It's the Pits
Are you game? For owners of dogs classified as bully breeds, it’s a loaded question, one that conjures up scenes of aggression: canines “pitted” against one another. A complex reputation — and history— precedes Staffordshire bull terriers, Amstaffs, bulldogs, and American pit bull terriers. But did you know that the bully breeds are responsible for less than 1% of all dog bites on humans? Facts aside, these affectionate dogs are widely misunderstood, and pit bull devotees are game for a change in public perception of the breed.Bully is an anthology of art, advice, interviews, and anecdotes; a celebration of the pit bull and the people they love. Designed and illustrated by a network of cutting-edge artists, Bully gets to the heart of this oft-maligned breed and the cultures that surround it. Packed with interviews from top breeders, pit bull rescue operation organizers, and the masterminds behind rapper DMX’s dog clothing line Boomer 129, Bully explores the evolution of the breed, offers practical and personal insights into a world that need not be intimidating, and smashes stereotypes with facts and style. From the streets to the suburbs, a scrapbook of pit bull love.
Photographer and writer Paul 107 is the award-winning author of All-City: The Book About Taking Space. He and his dog live in Montreal.