Friday, 10 February 2017

Tattooing Pigs

As discussed before on this blog, the world is full of strangeness. For instance there is a Dutch artist, Wim Delvoye, who is famous for his work of tattooing pigs. Both alive and dead ones.

Three Little Painted Piggies ....

Who would have thought that the cr*p that started with the Turner prize giving awards to artists for such work as Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' (which was short listed), and the Saatchi brothers buying that same rubbish for vastly inflated sums (£150,000 ..... it last sold for a little over £2.5 million), would end up with a tattooist/artist using pig flesh as his canvas?

My Bed - Worth 2.5 Million Pounds To Someone?

I know that some critics like to think that arts purpose is to 'shock' (or even offend), and thus get people to 'think', but in many regards that's a very recent affectation, and frankly unproven as being the truth. The fact that the cleaners often 'tidy up' so called installation art in some museums and galleries, just shows you how divorced some of the critics are from what ordinary people recognise as 'art'.

So now we have an artist, pedalling his works on live or dead pigs (you can only get the live pigs skinned after they have died of an natural old age ..... which can be between 15 and 20 years). Of course he has now gone one step further and is using human flesh canvases .... he even 'exhibits' the work, by having his human model sit for hours in museums or galleries.

Believe it or not you will get the artwork after the natural death of the human(s) who are acting as the canvass. Yes their corpses will be flayed, and the artwork cured and framed for you. Apparently no concerns of good taste here, or even the echoes of the flaying of prisoners in the not so distant past.

As I said, the world is full of strangeness .... this is definitely one of them.


  1. I think that if some "art" can be mistaken for rubbish and accidentally cleaned up, then it's not art - that's a good test that should be applied to exhibits before subjecting the public to it.

    1. Can't argue with that. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I suspect that most tattooists have tattooed pigs. They just walked on two legs HAHA!

    1. Ha Ha .... funny cos its true. Thanks for the comment.


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