It’s a Christmas Miracle: Man Finds Mother Mary in Tie-Dye Shirt

No fabric design comes as close to being an outright Rohrschach test as the run-together colors of a tie-dye shirt. Nonetheless,

A Florida man said he was shocked to discover an image of the Virgin Mary over the heart area of a homemade tie-dye T-shirt.

Tim Symonds of Suncoast said he regularly makes his own tie dye T-shirts…

… which means that he has many occasions to spot bunnies or demons or anything his imagination can produce, much a like a child spotting images in clouds.

[Symonds] was shocked recently to see an image on one of the shirts that appears to resemble the mother of Jesus, WWSB-TV, Sarasota, Fla., reported Wednesday.

“I have a basic idea of what the shirt’s going to look like but I tell everyone God does the real art work because where the shirt folds and how the dye runs is up to him and it often makes different images,” Symonds said.

“When I unfolded the shirt I noticed mother Mary was in the center of one the shirts by the heart,” Symonds said.

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  • ludovico

    How do we know that this image does not represent Fatima, wife of Mohammed-?

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Or Mary Magdalene….the whore nearest the heart?

    If I tilt it north-by-northwest and squint through a shot glass, it kinda looks like it has a beard….hmmm…… Charlie Manson?

  • CryoFly

    All that I see is a feline…

  • Greg G.

    I see the Sphinx.

  • CryoFly

    Ha, there is after all something to the pharaoh’s gods…

  • Bob Jase

    Fatima was only nine years old so she wasn’t as well-endowed as Mary who was maybe fourteen.

  • Frazzah

    This is just sad… and a money making opportunity.

  • Speedwell

    Man who makes tie-dye T-shirts for a living sees something that isn’t there. In other news, water is wet and dogs chase cats.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Yes, it is very strange that an image with bilateral symmetry appeared exactly where he folded the garment for dying, in the center near the heart…what are the odds?

    BTW, I have lived in Eugene, Oregon for the last 28 years and I have NEVER worn, or been tempted to wear, tie-dye. I would say that ranks as a triumph of individualism, if you know anything about Eugene…;-)

  • suzeb1964

    I lived there in the late 70’s…do they still have the Saturday market downtown with all of the hippies?

  • skinnercitycyclist

    You betcha they do. And at this time of year, they make it into a holiday market at the fairgrounds. “Hippy” is a pretty specific term in Eugene, lots of other longhairs (that’s me!) and tie-dye folks congregate there too…and do not forget the Country Fair!

  • Inlaid

    Looks like Slash to me. There’s the hat and everything. I herby consecrate that tshirt as a holy object of rock.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    So gravity is god?

  • Bob Jase

    I believe in gravity – I see it at work every day and not as paredolia.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Though most instances of pareidolia do seem to involve gravity (birdcrap from the skies, streaming blood, magical tie-dye incidents), so if gravity is god, these are genuine communications from god to man.

  • Bob Jase

    Hence the Intelligent Falling Theory.

  • Rob P

    “but I tell everyone God does the real art work”

    God takes a blurry picture of his Mom.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Something for the refrigerator door, I guess. Except there’s already a picture there formed from a spatter of refried beans of John the Baptist having his toenails clipped by a Linzertorte, or something…

  • Jeff

    I bet all his music, when played backwards, talks about the devil.

  • mikespeir

    Looks to me like Mary needs a shave.

  • CryoFly

    Looks to me like real hard evidence of a miracle. Mr. Symonds ought to look for a couple of more and sent it to Mr. Pope. Chances of becoming Saint Symonds is quite high.

  • A3Kr0n

    Who’s that peeking out above the neck? Could it be….

  • paulalovescats

    How can you tell it’s a woman? It could be Jesus, one of the apostles, a guy with long hair…..oh, never mind. I see them. It’s a woman. But she could use a bra.

  • Jett Perrobone

    Let it be… a good opportunity to make a Beatles parody.

    EDIT: Stupid embedding! Lyrics are below the video.

    To the tune of “Lady Madonna”:

    Lady Madonna, image on my shirtWonder how you come from a big ink squirtWhat is the reason that you show your faceIs it not the reason I’m full of grace?

    Friday night’s tie-dye resembles SaturnSunday’s shirt looks like a hot cross bunMonday’s dyes become a sacred patternSee how they run

    Lady Madonna, by you I am blessedYou must think that I am the very best!

    See how they run

    Lady Madonna, we are so oppressedCurse all of the skeptics at my behest!

    Tuesday afternoon the pattern’s formingWednesday morning’s story’s really spunThursday night the media comes swarmingSee how they run

    Lady Madonna, image on my shirtWonder how you come from a big ink squirt

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  • Camorris

    Excellent – thanks for this.

  • JaniceInToronto

    I can see Sarah Palin clearly. The poor man is just confused.

  • maddogdelta
  • Fentwin

    ““I have a basic idea of what the shirt’s going to look like but I tell everyone God does the real art work because …how the dye runs is up to him and it often makes different images,” Symonds said.”

    I didn’t realize capillary action was quite that immaculate.

  • OhioAtheist

    Little too much peyote, buddy.

  • Richard Wade

    Rorschach t-shirts: Psychoanalyze your friends without their knowing.
    “I see a bug.” “I see two people talking.” “I see a pelvis.” “I see a credulous bumpkin with a serious case of pareidolia.”

    Funny how you never see Joe Klein being a miracle in a t-shirt.

  • Dave

    Doe anyone lose see a women in a black corset with blonde hair, large breasts and her legs open?
    Or is it just me?
    And do I need help?

  • quasibaka

    Nothing a bottle (or two) of vodka won’t cure :)

  • skinnercitycyclist

    And why, exactly, would he want to cure it…?

  • Drakk

    How are you getting blonde from a blue and black shirt…?

  • Camorris

    Now that you suggest it, I can see it too. Holy porn.

  • WMDKitty — Survivor

    And now I can’t unsee it.

  • Cake

    Weird, I see jesus wearing the corset.

  • Bob Jase

    The corset is dark blue o/w you’re fine.

  • Highlander

    Up until this comment I saw a woman wearing nothing but combat boots sitting with her knees pulled up to her chest, but I can see the corset and spread legs too,

  • Bob Jase

    Mary has a nice rack as well as being far-out dude.

  • JoyfulGypsy

    Pass the bong.

  • WMDKitty — Survivor

    *passes the bong*

    Sorry, I was distracted by the tie-dye…

  • Ida Know

    Speaking words of wisdom: “Let it be” “Oh well, beats my last gig on a dog’s ass.”

  • SansDeus

    You’d think the virgin mother would be able to get a better photographer.


  • Matto The Hun

    Fuck it. From now on any time I see a shape that could be thought to look like something I’m going to say it looks like Hitchens.

  • Pitabred

    Not gonna be cynical and claim it looks like some religious icon and sell it? 😉

  • WMDKitty — Survivor


    Pffft. That’s obviously Mephala!

  • Matthew Baker

    Pareidolia knows no bounds. Just once I would like a news outlet to just come out and explain pareidolia to its viewing audience instead of lending credence to these stories. I am going to hazard one of main reason they give any credit to this sort of stuff is because they don’t want to deal with Abe Simpson letters from the credulous among us .

    “Abe Simpson (reading from complaint letter):
    Dear Advertisers, I am disgusted with the way old people are depicted
    on television. We are not all vibrant, fun loving sex maniacs. Many of
    us are bitter, resentful individuals who remember the good old days when
    entertainment was bland and inoffensive. The following is a list of
    words I never want to hear on television again. Number one: bra. Number
    two: horny. Number three: family jewels.”

  • Lulu

    And again, god chooses his almighty powers to influence an image into a tie-dye shirt while millions starve. God does work in mysterious and fucked up ways.

  • Dave Smith

    I see Darth Vader.

  • sara

    I see a Wonder Woman logo. It’s a Christmas miracle!

  • m6wg4bxw

    Imagine a version of the game, Guess Who?, in which all of the faces are examples of Jesus and Mary pareidolia. I’d pay to watch a couple of chronic religious pareidoliacs play it.

  • JeromeMac

    So if someone saw the holy ghost it would just be invisible right? That means the ghost is on everything!!

  • Richard Thomas

    Just gonna leave this here.

  • WMDKitty — Survivor


  • Fromper

    I regret that I have but one like to give for these posts.

  • John Conolley

    It’s Mother Mary, all right. Squatting to take a shit.