Feed the Jackalope
Young Blood Illustration - Single
Dongyan Xu, Baltimore, MD
Young Blood: Dongyan Xu Illustrator: Dongyan Xu
The jackalope myth was popularized in the 1930s by hunters to sell jackrabbit carcasses grafted with deer antlers. However, the real life origin of jackalopes are hares infected with deadly horn-like tumors, which eventually starve them to death by taking away their ability to eat. I always see jackalope as a good metaphor for the society's romanticization and exploitation of illness and suffering.