Category Archives: Popular Art

Roundup: Jesus balloon, Oprahdoxy, minimalist Bible, Augustine, cave churches, and sugar sphinx

– Did you hear about the giant World Cup Jesus balloon that online gambling company Sportsbet floated over Melbourne two weeks ago? Resembling the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, the balloon showed Jesus wearing an Australian soccer jersey … Continue reading

Posted in Popular Art, Theology, Western Art | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

“Faith in Drag” podcast: on the role of images in Christianity and Hinduism

Encounter is a Sydney-based radio documentary feature program that seeks to explore the connections between religion and life. Two weeks ago they aired an episode, hosted by Allison Chan, that includes interviews with religious gift shop workers, Christian and Hindu … Continue reading

Posted in Non-Western Art, Pop Culture, Popular Art, Theology, Western Art | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jesus optical illusions

. . . for your viewing pleasure. The last one is being sold as a cross-stitch pattern and, believe it or not, has been tattooed on at least two arms that I’ve seen (click here and here for photographic evidence).

Posted in Jesus Kitsch, Popular Art | Leave a comment

Tap-Tap Art in Haiti

Last month a friend of mine, Rachel, told me about how when she visited Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2010, she found Jesus’s name and face painted all over the city’s public transportation vehicles, known as “tap-taps.”  Tap-taps are privately owned and … Continue reading

Posted in Non-Western Art, Pop Culture, Popular Art | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Thomas Kinkade’s Portrait of Christ

Popular Christian artist Thomas Kinkade passed away this month at age 54.  Known for his soft-focus paintings of country cottages, lighthouses, churches, and main streets, Kinkade is one of the most collected artists in America, with his paintings hanging in … Continue reading

Posted in Popular Art | Tagged | 1 Comment

The Dagger Project

Hebrews 4:12 describes the Bible as sharper than any two-edged sword, in that it pierces the heart with its raw truthfulness, exposing our insides.  If we were to transpose this verse into a modern idiom, “dagger” might be the more … Continue reading

Posted in Popular Art, Western Art | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Jesus Is My Homeboy: The Story That Started It All

The “Jesus is my Homeboy” T-shirt is a fashion trend that peaked in the mid-2000s, when celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Pamela Anderson, Ben Affleck, Ashton Kutcher, and Brad Pitt could be spotted wearing it. I remember seeing classmates in high … Continue reading

Posted in Popular Art | Tagged , , | 10 Comments