier isn’t beyond criticism, either, of course. So much of this mythicism/euhemerism is speculative, naturally.

  10. Angela_K says:

    Re the Joseph Atwill research and that comment from the Mail. It doesn’t matter how much evidence the religious are shown – even things they can verify for themselves – or information that proves their belief in mythological beings is absurd, these idiots will carrying on believing because they are incapable of thinking for themselves. Bob and Ken being good examples.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Angela: One of the heroes of the Plymouth Brethren is the late Bristol surgeon, Prof Rendle Short. We all had a copy of Wonderfully Made – a book which echoed views such as those expressed by someone here recently; viz “How could a complex organ like the eye simply evolve, when one part of it could not function without the others?”. The question itself shows a complete misunderstanding of the way that evolution has taken place, as if creatures with complete, complex eyes, suddenly arose, whereas we know that simple creatures possessing the precursors of eyes have existed for millennia. Rendle Short’s son did admit that his father had to wrestle with modern discoveries which contradicted his simplistic views, but he never admitted to that in his books. And he never explained how this brilliant creator came up with such a cock-eyed design for the knee!

  12. David Anderson says:

    Sorry barriejohn, can’t imagine why I didn’t provide that link. Thanks for doing it for me.

  13. Broga says:

    @barriejohn and David Anderson: Thanks to you both. I look forward to pursuing the links you provided. Being of a naturally sceptical disposition I wonder if my atheist mate who “heard this somewhere” is a crypto Daily Mail reader.

  14. andym says:

    “It is better to die than live in a world welcoming of gay people.”

    Go on,then. Nobody’s stopping you. You certainly won’t be missed.

  15. Angela_K says:

    Barriejohn. I’ve had the perfectly designed eye argument with creationists before – as I expect most of us here have. The creationists can never answer the fact that if the eye is designed, why has the eye a blind spot where the optic nerve connects and why a convex lens that inverts the image so our brain has to correct it. And if the creationists claim their Bible says humans are at the top of the tree, why do we not have the visual acuity of a bird of prey and be able to see down into the infra-red; we’d also have a Bloodhound’s sense of smell!

  16. Matt+Westwood says:

    Sorry, but I thought the quote “What a useful religion this Christianity is — the people practically oppress themselves!” (from memory, no time to look it up) from Constantine was well-known and had been known about for a long time.

  17. L.Long says:

    Jesus was a devote jew and would NEVER have any tats!!!
    Hypocrisy anyone?

  18. tony e says:


    Cheers for the link – cannot wait for the book.

  19. Canada Dave says:

    @L Long
    “Jesus was a devote jew”

    Funny you know if that was the case and of course he was the son a god as well….how come the German 3rd Reich managed to slaughter 6 million of his brethren in WW2?…you would that worlds top Jew ….and a god to boot could have done something to help stop the mayhem in the camps…..or perhaps he was ….just another man.

  20. Andy says:

    Think I’d rather have the tat without the horns.

  21. 1859 says:

    @barriejohn:I would guess that you have as many grey hairs as I have and, that being the case, I wonder if you ever recall watching a TV programme broadcast (probably sometime in the 70’s?)about a sect of early jewish monks called the ‘Essenes’? The programme questioned the origins of jesus etc. But there were some astonishing (if true) claims about what the son of god got up to in the desert. The programme showed an ancient Essene monastery somewhere in the Middle East surrounded by enormous walls with no way in or out. Everything that passed between the inside an outside went in a wooden hoist or crane. Anyway, the programme reportedly found extremely ancient books/texts in the monastery’s library that told of jesus having what can only be described as hypnotic powers over his followers. It also found written ‘evidence’that jesus insisted that the young men who wished to follow him, first had to enter a cave naked and alone to undergo an ‘initiation’ ceremony with jesus. The main conclusion of the programme was that if jesus did exist then he was some sort of gay hypnotist. Do you – does anyone – ever remember seeing this documentary? Unfortunately I have no links but my memory is pretty secure.

  22. barriejohn says:

    1959: The Essenes are believed to have been the custodians of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Reading up about this had a devastating effect on my simplistic faith as a young man. Even if Jesus wasn’t an Essene – even if he didn’t exist, or THEY didn’t exist, as some posit – the very existence of the documents proved beyond doubt that all that business about Jesus and his teachings being “unique” and “revolutionary” was just pure baloney. Whatever the apologists, like Prof Bruce, were saying, the cat was out of the bag. I don’t think now that Jesus WAS one of the Essenes; if you look at the Gospels objectively he comes over as a rabid zealot, and the “nice” bits – like the Beatitudes and the parables – have obviously been tacked onto the story by the various authors. It was all written much later than when it was claimed to have happened anyway. It’s interesting that you mention the nudity and male bonding, as this is, as I’m sure you are aware, a recurring theme in the Gospels, and many have raised the matter here before.