May 15, 2016 by: Ben Heimsath

The idea of using a car for advertising isn’t new, even advertising one’s faith isn’t new. The fish symbol has been quite popular, as have various window decals with crosses.  But I’m noticing the number of ways people are transforming their cars with more than bumper stickers.

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Earlier in the week, I pulled up behind this car with window, trunk, and bumper sayings. We were at a stoplight, so I could grab my phone and not worry about Austin’s ban on hand-held devices. The trunk decal announces: “God’s gift is eternal life through Jesus.” The bumper sticker: “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” I passed the car, without holding my phone (so no photos). On the door the driver proudly announced he was a pastor and added the name of his church.

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I’ve also begun seeing cars as memorials to loved-ones. I photographed this van two years ago in a garage in San Antonio. Hesiquio De Los Santos may have passed away several years before, but his family keeps his memory rolling on.

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