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If you read the article, the tattoo-ing was not the cruel part of this photo.  They tied the pigs down so they couldn't move.

10 Controversial Works of Art Using Live Animals

If you read the article, the tattoo-ing was not the cruel part of this photo. They tied the pigs down so they couldn't move.

Wim Delvoye is not merely an artist – he’s a provocateur. An enfant terrible of the contemporary art world, Delvoye’s work is often designed to shock, appall, and provoke. The Belgian artist regularly pushes the boundaries of his craft, forcing audiences to question his ethics – not to mention how we should be defining ‘art.’ In 1997, Delvoye began tattooing live pigs in Europe – a practice which was, unsurprisingly, met with widespread criticism from animal rights activists.

Wim Delvoye: Tattooing Pigs For The Art Of Provocation

Wim Delvoye is not merely an artist – he’s a provocateur. An enfant terrible of the contemporary art world, Delvoye’s work is often designed to shock, appall, and provoke. The Belgian artist regularly pushes the boundaries of his craft, forcing audiences to question his ethics – not to mention how we should be defining ‘art.’ In 1997, Delvoye began tattooing live pigs in Europe – a practice which was, unsurprisingly, met with widespread criticism from animal rights activists.

Les cochons tatous (The tattooed pigs) by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye

The week in pictures: 12 February 2010

Let Belgian ‘artist’ Wim Delvoye know that tattooing pigs is not art! What a stupid, sick *uck! YouSignAnimals.org

Let Belgian ‘artist’ Wim Delvoye know that tattooing pigs is not art! What a stupid, sick *uck! YouSignAnimals.org

Two piglets at the farm already look the part after Wim Delvoye has applied his artistic touches

Inky and perky: But poor tattooed pigs have animal rights campaigners sizzling in anger

Two piglets at the farm already look the part after Wim Delvoye has applied his artistic touches

Tattooed pigs I guess when you run out of space on your own skin? is this cruelty to animals?

10 Craziest New Types of Tattoos

Tattooed pigs I guess when you run out of space on your own skin? is this cruelty to animals?

Wim Delvoye has been tattooing pigs since the 1990s. In the early 21st century a tattooed pigs project was set up in the Art Farm in China, where there are fewer strictures regarding animal welfare than in most parts of the Western world. This truly is sickening and upsets me beyond words.

Wim Delvoye has been tattooing pigs since the 1990s. In the early 21st century a tattooed pigs project was set up in the Art Farm in China, where there are fewer strictures regarding animal welfare than in most parts of the Western world. This truly is sickening and upsets me beyond words.

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