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I removed the Luther tattoo I put on yesterday, reworking it completely, and I’m far more satisfied with the results now. I also cleaned up some irritating details: a missing finger here, and poorly executed axe head there. I added a cut on the Centurian’s naked left breast, and a small tattoo on a guy’s neck.

I’m planning to send the painting on a tour of progressive Lutheran Churches in California in Easter of 2009. I think it’s ironic that mainstream churches won’t touch it because of the nude Christ and thieves, yet this is directly out of the biblical account. I haven’t worked out the details yet, but I’m thinking that it will go to a different church each week.

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