Three years ago, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye’s tattooed Louis Vuitton pigs were banned from
SHContemporary, the city’s largest contemporary art fair. This time, he’s at it again, tattooing more odious designs, and on more pigs.
The 46 year old artist, who claims to be a teetotalling vegetarian, has been tattooing live pigs since 1997. He now runs a pig farm in the suburban Yang Town in Beijing’s Shunyi District, where he works with Chinese tattoo artists to ink pigs with an array of designs, from Louis Vuitton logos and Walt Disney cartoon characters to Chinese motifs.
Before each pig is tattooed, it is first
made to sign a model release form, sedated, shaved and applied with Vaseline. The tattoos are then allowed to grow on the pigs for a while before they are sold to “art” collectors from all over the world.
In 2008, we reported that the skins could fetch about 7,500 euros a piece. Today, each canvas can set you back by as much as 1 million RMB (or about 111,000 euros), if reports by Chinese news agencies are to be believed.
Photos from Yahoo China.