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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.


The truffle is a nut of the earth, found for humans by pigs. In their hot and drowsy world of co-existence, both these creatures find these musky tubers something savory and mysterious…

Cincinnatians may not all want to admit it, but the town will always be Pigcity – a reference to the time during the early to mid-19th century when Cincinnati was known as Porkopolis.

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.

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