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White Tiger: Not Just Another Pretty Face by MidnightTiger8140 White Tiger: Not Just Another Pretty Face by MidnightTiger8140
Original artist's statement that accompanied this:
"Around the world, life is vanishing at an alarming rate. Every day about 150 species become extinct, many of which are never discovered by humans. Why are so many wondrous beings disappearing?
Because we keep destroying their homes by polluting the air we breathe, contaminating the water we drink, and obliterating forests for land and wood.
Because we kill animals for their fur, teeth, claws, and organs.
Because we kill wildlife to keep them off “our” land, when it’s really our own fault for diminishing their habitats and natural food supply.
Because sometimes we forget that animals are living creatures that also deserve the same respect, resources, and space as we do.
Tigers may be the largest feline species in the world, but they too are victims. There are only about 5000 to 7400 tigers remaining in the wild. Within the past 70 years, three tiger subspecies have already become extinct. You can see sketches and photographs of the extinct species online and in books, but nothing can ever replace the mystery and wonder of the real animal. All that remains of a species wiped out of existence are shadows of memory. Even the best photographs are merely pictures, ghosts of lost lives. The animals become simply pretty faces, and nothing more.
Please, let us stop destroying the Earth and the unique life that inhabits it.
Please, before she becomes just another pretty face."

I made this back in 2010-11 as a piece for the Creative ReUse Showcase in my senior year of high school. It received first place in its category, "True Trash."

Materials:
The tiger is painted in acrylics on a discarded pizza box. The painting is mounted using painted bottle caps and copper wire on a used air filter with a grid-like pattern of dust if seen in the right lighting, all of which is attached to a broken screen window.
No glue used at all.

I couldn't really get the screen window and the copper wire embellishments in the image clearly enough to be seen in a photo, but there are ferns and leaf-shapes woven into the screen using copper wire. You can sort of see some of the leaves, but no ferns in this picture. (Bummer. Those took so long...>.>")

Related work from the 2009 art contest:
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:iconjosegoncalo:
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Nomble Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
I love this piece. It is so creative and beautiful. Great job! :aww:
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much ^_^
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Uncle-Sarah Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
"All are gone, all but one
No contest, nowhere to run
No more left, only one
This is it, this is the Countdown to Extinction"
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing "Countdown to Extinction." It's certainly very fitting... :(

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8g-lu…

I think the song makes a great point that not only are endangered species killed in the wild, but that there are people who can make money by arranging for animals to be slaughtered for sport. Some say this deters people from hunting animals in the wild, but to me it's just as wrong to arrange for animals to be killed and to profit from their deaths. Honoring these animals should be done by saving their lives, not by killing them.
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Uncle-Sarah Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Yep I agree.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
While I certainly agree with your message, it's probably worth noting that white tigers are a genetic mutation artificially propagated through inbreeding that does not occur in the wild and is not in the slightest bit natural. It is, in a way, a statement of human selfishness and thoughtlessness in and of itself.
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed; I did not realize this until years after I had painted this (actually, it was after posting this on DA and joining tiger awareness groups did I learn about the controversy surrounding white tigers). So yes, I do acknowledge now that it's unrealistic to use a white tiger to represent all tigers. I think I originally chose a white tiger because of its semblance to a ghost, to suggest something that is ephemeral and may vanish if we continue to destroy its habitats.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think you could almost make the fact that it's a white tiger work for your overall message, if you were so inclined (in fact I kinda thought it was part of the original message, before I read the description! So that seems like something you could add in pretty easily).

I don't think any one animal could really ever represent the entirety of its species, so given that you didn't know back then that the white mutation wasn't normal it was as good a choice as any, really. But that's kind of a nice thought, with the ghost-like quality of white animals.
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