Speaking about how the idea for the shirt came about, he said:
“It started off as, rather than a Satanic thing, it was more anarchic. It was, I guess, in response to growing up with a predominantly Christian background. It was never too bad for me, but I know for a lot of people, it was very stifling — people forced to go to communion and church.
“Obviously, it was worse for a lot of people in America, especially the Bible Belt. Yeah, it was an anarchic statement more than Satanic. And when we came up with it, we were laughing our asses off — we thought it was hilarious, and I think it still is hilarious… That shirt is 30 years old, and I think it’s just grown in popularity.”
Attempting to explain the T-shirt’s appeal, Dani said:
“I think people like being scared. But for people who don’t understand the band, I don’t want them thinking that we’re just a shock-rock band, ’cause that’s far from the truth. I think, obviously, the ‘Jesus’ shirt has overshadowed everything merchandise-wise, just because by nature of people’s reaction to it and the sensitivity to the wording. But for one of those shirts, there’s a dozen other shirts that are very classically minded in art form.”