Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sadomasochistic Stitches

 Presenting.......Pit Bull advocate and artist Drucilla Pettibone!

Once upon a time, there was a talented, bright, eccentric, lovely and artistic young woman by the name of Jere Alexander.  She has dabbled at being a shelter manager, also in many broad studies in academia, a farmer, a spinner, and an artist.  At some time, she has rechristened herself and adopted a new artistic moniker, Lady Drucilla Pettibone. Very catchy!  She holds "Ragtime sĂ©ances"....she certainly has a flair for spinning ambient names for her sewing circles! 

She's a quite the case study, and I have to admit, I admire her aesthetics and her industry, and I see the glimmer of a talented and brilliant person.   I do not however, admire the fact that she is a pit bull apologist, and find her actions, and some of the symbols she explores to be highly disturbing.

I wonder if this particular art piece was inspired by the "Sweet Pit Bull" that was shot by a police man after sending five children to the emergency room.....
 She wrote in her blog.....

"Hi there pit bull patriarchs,

I've been sorry to hear that some people are upset about my pit bull stitching because they say it glorifies dogfighting. Although it is hard for me to take that critique seriously, I certainly do not want it to be read it that way. For me, embroidering pit bulls does the work of mourning. It's a lot of stitching and I think about each dog and how they may have lived and died. It takes much longer to embroider a dog than it does to euthanize one. And as we know, they are being euth'd by the truckload in the US daily."

A bite is a most basic form of communication. I mean, dogs don't have hands, or English. What are they trying to say? I've seen dogs bite out of love. Extreme love, and the desire to be close, and to play. My dog bite embroidery is a series of linens that have been "altered" by Kaya, the artist, and then embroidered with phrases that I think she might be feeling while she's shredding my linens. 

Ah yes, the dogman's romance.  I wonder if she has rendered any doggie trysts of a Chihuahua and a German Shepherd on a doily, now wouldn't that be something to see!

This is possibly the dog.

Read more about this piece here.

After her animal control fiasco, Jere applied for a grant for her "Stitch 'Er Up: Dogfighting Embroidery" collection, which it appears she's a winner!

Here is a collection of more of her work.  She's an artist from the Andres Serrano and  Robert Mapplethorpe school, savvy to know what will set you apart from other artists is controversy and obscene subject matter.  Juxtapose a vintage doily with some dog fighting images, and you have the folk-art equivalent of a plastic crucifix submerged in a bottle of the artist's urine.   I quite frankly think this is desecration of our heritage, these lovely pieces created of the precious idle time by housewives of a by-gone age deserve more respect.

She claims that pit bulls are her favorite breed, but it appears she has recently upgraded to what appears to be a Wolf-Hybrid puppy.  Apparently, pit bulls do not have fur suitable for spinning into yarn. 

She wrote in her blog that she was inspired by a song  by Papa Roach, and she has in turned inspired me.  She has become my nutter goddess muse.

I tear my heart open
I sew myself shut
My weakness is
That I care too much.

and the Scars remind us
that the past is Real
I tear my heart open
just to feel.

I'm so inspired, I've decided to create some  art of my own!  This is a series based on her own work and inspiration......."Embroidered by pit bulls"

Raul Carrizales


Amanda Hess and Marie-Helene Tokar
From the Funeral of John Paul Massey

Let me adapt her own thoughts into a  refrain:

For me, embroidering pit bull VICTIMS  does the work of mourning. It's a lot of stitching and I think about each dog-bite victim and how they may have lived and died. . It takes much longer to embroider a dog-bite victim  than it does to euthanize the dog that did the deed.  And as we know, they are being euth'd by the truckload in the US daily. And as we know, there are new pit bull victims daily.

A little stitch witchery superimposed on a found piece.  Is it ART?

 Read more about her, this woman fascinates me!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pit Bulls, and Alligators and Drugs, OH MY!

Those daredevils of the world,  it would be enough if only they could only put themselves at risk.  I see little daredevils daily doing amazing things on their skateboards.  For most, this is the sort of sufficient thrill, nothing more audacious to be entertained...that they could jump out of planes, take up the tight-rope, scale Everest, or attempt a jump over a canyon with a motorcycle, like Evel Knievel.  There are just the sort however, that something isn't fun unless it is death defying.  I'm sure there would be no circus if this were the case!

For some people,  a mere pit bull isn't enough.  They need a Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, or a Wolf.  For people that this won't do, they get a wild animal, and as far as I know in most places,they need a special permit to do this.  We sigh,  good thing T-Rex is extinct.  I always wonder why Animal Planet doesn't do an episode of Fatal Attractions featuring  pit bull owners. In this program, they explore the psychology of people who are attracted to keeping dangerous animals as pets.  Then again, Pit Bulls and Parolees is just that....watching a woman with a fatal attraction to all things deviant and dangerous.

The producers have a warning.....

"So, you want a perilous pet with the power to kill? If you're like most people, chances are you don't. Yet, thousands of animal lovers in the United States make the decision to purchase pet tigers, chimpanzees, crocodiles and other dangerous animals each and every year. There are countless reasons to not even consider owning one of these wild animals. Choose a "pet" below and find out why exotic pet ownership is anything but a good idea. Animal Planet in no way endorses owning a pet bison, chimp, crocodile, python or tiger."

So expect more of pit bulls, alligators (bison, tigers, monitor lizards, chimps, amd bears oh my!) and drugs, as the new millennium's peanut butter-and jelly.  Every pit bull advocate adores them and quotes them, and are inspired by them.  Then contemplate the fact how reputable must the source  be that also airs two shows that feature pit bulls; Pit Bulls and Parolees, and Pit Boss....and also airs a program about Big Foot and Hillbilly Handfishing.  This is why I no longer watch T.V. and find it more fun to hide in the bushes, and do a bit of arm-chair anthropological study of the nutter tribe on social media. It's kind of like good old fashioned National Geographic before they also went the way of Animal Planet.

This is
fun, check this out! Be sure to take the "So you want a pet crocodile", overviewed here since it is the animal that most closely resembles an alligator.

Fatal Attractions Quizzes

 Here are some facts about Crocodiles, 
let's compare them to pit bulls!

1. The factoid says that crocodiles were worshiped in Ancient Egypt.  

We see evidence of pit bull worship in contemporary U.S.A., likely elsewhere, there is even a church called Process Church of the Final Judgement  where they are devoutly worshiped because they are the cash cow.  There is also Set Free Soldiers, who are "not into poodles or none of that stuff",

"Pit bulls. It's a lifestyle" sayeth Tyson Kilmer. 

"Daddy was my Buddha and my *Ghouda."

My favorite scripture from the Dog Whisper(er).

*  a kind of cheese


A crocodile's aggressive tendencies can not be reduced or controlled.

Seems to be the case with pit bulls. They were bred for aggressive tendencies through
 selective breeding.

2.  A crocodile's temperament is both deceptive and hostile.

 Pit bulls have been known to be deceptive, but when they are "hostile", 
it's fun for them.

3. Over the past hundred years, there have only been a handful of attacks (by crocodiles) 

on humans. The Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine published in 2005,
 that there have been an estimated 376 crocodile attacks from 1945- 2004, 
an average of  5-7 annually.

In the period 1984-2011 in the U. S. A. and Canada, there have been
 2,394 serious attacks by pit bulls. (It said attack, not fatalities, 245 of these were deaths).

4. Crocodiles do not only attack when the are hungry, 

but also for protecting their young or territory.... 

Same with pit bulls, but add that pit bulls do it for the joy of it, not survival. 

5. If a crocodile attacks you, you won't see it coming....

Same with pit bulls, and this may be their owner who will not see it coming.

5. Since crocodiles have such short legs, it's easy to wrestle one...

 Pit Bulls weighing less than 65 pounds have killed full grown, 
adult men in their prime of life.

6. It takes practically no time for a crocodile to attack from the water...

 Once upon a time, there was a pit bull named Puddles....

7. Crocodiles swim faster than people....

 Pit bulls can run faster, and kill or maim like a crocodile. They have caused wounds
 the likes of which are usually only found on the battle field, often compared to 
shark attacks.  The severity of the wounds caused have actually promoted new procedures.  

Yet, beautiful alligators, who have been on this planet long before there were such things
 as humans, dogs, or even mammals,  are being persecuted wrongly for the actions of
 blatant negligence of pit bull owners, who obviously were allowing their pit bulls off
leash. This is blatant speciesism

Fish and Game will come to avenge the deaths of dogs by wildlife, but alas, if a pit bull comes after your pets or livestock, their domesticated animal enforcement equal,  will likely give no consequences to the dangerous dog, their owner, and in fact may give them two more chances to do it again. The Animal Control Genie usually grants three blood
lettings for Pibbles.  I think that Southern Florida sounds like a great place, where there
is a pit bull ban in Maimi-Dade County (thanks to the overwhelming public support of the continuance of this ordinance)....and if there are loose pit bulls, the alligators may
 end up doing the great task of keeping the place free of errant pit bulls....OH MY!

Tiger the  Pit Bull is attacked by an alligator. His owner says there should be more warnings about alligators.  I say we need as many warnings about errant pit bulls.

One hundred pound pit bull, killed by alligator.  Usually, pit bull advocates insist that pit bulls are not that big, so this dog must have been another breed. This owner now knows how it feels to have your dog killed, and there is no one responsible for the death of his dog.  The owner thinks there should be a fence to keep the alligators at bay.  It may help with errant pit bulls too.

When you need to upgrade to an alligator to protect your stash...

Pit Bulls engage in breed-specific natural selection for dinner. Turns out, pit bulls are tastier than Golden Retrievers. It's the cheek meat, best part.  This is why fish is often  served with its head. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Amazing Shapeshifters

Witness how, with the mere stroke of a pen or because the "say so" of an "expert", 
a pit bull can POOF 
become a Lab mix, a Shepherd, a.......

"Australian Cattle Dog/Lab Mix
"How to make the number of "Pit Bull Attacks" go down like magic!
Adopt  Tilly Tangerine, the amazing Shapeshifter!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Three Ring Circus

In ring one, we have two clowns dodging doo doo in their lovely back yard garden, with their two trained pit bulls.  These are very well trained pit bulls, notice how they are able to be contained within a 3' fence. Bonus, burlesque dance included!

In Ring Two, we have  a Pas de Duex between a plucky pit terrier and a plucky terrier mule.

And in ring three, we have the world famous lion tamer, Cesar Milan and a pit bull belonging to a sensitive new age couple from San Francisco. 


Nanny Shark!

Dum Dum Dum Dum....


Note: This item was something found, it does not entirely reflect the position of the author, rather pointing that humor is how many people are dealing with the terror that mismanaged pit bulls have blighted our neighborhoods and countrysides.  Landsharks is one of the endearing names pit bulls have earned for themselves, not that they care.   In this respect, and only in this respect, they are dogs.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Pit Bull Art

Charming and Ironic Costumes for Pit bulls

Wanna KISS?

Knights in Satan's Service, that is...

Pit bulls were very likely the model for Gargoyles, even without wings, they are terrifying!
The COP should be a GERMAN SHEPHERD!

Hopefully, there will never come a time 
when the costume chosen for the child is ironic....




Come back, yah hear!

Poppin' Fresh Pit Bull


If this were my dog, I would call it Jabba 
and watch it crawl to me....

Dopplegangers in every aspect!

This is dedicated to Craven Desires, 
who adores this fine example of 
American Bully Beauty.