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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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:iconbluesphotography:
bluesphotography Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
this is very clever, and a lovely message with it. Well done, you've captured his face beautifully.
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconbluesphotography:
bluesphotography Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You are most welcome
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bow:
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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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ravenofthenight Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice!
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^_^
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AlexKazhdan Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible! Really gets the message across.
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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MichaelPerrone Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
This is really cool!
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ^_^
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MichaelPerrone Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Welcome ^_^
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CrystalXShine Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
This is amazing, along with the message that goes along with it.

And I agree, I really wish for people to stop acting so selfishly.

We know about global awrming, we know about species going extinct.

And yet, barely ANYTHING is bieng done to stop it.

In a way, we can see all other animals in the world as our family. We ALL share one common ancestor: Cyanobacteria. (At least, that's what my science textbook told me. XD) And it comes down to this: Would you kill a family member if they were born looking and acting different? Would you kill them and treat them like nothing without feeling ANY guilt?

Sane people of society would answer with a "no".

And yet, the destruction of the world continues...
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your comments :)

I really hope to raise awareness about what people have been doing and continue to do to the planet. And what's hard is, it's not like I'm not guilty of doing anything wrong, either. We're all in this together. I just hope that more people realize that, too... =/

And then, after we realize this, what do we do?
We have many technological advances that can help reduce our impact on the planet, like more efficient cars and devices, alternative ways of producing energy, more sustainable agricultural practices, and so on. But there are a number of things that stand in the way of changing to a more environmentally-aware lifestyle, like money/finances and the fact that it's hard for us to face change and make it happen.

That's why I'm studying to be an environmental engineer. It's hard to just stand by and know that these things are happening in the world, and to do nothing about it... But no one person can do it alone. We've all got to do this together.
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CrystalXShine Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
That's true. A lot of people have been clinging to money, and that's been hindering any forward advances people have been trying to make towards living a more efficent and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Hmm....being in middle school, I still have time to choose what I want to be when I want to grow up. ^-^

I haven't decided on anything, since there are so many options (besides being all money-happy and greedy). But hearing about an environmental engineer makes me perk up. :D I think I'll consider it when making my final decision in the future. :) Thanks!
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MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ideally, it would be nice if money didn't matter, and we could just focus on dealing with the big problems instead of getting trapped in whether or not we can financially afford it, or if it's profitable or not. I don't mean to point fingers, but in the U.S., it also doesn't really help that oil companies have historically had tremendous influence in government.

I think that it would really help if it were possible to make more environmentally-friendly practices more affordable, or to make people aware that some of these practices already are more affordable than they think. Not everyone can afford to install solar panels or build windmills, but things like buying local food and paying attention to how much we consume and how much waste we produce and how we get rid of it (reduce how you use if you don't have to use that much, reuse things if you can, recycle or compost as much of whatever waste you end up with).

Aside from being an environmental engineer, there are also a number of fields in environmental sciences and natural resources that might interest you. You kind of have to explore around ;)
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CrystalXShine Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Yep, that was mainly what I was thinking about when typing out my previous comment. XD

Eventually, we WILL have to shift to more eco-friendly sources of power, because the amount of natural oil and gas will eventually run out and/or cost too much. Therefore, we should use that oppertunity to find/make a new source of energy that won't negatively impact the world's ecosystem like the burning of natural gas and oil did.

And I have to agree because, living in the US, I've noticed that a lot of economies basically run on natural fuel. Transport, by sea, air, and land, all depend on natural oil. When the gas prices suddenly inflated...well, let's just say it wasn't the best thing that ever happened to it.

Raising awareness of the easy to do things, such as reusing, reducing, and recycling, is a difficult thing, as even if you do make it well known, some people will, sadly, not care at all and keep on living life as they always have. Making laws forcing people to recycle won't do a lot of good either, as it will be tremendously difficult to enforce.

Ah, exploring seems fun! Maybe I'll find the perfect job for me by researching about it and similar things~ :)
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