Tattooed Jesus Sparks Outrage


BILLBOARDS emblazoned with images of a heavily tattooed Jesus Christ are causing a stir in a Texas city.

Part of an ad campaign by Christian outreach group, the billboards show a pictorial depiction of Jesus with words like “Outcast,” “Addicted,” “Hated” and “Faithless” stamped on his body. According to the Christian Post, more than 50 such billboards have been erected in Lubbock, Texas, thus far.

“The message is a simple one, Jesus’ love is transformative,” Ashleigh Sawyer, media relations coordinator for Jesus Tattoo, said of the campaign. “He loves us unconditionally and no matter what you’ve been marked with, faith in Him and love for others will transform us.”, which is said to be unaffiliated with any religious organization, insists that the images are there to spread a positive message.


15 thoughts on “Tattooed Jesus Sparks Outrage

    • yeah yeah yeah!
      How d’you think you’d look after being hung out in the weather for a couple of thousand years, unable to trim your moustache or anything!.
      …..even THAT!! 😯


      • Strewth,
        Cant really recall Josephus ever telling us anything about that description of Jesus.

        Sure several of the early Fathers of the Church mentioned some of those features. If anyone is interested, I can quote the references. Strictly speaking such a deformed Jesus would not seem to be conforming to the Gospel verse that tell how ‘he grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man.’

        A lot of Christians over the years have taken the description of the Suffering Servant out of Isaiah to be depicting a malformed Jesus to come. At a local Evangelical church I attended once (at the invitation of a friend) the Pastor stated specifically in his sermon, that Jesus was really ugly. Shocked the congregation, I recall.

        Paul on the other hand was described in ancient writings as looking just like the image you gave.



      • Rian, I originally came across the pphysical description of the historical Jesus as being preserved in some Eastern Europe country. I googled in search of it and was most surprised to find a whole page of links attributing the description to Josephus, which I did not think was so.


      • Rian, references to any physical imperfection of Jesus’ have not survived the copying of Josephus in most areas, but this one remains in Slovenia – in his ‘capture of Jerusalem.’

        Thanks to Mon’s research.


    • The historical Jesus, Josephus tells us, was balding, hunch-backed, with a big nose, patchy beard, joined eyebrows and dark skin. He was not physically ‘perfect’, according to Jewish standards, and welcomed the imperfect.


      • Nope, you can keep your bald, hunch-backed, puckered lips, big nosed, white-skinned, ugly Jesuses to your selves. I’m not interested! Ever since I watched The Gospel of Matthew—Visual Bible, only that Jesus will do me. 😆

        Not because I think he is particularly good looking, but because of his warm, beautiful, appealing smile throughout most of the movie. This actor, Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, actually drew you to himself. In my opinion the model in the poster does the opposite.

        Don’t forget though that my original comment was me being facetious. I just can’t take that poster seriously—sorry.


      • I can’t stick around davinci,

        but if it is over what I said here, “In my opinion the model in the poster does the opposite,” well that’s just my personal reaction to the poster… doesn’t draw me in. One look is enough for me. But then who cares? I’m a Believer anyway. The poster isn’t for me. But that’s not to say it can’t reach others. If it is a God idea, then it will reach others and God will bless all involved with it.


  1. Did Jesus have a monobrow?

    In order to establish what Jesus looked like, Christians usually refer to a letter written by the Governor of Jerusalem, Publius Lentulus.

    “His hair is of the colour of the ripe hazel-nut, straight down to the ears, but below the ears wavy and curled, with a bluish and bright reflection, flowing over his shoulders. It is parted in two on the top of the head, after the pattern of the Nazarenes. His brow is smooth and very cheerful with a face without wrinkle or spot, embellished by a slightly reddish complexion. His nose and mouth are faultless. His beard is abundant, of the colour of his hair, not long, but divided at the chin.”

    Very nice; except that there never was a Governor of Jerusalem and Valerius Gratus was the Roman Prefect of Judaea at the time. Lentulus Publius never existed and the letter was simply an Early Church hoax, likely derived from the works of the 1st century historian Josephus.

    The Slavonic copy of Josephus’s ‘Capture of Jerusalem’ contains the following description of a man wanted by Pontius Pilate for claiming that he was the King of the Jews: “a man of simple appearance, mature age, dark skin, small stature, three cubits high, hunchbacked with a long face, long nose, and meeting eyebrows…with scanty hair with a parting in the middle of his head, after the manner of the Nazarites, and with an undeveloped beard.”

    The image of a rather unatractive Jesus is provided by numerous other sources:

    In the (Gnostic) Coptic Acts of Paul and Thecla, Paul describes him as “a man small in size, bald-headed with eyebrows meeting, rather hook-nosed” (v.3)

    In the (Gnostic) Acts of Peter, Peter quotes a prophet who described Jesus “And we saw him and he had no beauty nor comeliness” (v. 24).

    In the (Gnostic) Acts of John, John says: “And oft-times he [Jesus] would appear to me as a small man and uncomely” (v. 89)

    One of the Fathers of Christianity, Origen Adamantius, preserved some of the work of the Greek philosopher, Celsus, who described Jesus as “small and ugly and undistinguished.” Celsus is also possibly the source of the claim that Jesus’s father was a Roman soldier named Panthera…..from the holy prepuce blog.


    Could this be the real face of Jesus?

    An answer has emerged from an exciting new field of science: forensic anthropology. Using methods similar to those police have developed to solve crimes, British scientists, assisted by Israeli archeologists, have re-created what they believe is the most accurate image of the most famous face in human history.


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