vitruvian pig

A Trespass of Swine

the Porkopolis blog

Considerations of humanity and hogritude, because an insufficiency of pigs is one of the great faults of all that the gods have made manifest to man.


What do you see when you look at a pig? A kindred spirit, a creature much like you? And the very next moment, you see a beast, a stranger, just an animal. Now the pig is a fellow creature, like Freddy, Wilbur, Porky or Piglet… And now he’s just a mouthful of ham.

While growth is optional, loss and and change are an inevitable part of life. And bacon, well that is simply a necessity.

The Pig Chef – a smiling swine, mouth a-watering, offering up choice preparations of the flesh of his own kind – is one of the more sinister icons of American signboard art.

Think about this next time the pork is savory and your appetite keen… Human flesh is generally reported by the cannibal to taste quite a bit like pork, so that means that the pork we enjoy so much tastes like we are eating humans.

The necessity of nutrition – pig or man, nothing is more interesting than those things that you eat. But while idealism – perfection, utopia, beauty, etc. – is food for the soul, a different mind-set is required to feed our bodies. Our appetites can have ideals, yes, but compromise, workability, and the pragmatism of necessity often play the major role.

A random image of a pig, hog, boar or swine from the collection at Porkopolis.