Taxidermy

A Letter to My Mother That She Will Never Read

Dear Ma,<p>I am writing to reach you—even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are. I am writing to go back to the time, at the rest stop in Virginia, when you stared, horror-struck, at the taxidermy buck hanging over the soda machine by the rest rooms, your face darkened by its …

Dresses

Specimen of the Week 290: The awful Bosc monitor lizard

Taxidermy Bosc monitor lizard. LDUCZ-X1314<p>Taxidermy appears to being going through a period of popularity at the moment. Hipsters and fans of …

UK Universities

Inside a taxidermy shop

Fred Penasa, the proprietor of Southwest Taxidermy in Montrose, Colorado, rubs his whitening beard with a hand scarred from countless scalpel nicks …

Philly Is Celebrating Obscura Day Right with Taxidermy, Insects, Crypts, and Off-Limit Prisons

It’s the best day of the year if you love obscure and weird history! This Saturday is Obscura Day, 170 events in 31 states and 28 countries, and of …

Philadelphia

The great British taxidermy heist: The animals are back, but the theft is still a mystery

Over the years, London has had its fair share of bank stickups, diamond thefts and gold bullion robberies. Recently, however, police solved something a little more exotic: the great British taxidermy heist.<p>On April 5, Jason Hopwood of Romford was given a suspended sentence for his part in the theft …

Great British Bake Off

Is it Time for Taxidermy Decor to Die Off (Pun Intended)?

Some people really, really hate this rustic trend.<p>Ask a group of people what they think of taxidermy as home decor and you'll get a <i>lot</i> of opinions. …

Home Decorating

Yang Maoyuan Turns Animal Hides into Surreal Balloon Taxidermy - Creators

When we think of taxidermy, we think of stuffed animals sitting awkwardly among old antiques. There are many cases of bad taxidermy, with animals' teeth, eyeballs and ears out of place, these creations still appear to resemble the creatures that were once living and breathing. However, some …

Art

Why This Taxidermist Will Never Stuff Your Dead Pet

At six years old, Brent Nearpass would wake up at the crack of dawn to fill a five-gallon bucket with dandelions—for the bears. It was his first job. His parents knew the owners of the local zoo in Red Lodge, Montana, where he collected feed each morning for the bears in captivity. By the time …

Reimagining Life With Rachel Ahern of Weird City Taxidermy

Nine-Tailed Fox (Credit: Weird City Taxidermy)<p>Rachel Ahern isn’t interested in hunting, but reimagining creatures back to life through the art of …

From Suicide Hotlines to Taxidermy

Poet and essayist Anna Journey on the art of the associative leapDeyrolle, Paris. Aaron Fellmeth Photography, via flickr.I came late to the party of …

Popular Fiction

Best Unexpected Pieces to Add to Your Wall Gallery

Visually appealing.<p>Long gone are the days of hanging a picture or two on your wall and calling it a ‘’decorating day.’’ Today, dressing your gallery wall is similar to how you’d dress yourself in order to reflect your personal fashion sense. In fact, girls (and guys) are opting for a series of …

Home Decorating

'Money taxidermy': Kelowna artist coins a new art form

Kyle Zsombor creates sculptures from currency<p>Kyle Zsombor is trying to cash in on what he calls "money taxidermy."<p>As a student at art school, Zsombor …

Art

The women upending taxidermy's stuffy 'secret men's society'

Taxidermy was once an exclusive men's club, but women are leading a new generation of art-focused enthusiasts.<p>Exhibit A is Brittany Porter, 22, whose …

Third annual taxidermy championships

Qom Holy Shrine Museum

One of those eye catching places that truly deserves a visit is a museum located right next to the holy shrine of Fatemeh Masoumeh, sister of Imam …

Iran

DNA from taxidermy specimens explains genetic structure of British and Irish goats

Intensive selective breeding over the past 200 years and high extinction rates among feral populations has greatly reduced the genetic diversity …

Genetics

Yes, You Can Take A Rat Taxidermy Class

fullscreen<p>Taxidermy classes are nothing new, but in these hygge-seekingl times, DIY times, many people want to roll up their sleeves and stuff their …

New York City

High West’s Taxidermy Whiskey Bourbon-Rye Mashup Is Back Again

High West’s bourbon-rye mashup product is back again for 2017 with a new taxidermy mascot.<p>The jackalope-themed bottle contains bourye (pronounced …

Food

What’s with San Francisco’s Taxidermy Obsession?

Some bars to check out if you’re trying to get a head.<p>After spending time in SOMA, I often ponder one of life’s greatest mysteries: why do so many …

San Francisco

Gotta Love That Taxidermy Vibe—Or Not?

Why do so many bars in SOMA have the same stuffed heads? Maybe it’s because hipsters love taxidermy. Remember the anthropomorphic mouse craze or the …

San Francisco Bay Area

Mythical Unicorn Taxidermy Trophy Knitting Kit

Firebox is featuring a Knit Your Own Unicorn Trophy kit that allows you to dabble in a little magic while knitting your very own mythical unicorn …

Sculpture

Behind taxidermy display halls are lots of donors of (unsolicited) dead animals

David Skelly returned to his desk one day to find a two-headed snapping turtle in a mayonnaise jar. “I still don’t know where that came from,” says Skelly, director of Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History.<p>For years, Skelly brought the turtle to elementary schools as a teaching tool, …

Lifestyle

The Dr. Seuss Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy

Everyone knows the work of Dr. Seuss, great American poet, illustrator, children's book author...and taxidermist of things that don't exist.

Weird

Why taxidermy, once the domain of camo-clad hunters, is becoming increasingly fashionable

Animal rights organization PETA is engaged in an unlikely war with hipsters over their growing fetish for dead animals. The same demographic that …

Canadian News

Eerie taxidermy models of monkeys, lemurs and apes go on display

Taxidermists Steve Toher and Phil Howard worked with the National Museum Scotland to 'bring these animals back to life' as part of the Monkey …

Nature

How to decorate your home like a natural history museum

Looking for an unusual ornament to grace your mantelpiece? At online auction you'll find all sorts of curios and rarities, from fossils to taxidermy.<p>Ever wanted to curate your own mini natural history museum? Or to own a piece of Mother Earth or outer space? Well you can do both, and it is a whole …

Natural History Museums

Own your own two-headed calf taxidermy

Start your own odditorium by spending $15,000 on "Mike & Ike - they look alike," a purportedly real two-headed calf taxidermy mount that was …

Proper Field Care Improves Taxidermy Results

By Paul Wait<p>You just shot the most brilliantly colored-up drake of your hunting career, and your buddies are imploring you to have it mounted. Now …

BrewDog are giving away bottles of the world's strongest beer encased in a taxidermy squirrel

Scottish beer-makers BrewDog are thanking fans who have helped to raise £19million by sending them a bottle of the world’s strongest beer wrapped …

Food

'Rogue taxidermy': a misunderstood ethical art form or the next hipster fad?

A new breed of taxidermists are rebooting the practice with classes and books that show you how. But can the act of stuffing a dead animal ever be ethical?<p>“Be careful not to cut too deep, or you’ll end up getting blood everywhere,” says the instructor, as I grip the scalpel in concentration. I’d …