pig teeth

Next up in the series, we have middle school Sero with braces. His mom was NOT happy when she saw what he decided to do with his quirk for that year’s photo.

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Skull and key and etc by Kevin O'Mara

Each spring semester the University Library System, in collaboration with Pitt’s Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), award ten students with the Archival Scholars Research Award (ASRA). This semester, seven of those students are working in Special Collections. Each month, we ask the scholars to submit blog posts demonstrating the discoveries they are making. Enjoy!

The Annual Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, broadcasts a call to high school artists nationwide to share the best their congressional districts have to offer. The rules are simple: the works must be two dimensional, be no larger than 28 x 28 inches, weigh less than fifteen pounds, and be original in concept, design, and execution while not violating any copyright laws. When eighteen year old David Pulphus’ painting won first place in Missouri’s First District, it was flown to a gallery at the U.S. Capitol Complex, where an ongoing spat has seen it hung, removed, then rehung a number of times.

The painting is packed with motifs – a black man in sweatpants, a graduation cap, and bold red sneakers hovers, crucified, his arms bearing the scales of justice, occupied with the black and white whorls of yin and yang. The city skyline recedes into prison bars, through which two brown eyes gaze plaintively at the viewer. Placards emblazoned with the phrases “RACISM KILLS” and “HISTORY” call out to the viewer, while a black and white bird fly headlong at each other. The scene ultimately unfolds and opens up towards the viewer, where a black panther stands, face-to-face with the barrel of a gun wielded by a pig in a police uniform.

The depiction of cops as pigs has been traded verbally as well as visually – Cypress Hill’s track, Pigs evokes a cop “…standin’ eatin’ donuts while some motherfucker’s out robbin’ your home.” But perhaps one of the earliest and most widespread depictions of cops as pigs must be attributed to one man: former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas.

July 26, 1969

November 15, 1969

March 7, 1970

Known today for his iconic representation of the struggles of black Americans throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and the subject of several exhibitions within the last decade, Emory Douglas’ style is nothing short of staggeringly incisive. Responsible for much of the artistic production and layout of the Black Panther Paper, a biweekly newspaper circulated worldwide from its headquarters in Oakland, Emory Douglas was the designated artist for many of the back covers of the paper—creating bold illustrations to fill up the entire page, usually accompanied with blocks of bright, fluorescent colors. The illustrations brutally confront the plight black Americans felt living in the 60s and 70s, depicting such subjects as disenfranchised children, decrepit living conditions, and shocking acts of police brutality. Pigs with sharp teeth, adorned with clouds of flies and clad in human clothing frequent these illustrations, usually identified as cops, politicians, fascists and capitalists. In several cases, then-president Richard Nixon is among them, gorging himself on dollar bills, engaging in sexual acts with other members of his inner circle (similarly depicted as pigs), and carrying out orders against the black community, the Panthers, and the Vietnamese—the war was in full swing, and the Black Panther Party threw their ideological support behind Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Cong. 

February 12, 1972

November 15, 1969

With the media’s constant inundation with acts of protest against police brutality, and calls for police surveillance and accountability, it comes as no surprise that Emory Douglas’ art bears a remarkable significance to David Pulphus’ equally controversial painting. While Douglas’ art and ideology are regarded by many today as emblematic of a time of great distress, one from which we have long since departed, the fact remains that the knee-jerk reaction to Pulphus’ pig-police unabashedly proclaims otherwise. The issues and criticisms he raises—at age eighteen, in a high school in Missouri—resonate word for word with those Douglas raised almost four decades ago. Furthermore, judging by the fact that his painting has gone back and forth from on the Congressional wall to out of sight almost four times as of this date, there can be no mistake about declaring how divisive issues of race, police violence, and freedom of expression (artistic or otherwise) are to us even now.

-Raka Sarkar, Archival Scholars Research Awardee ‘17

princess-sith-lord  asked:

I'm considering buying a miniature pig. I have an old pug who is very gentle and docile and I have six chickens enclosed in their own spacious area. Is there anything I can prepare for? I've done extensive research on owning a miniature pig, but also I want to know from a professional like you what to look out for. Thank you so much! 🌸

I’ve worked a fair amount with production pigs, but not with pet pigs (though I’d really like to). I don’t know what you’ve found in you research, so sorry if this is repeat, but I can relay what I do know about pet pigs. The first thing to know is that teacup/mini/micro pigs don’t stay particularly small. Unfortunately breeders often sell animals that they claim will be the size of a toy breed dog, but end up weighing over 100 lbs. Even worse, production pigs are sometimes sold under false pretenses as “teacup pigs”, like Esther. My biggest problem with the pet pig industry is that there is very minimal regulation, and completely varied information about what is or isn’t a mini/micro/teacup pig.

Pigs are very smart and will do what they want to do. They are absolutely trainable, but they need the right motivation or they won’t bother to listen to what you want them to do. They also can become bored quite easily, and when they do, they can be very destructive. Chewing, rooting, and scavenging are natural behaviors for pigs and if they don’t have the opportunity to practice these behaviors in an appropriate manner they will practice them on your couch and carpet. If you don’t want your pig destroying your house, you will need to spend a lot of time setting up suitable housing and providing different kinds of mental stimulation for your piggy. Your yard is also likely to be torn up by a pet pig. In terms of getting along with your dog, it’s impossible to say. Many pet pigs live fine with other animals but every situation is unique. Make sure you do a slow introduction with the animals and make it a positive experience. Another thing about pigs is that they are not quiet! Pigs make many different sounds, including squealing, snorting, and screaming. And it is loud. I have permanent hearing damage from working with production pigs. 

Something really important to consider is whether or not pigs are legal where you live. In many areas, pet pigs are not permitted because they are considered livestock. I would not recommend pet pigs for an apartment. You also need to make sure you find a vet in your area that will see pigs. Pig medicine and behavior is very different from cats and dogs, so a small animal clinic may not see them.

Proper husbandry and nutrition are imperative for pet pigs. Treating them like a cat or a dog will not be sufficient. Many pet pigs are overweight, which is just as problematic for pigs as it is for other overweight pets. This is not healthy, but it is unfortunately what a lot of people think pet pigs should look like. I am not familiar with pet pig husbandry or nutrition beyond the very basics so I don’t want to give you any incorrect information. I’d love to learn though.

In terms of health, pet pigs do have issues to watch out for. Pet pigs that are not spayed or neutered, especially males, can become very unruly and generally don’t make good pets. Production boars also have a very pungent  stench, and I believe intact male pet pigs do as well. Pigs are also sensitive to temperature extremes and sunburn. Providing a mud wallow allows for natural behavior and can help protect them from sunburn. Pigs should be vaccinated for erysipelas and tetanus at the very least. Pet pigs are also susceptible to both external and internal parasites. Apparently it’s also relatively common for pet pigs to get foreign bodies due to their natural scavenging behaviors. Pig hooves will also need trimming and care, especially if they aren’t being worn down on hard surfaces. Pretty much all pigs, production and pet, also get dry, flaky skin and should be cared for with wiping/moisturizing. Pig dentistry is another concern. At least in pot bellied pigs, canine teeth grow continuously and will need to be cut down approximately once per year by your vet because elongated teeth can cause serious pain/discomfort and even prevent a pig from chewing properly. There are a number of other diseases that pet pigs are susceptible to that can be found here. And here are the rest of the Merck resources regarding pot bellied pigs.