Catholic Kitsch Contest…

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

Voting has begun in 2 categories; Someone’s going to hell for that and I’d buy that for a buck.

*I started out with 3 categories but it was too much damn effort. Deal.

Steve R.
#1 Lourdes Bead Bag

Steve R.
#2 Turn Jesus On Light Switch

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#3 Jesus is My Coach

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#4 Deluxe Jesus

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#5 Hippy Nun

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#6 Jesus Ashtray

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#7 Canine Nativity Set

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#8 Santa Baby

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#9 Magic 8 Ball Jesus

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#10 Jesus is Watching

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#11 Lord’s Prayer Singing Alarm Clock

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#12 Purification Scented Air Freshener

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#13 Unicorns at Lourdes

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#14 Holy Toast

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#15 Soft Saints

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#16 Holy Family Bean Bag Toss

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#17 Last Supper Lunchbox

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#18 Benedict Brew

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#19 Pope on a Rope

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#20 Pope’s Cologne

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#21 Bobblehead Benedict

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#22 Last Supper After Dinner Mints

Angela Messenger
#23 The Gospel in a Nutshell

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#24 Jesus Cigarette Case

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#25 Don’t Make Me Come Off This Cross!

Angela Messenger
#26 Je-Sus!

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#27 St. Francis Dog Bandanna

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#28 Glow in the Dark Holy Water Bottles

Leo @ Far Sighted Blog
#29 Pope JPII Music/Rosary Box

Roman Sacristan
#30 Innocent III Action Figure

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#31 Chinese Take Out Last Supper

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#32 Homeboy Jesus Poster

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#33 Honk Bumper Sticker

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#34 Jasmine Scented Angel Snot

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#35 Jesus Band Aides with TOY INSIDE!

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#36 Jesus Pencil Toppers

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#37 Mother Teresa Breath Spray

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#38 Nun Chucks

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#39 Follow Jesus Flip Flops

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#40 Lookin’ Good for Jesus

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#41 Patron Saint of Parking

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#42 Benedict Poopin. I can’t explain it. See this post.

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#43 Gumball Machine Saints

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#44 St. Sebastian Pin Cushion

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#45 Mary Saves! USB Stick

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#46 Astronaut Jesus

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#47 Sacred heart Appetizer

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#48 Pope’s Posse Pillow

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#49 Framed Crown of Thorns

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17877449375576975508 Sarah – Kala

    That lightswitch panel is soooo wrong!! In a funny way, but wrong!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03695983747601536978 AlephGamma

    Sometimes I wish I could drive over to my parents and take pictures – the God’s corner specifically. To this day I don’t know what Buddha is doing there.BTW, the lightswitch could be considered so rong.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09819523933502820341 Terry Nelson

    Yeah. The light switch.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13388784325608457371 Thom, SFO

    The light switch? Obscene. Truly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02625254563179477639 Karyn Anne

    i am sorry, but i cannot see what’s wrong with the lightswtich. I nominate Jesus is my Coach though! Just downright tacky…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    I suspect the contest can stop now, for I don’t know how anything can top the light switch.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02625254563179477639 Karyn Anne

    ARGH…i get it, i get it…I will be thinking about this at Mass tmr.. ARGH.disgusting. The contest may stop now, i believe =p

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13201920550959255201 Tim

    Oh ye of little faith! The competition has not yet begun! The light switch is only the tip (so to speak) of the iceberg! I present for consideration the Jesus Hates It When You Smoke Ashtray.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    Tim–I stand corrected. Yes, the ashtray offers hope to a kitsched world.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06710927638399318664 A Simple Sinner

    To Donna & Tim BOTH:Pah! This competition has STILL not yet started! Until this genuine Dog Nativity Set (A steal at just $14.99 + S&H;!) is included, this contest can’t even be said to be half-way serious!http://www.collectionsetc.com/Item81134.aspx

  • steve

    Is this considered kitsch?http://tinyurl.com/4wl6x5

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    May I offer for your keen discernment: Santa Kneeling By Baby Jesus Outdoor Statuehttp://www.discountcatholicstore.com/santa_and_baby_jesus.htm

  • steve
  • steve

    How about a Lord’s Prayer singing alarm clock?http://www.mcphee.com/items/M6072.htmlor a miracle eyes Jesus?http://www.mcphee.com/items/10859.htmlor a Jesus air freshener?http://www.mcphee.com/items/11343.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    Donna, can you repost the link of the santa statue. Use tinyurl.com. Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    Here’s the tiny for the santa statue:http://tinyurl.com/dwfqn

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06975120700184179765 eulogos

    One of my favorite lines from Gerard Manley Hopkins: (from a letter to his father) “One is always finding bad taste in the accesories of Catholicism.” I think the whole quote is “I am surprised you should say I do this because of fancy and aesthetic tastes; these would be better satisfied in Anglicanism. One is always finding bad taste in the accessories of Catholicism.” Susan Peterson

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05765959701992923298 Jeffrey Smith

    I don’t know. I think the Santa Claus is rather cute.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04107504165449607702 Mary Rose

    I want the 8-Ball Jesus. Sure would make life easier…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01016763543666450600 Kit

    Yikes. Lightswitch for sure. (Shudder!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13201920550959255201 Tim

    Who you callin’ soft!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    How about an “Optical Illusion Jesus Cigarette Case?” Just think, you can use these smokes in Tim’s “Jesus Hates You When You Smoke ashtray:http://tinyurl.com/532pq7

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03118261227449305868 Roman Sacristan

    So what angle are we taking on this? Are we voting for the most tacky one, or the coolest one, or what?Tackiest has to be that light-switch.Coolest has to be the Benedict brew

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13201920550959255201 Tim

    I was thinking we need some categories for the voting!Some suggestions for categories:- I’d buy that for a dollar.- Somebody’s going to Hell for that.- Most heretical tchotchke.- Most likely to induce diabetic shock.I’m sure we can come up with a few more!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11732856381323520913 Pax&Bonum

    For the moralists who see something evilly obscene in “light switch Jesus”, I would point out he is clearly modeled as standing behind the switchplate, reaching over it with his loving arms. Well, maybe they should only sell this item for the more modern “Decora” style switches… would that help?My vote for max tacky is “Deluxe Miracle Jesus”, with its modest yet exciting claim, “FEEDS 5000 WITH 5 LOAVES & 2 FISH!”… and presumably gets ‘em drunk by turning water into wine in the two bonus amphorae. What’s not to like??

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    I absolutely _luv_ Tim’s categories, especially the first two. Great work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    Tim, noted! I will add those categories and any more you can think of.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12695652221601203187 Fr. Daren J. Zehnle
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    I just now showed my sweet little 80-year old Mama the light switch, and she started to laugh and said, “You reckon anybody else has thought of that?” I said, “Mama, I think so.” Then I said, “Suffer not the little children to come to me,” and she told me I am bad. Can you believe it?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17877449375576975508 Sarah – Kala

    A site called office playground has racing nuns, Nunzilla (wind up nun with sparks flying from her mouth), and nun chucks (a “gun” that launches tiny plastic nuns).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00674331788317810338 Chris

    finally! An election I’m actually looking forward to!!! :DSo much tackiness…so little time…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    Journey… that’s not kitsch, that freakin’ awesome. I got the Nunzilla on my PC right now! Once, some missionaries of charity came by and the 2 sisters were fighting over who got to play with it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17302115230155469771 The Buffalo
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17877449375576975508 Sarah – Kala

    CC: I have the nunzilla, too! It’s awesome! I also have the boxing nun (take her habit off and she looks like Judge Judy).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09356738924839809045 Andrew

    I nominate this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11553189251750677842 Ellyn

    I’m not sure I want to tell how many of the items I own.Has anyone yet mentioned the fifty cent vending machine santos:http://blog.beliefnet.com/idolchatter/2008/01/gumball-machines-that-dispense.htmlThey're really quite high quality – considering the low price. (JP II bears a strong resemblance the real guy!) Of course my family had to buy them all for me – which means we have a few duplicates. St. Jude is on top of my monitor at work – and for good reason!

  • steve

    When this contest started, I found thongs with the Blessed Virgin Mary’s image on them. I can not bring myself to nominate them but they would certainly belong in the ‘Somebody’s going to Hell for that’ category

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11732856381323520913 Pax&Bonum

    I’ve changed my vote. Now I’m torn between “Next to the Last Supper”, “Last Supper After Dinner Mints”, and “Angel Snot”. Thank God my vulgarian tastes lie in the relatively benign direction of mere tackiness and vulgarity, rather than outright blasphemy and/or heresy. Actually, most entries so far are fairly orthodox, albeit in varying degrees of bad taste.I like Steve V-Bs category suggestion, “Someone’s Going To Hell For That”. His Mary-on-a-thong is probably tied with Andrew’s Pooping Pope for winner in that one, so far…Can a Yiddish linguist give us a good explanation of the exact distinction between “kitsch” and “dreck”?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09649237173680633611 Charles Culbreth

    Thank you PB, for the nod towards my modest entries, Chinese Last Supper, mints and Angel Snot. The bandaids were mine as well. CC left out another fav I submitted-Instant Believe in God Mouth Spray, but the Mother Theresa spray I sent is actually much more dramatic, but close to “go to hell” stuff. Especially as I’m winding thru “Come Be My Light” currently.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06710927638399318664 A Simple Sinner

    “Can a Yiddish linguist give us a good explanation of the exact distinction between “kitsch” and “dreck”? ““kitsch” means “tacky” or “tasteless” art or product.”dreck” = (very bluntly) “shit”

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217936266957675449 Donna

    These kitschy/drecky distinctions are interesting. I think of kitsch has having an innocence about it. For instance, I think the light switch, the dog nativity set, the Lourdes purse, Jesus Is My Coach, and the Santa kneeling to Baby Jesus as kitsch because they were made in all sincerity, with no awareness that they are artless schlock. However, some of the items are the result of conscious attempts to make kitsch–such as the Angel Snot, Mother Teresa item, the Jesus Action Figure, Jesus Hates It When You Smoke ashtray, Nunchucks, and Holy Toast item. Even though we are calling these items kitsch, I think they don’t have the innocence of purist kitsch. Okay, maybe I’m now coming up with categories–pure kitsch and try-so-hard-to-be kitsch. What do you think?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06710927638399318664 A Simple Sinner

    “Okay, maybe I’m now coming up with categories–pure kitsch and try-so-hard-to-be kitsch.”Personally I think that is a totally valid point… To be true kitsch, an item has to pass the “Would the crazy old lady who loves tacky Christmas sweaters and Jesus want this in her home?” test.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04107504165449607702 Mary Rose

    I actually like the Pope rosary/music box. Now if it played the Darth Vader theme song, it would really be cool.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    “CC left out another fav I submitted-Instant Believe in God Mouth Spray”I don’t remember seeing this. If you send it again I’ll make sure it gets added to the list. I don’t weekend blog, so I got about another 20+ entries to sift though & post today.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    Donna & Simple Sinner…. kitsch elitest snobs. ;-P

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00674331788317810338 Chris

    Sister Mary Martha happens to have something kitschy on her blog today, I see! :Dwww.asksistermarymartha.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11822769747947139669 liturgy

    How do I add this image to the list of possibles for voting?http://www.liturgy.co.nz/worship/matters_files/heart20080605.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11822769747947139669 liturgy

    Ummm – I’m not sure that came through:I’ll try it differently: Sacred Heart appetizer

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13201920550959255201 Tim

    Hey, I just remembered, I think I’m a creator of Catholic kitsch! Although I like to think of it as more like Catholic hipster fashion, but you be the judge.The Pope’s Posse

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03293284663334506224 Cookie

    I’m ashamed to admit that I own this t-shirt… but to be fair, I got it when I was still Protestant. Barely.http://www.thunderstruck.org/graphics/marry-sshirt.jpg

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17382837693414491679 Roses and Jessamine
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03118261227449305868 Roman Sacristan

    One question I have is: should things that are not more explicitly Catholic really be nominated?Papal things, or nun chucks, etc seem more Catholic kitchy, but things like the “Follow Jesus flip-flops” are probably found on more Protestants than Catholics.Just my 2 cents.Maybe separate categories? Catholic vs. generically Christian?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    I thought about that, Roman, but I can’t hold it against Jesus and His kitsch bc prots happen to be tacky too. ;-P

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03118261227449305868 Roman Sacristan

    LOL! Point taken.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17382837693414491679 Roses and Jessamine
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1554330059 Rae Marie

    I laughed so loud at many of these!


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