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.


Discussions on the symbolic and literal use of pigs in areas such as fashion, ornamentation and utilitarian objects, as well as design, art, advertising and fashion.

The surname Porco

‘Tis said of old that the surname “Porco” and its variations, which means “pig” in modern Italian, was not derived from an occupational name. Rather, this surname was adopted by some who belonged to a fervent apostolic sect…

Hope, faith and pig banks

As a child’s gift, a pig bank is not an intrinsic teacher. We can not hope the gift alone will instill the will to save. The days enticements can out weigh faith in any teasing future. Devious daily distractions await adult savers, too. Their pig banks readily transform, almost unnoticed, into many unintended designs. Perhaps we are all somewhat lacking in thrift.

The Pig of Knowledge or Learned Pig

The Expositor; or Many Mysteries Unravelled by Wm F. Pinchbeck was one of the first works on magic published in the United States. Published in 1805, it was the first book length expose of conjuring tricks written by a professional magician. It provided readers with explanations and printed instructions for the creation and performance of many marvels including how to create a Learned Pig.

piggy bank asset recovery

Piggy banks have a powerful force that holds our financial assets tightly to their hearts. The smiling little pig banks look at us as if saying, “do you really want to do this?” when we approach them for some legal tenderness.

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