The Church of Tina Chopp: The “Truth” Behind the Legend

Just got a reply on a post I made last spring, “The Church of Tina Chopp,” which purports to tell the “real story” behind the infamous graffiti episode of the 80s, where one could find the words “Tina Chopp is God!” scrawled anywhere and everywhere in Bellingham, and (according to the comment) all the way to San Francisco*

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*Where Larry spent a year in outer space, with a sweet little San Franciscan girl


Author: Stink

Former jet-fighter jock, currently an eccentric philanthropist and international playboy, Stinkfinger is devoted to juxtaposing the sacred and the profane to both baffle and entertain you, and possibly to save Western civilization from utter dissolution. Stinkfinger neither engages in nor understands the practice of “felching.”

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  1. Best location for “Tina Chopp is God” graffiti in Seattle was underneath 520, and only visible if you were kayaking and canoeing under the bridge. This was in 1985.

  2. Tina Chopp was a very popular, pretty girl that went to Western. One day a guy asked her out, and she said something like “No, you are not good enough for me.” The guy got really mad and went around writing “Tina Chopp is god, praise her or die!” All around WWU. That is where it all comes from.

  3. Good to hear it still gets scrawled on campus now and then. Osirus Ranebow, the church co-founder, would have been proud.

  4. I remember this from the 1988-1993 time period when I was at Western. Just visited last month and it was newly scrawled on a sculpture.

  5. I remember seeing TINA CHOPP IS GOD all over Bellingham in the 80’s and never knew what the heck it was all about, but it was everywhere!! I remember seeing it chalked on some of the sculptures at WWU.

  6. I remember seeing this grafitti at the Up and Up Tavern, famous at the time for $1 pitchers. I recall the bartender had one good arm but no good social skills, other than he could keep the beer going. Also Fast Eddies had this same graffiti.

  7. Thanks for posting this. I was beginning to think that A.Roeder and I were the only people in Bellingham who remembered that TINA CHOPP IS GOD. To clarify; I don’t believe in God, but definitely have faith in good graffiti.

  8. Very interesting. I like stories like that.

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