what's the big stink about pork magazine?
ok so like what’s the big stink about pork magazine?


long story short:

i had heard of pork magazine via tumblr a year or two ago, namely via some style bloggers who wore pins and cool shit from the mag. i kinda dug the aesthetic, but didn’t really look more into it. i flipped through a few issues i came across in a store but it’s not like i had a subscription or anything.

this changed last summer.

july 2011: pork magazine published some photos of a “cowboys and indians” photoshoot, featuring white folks dressed up as - you guessed it - stereotypical cowboys and indians. worse still, one of the people dressed up as an “indian” is swigging back hard liquor (as if we didn’t have enough bullshit propagating the stereotype of native people = drunks). some people involved in the photoshoot have a pretty big online following more around fat positive politics, so most critical folks involved in that community were totally caught off guard by this blatantly racist photoshoot.

then, the reaction to criticisms and comments saying “hey white folks you might want to think twice before putting on a headdress and playing dressup this way” was even worse than the photoshoot itself, if you can believe it.

fatpeopleofcolor wrote this great rundown of the situation if you want more details and links.

march 2012: made these “pork army” membership cards using nazi imagery. white folks reblog saying “sign me up, mein fuhrer.” haha! so funny, right?

april 2012: people point out that even with all of this behind us, some fat-positive blogs are still celebrating the people who have yet to be held accountable for participating in a racist photoshoot and very publicly aligning themselves with a publication that prides itself on using offensive imagery, racist language, and saying “fuck off” to anyone who disagrees with them.

and that, unfortunately, is why people are still talking about this shit almost a year later.

personally, i have directly contacted the editor of the magazine and some of the people i saw very publicly associating themselves with pork magazine who i had otherwise thought were cool dudes. sean responded quickly and respectfully enough, but we clearly disagree on the basics. i prefer that to the radio silence i got from people who still get lauded as “amazing babes.” there is ZERO accountability here and ZERO reason to support an independent magazine that is completely unapologetic about any criticisms that it uses violent racist imagery and language.

and hey, what a lovely ironic surprise: here, founder of PORK sean aaberg writes about his boner for gavin mcinnes, cofounder of vice, about his love for the t-shirt “the last of the white niggers.”

enough said.

Creator Q + A: Sean Aaberg

Linework NW is at its heart a gathering of remarkable creators, editors, illustrators, cartoonists, and publishers who represent some of the best work that is being produced in these mediums today.
Each day from now until the show we are going to be highlighting the amazing creators of Linework NW in a series of interviews conducted by the awesome folks over at Gridlords. Today’s spotlight takes a look at the work of illustrator, designer, and Pork Magazine impresario Sean Aaberg.

Which Spice Girl are you?

My Punk friends in Baltimore & I had a crew called “Spice Punks” & I was “Goblin Spice.” I collected the Chupa Chups when they were coming out & I wanted to PORK them all at the same time, so to answer your question, I’m Meatloaf.

What kind of process do you adhere to when you make work?

I’m a wizard, so everything I do is imbued with occult ritual & strange preparations. I make my own ink from a mix that includes octopus ink, heroin tar & rat’s blood. I only draw after midnight. And I use a prostitute’s bottom as my drawing board.

How do you feel about backgrounds?

I believe that the devil is in the details & I am of the MAD magazine/Bill Elder Chicken Fat school, so I expect the background to be crammed with funny & strange details & bonus jokes.

What famous artist or historical figure do you often psychically interact with?

Aleister Crowley, Malcolm McLaren, Andy Warhol & Robert Anton Wilson are usually lurking around in my head.

Tell me about the tough comics crew from your town.

We live on the outskirts of the Foster Powell Triangle which contains Tim Root, Tim Goodyear, Bobby Madness, Chris Cilla. Jack Snakebomb, Andrew Scully & myself — it’s insane! It’s the Bermuda Triangle of scumbag cartoonists! I couldn’t be happier!

Is illustration your career?

My life is art & thankfully we don’t have to do anything else these days.

What do you think about fortune telling?

I am a forecaster & I can tell the future — I don’t know if this is because I can rapidly & abstractly read patterns very far into the future or if I am picking up on other sorts of patterns, but I know I’m not the only one.

What is the project in your head that you’d like to make?

Ultimately we’d like to make entire cultural systems that end up on space hulks & then on alien planets. We’ve got a bunch of enormous projects that we’re working towards that include things like shopping malls, integrated systems & even a monastery!

What are you most excited to do at Linework NW?

I am excited to talk people’s ears off about what we’re doing here at PORK/GOBLINKO.

Gridlords Interview by Suzette Smith