In the early works, the imagery was as banal and trivial as possible: skulls, hearts, crosses. It was an encyclopedia of trivial things. I wasn't really interested in the pig's anatomy. But once I started tattooing live pigs, I was forced to take an interest in their anatomy, and that affected the composition. I gained new respect for the animals and began making tattoos for them.
Wim Delvoye quoted in "Bringing Home The Bacon," Art Asia Pacific, No. 55, September-October, 2007, p. 154-159.