Wim Delvoye began tattooing live pigs(whilst anesthetized) in 1997 in the US, before doing it in China from 2004 to 2008, where animal welfare laws are more lax. The unusual mixture of tattoos includes Disney princesses, patterns found on Russian prison inmates and even a Louis Vuitton logo. But animal rights campaigners complained that the pigs were suffering unnecessarily and being abused for improper commercial profit. The animals' skins were sold for up to £55,000 a piece, with one canvas featuring Disney characters sold to Chanel and made into two bags. Since these photographs were taken, Mr Delvoye, 49, has worked on other projects including marble replicas of twisted Gothic-style towers. And he even tattooed a man’s back before selling it as art - with the collector bizarrely able to keep the person’s skin when he dies.