Cruciformity

5 03 2012
http://createvisualculture.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/cruciformity-gallery-opening/

Jesus is nailed to the cross: photo and art by Scott Erickson

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

– Romans 12:1

Scott Erickson, artist-in-residence at Ecclesia Church in Houston, recently designed a set of 10 tattoos corresponding with various Stations of the Cross. Chris Seay, Ecclesia’s pastor, joined more than 75 congregation members in getting one of the tattoos as part of their Lenten observance this year.

Now, I’m not a tattoo person at all, but I kind of love this.  This project has brought together an ancient liturgical practice with a new, urban art form…and has done so in an incredibly tasteful, creative, and beautiful way.  In his write-up of the gallery opening, Erickson mentioned that “about 30 of the tatooees showed up and were the actual living ‘Stations of the Cross.'”  It gives an entirely new meaning to the idea of what it means to “live out” your witness! (Click here to see all of his designs…they’re so neat!!)

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5 03 2012
JayEssJay

totally takes what you expect and turns it upside down… while it’s uncomfortable for a bit, i have to agree… i love it, too.

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