Pin It


Books and Bibles that go Bang Bang! Bookguns by artist Robert The.

NOTE: You are on an old site. Find this and all new posts here

Artist Robert The has been turning the printed word into facsimiles of weapons since 1995. His choice of books have purposefully ironic titles or subject matter when handcarved into the shape of handguns.

The Medium Is The Message:

Poetic Justice:

Psychotherapy With Adolescent Girls:

Young Students:

He states "Obsession with the semiotic erosion of meaning and reality led me to create objects that evangelize their own relevance by a direct fusion of word and form. Books (many culled from dumpsters and thrift store bins) are lovingly vandalized back to life so they can assert themselves against the culture which turned them into debris." - Robert The, 1995

In addition to taking well known novels such as J.D. Salinger's Catcher In the Rye (above) and academic texts and turning them into pistols made of pages, Robert has a series of bibles he's turned into different weapons as well.

Undoubtedly his turning bibles into guns and grenades will get most people up in arms, so to speak, but that's kind of the point.

above: various versions of the new testament carved into handguns by Robert The

Thanks to GizFactory via Toxel for bringing these to my attention.


C'mon people, it's only a dollar.

Creative Commons License The images, text and information by laura sweet on this site are licensed and protected under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. If you reproduce or re-purpose, be sure to credit this blog and link back to the post. Thanks.