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"I guess I'm quite detached from dead bodies."

Australian writer Marise Williams' essay "Mourning Half Begun" begins with "I’m thinking of having my cat stuffed when she dies," proceeds through Barthes, Sontag and the OED and arrives at the taxidermy work of artist Julia deVille. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 25, 2016 - 5 comments

Crochet taxidermy

Want to decorate your hunting lodge or baronial hall without feeling too guilty? Crochet taxidermy to the rescue! [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Feb 4, 2016 - 19 comments

Building Bones: rearticulating animal skeletons with Lee Post and others

In the late 1970s, a bicycle mechanic named Lee Post moved to Homer, Alaska to run a small bookstore with his mother. He also volunteered at the town's natural history museum, where he took on the task of assembling a beaked whale skeleton.

Post thought, well, I've repaired bikes — surely I can repair a whale skeleton if I have a book to follow, and conveniently, I run a bookstore. He searched for any books about reconstructing whale skeletons. “There was no such thing,” he says.
This is the story of how a bookseller from Homer, Alaska became the an international animal skeleton re-assembly expert (Bay Nature). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 5, 2015 - 10 comments

Antelope? More like antelnope.

Kate Clark is an artist who uses clay to sculpt human faces for taxidermied animals. You can easily browse the gallery by starting here and using the arrow navigation in the top right.
posted by phunniemee on Jul 27, 2015 - 20 comments

I Was An Invisible Girlfriend and Boyfriend

I'd like to try crowdsourced intimacy. lol :) This is an article about an invisible girlfriend and boyfriend job.
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Jul 9, 2015 - 23 comments

Before and After

The Gorilla Group in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals in the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most beloved scenes in the museum. The gorillas were killed in 1921. In 2010 curator Stephen Quinn returned to the exact location depicted in the diorama to document the scene as it appears today. previously.
posted by bq on May 19, 2015 - 2 comments

Bart and his flying dead zoo

Previously. Bart Jansen, the Dutch artist who charmed and disgusted the art world with his flying taxidermied cat Orville, has not been resting on his laurels since. After creating Orville, he went looking for bigger challenges... and found them. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on Mar 29, 2015 - 11 comments

Preserving Lonesome George

The AMNH team preserving Lonesome George for display. As the last known Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George became a worldwide icon of conservation decades before he died from natural causes in the Galápagos in 2012. When Lonesome George arrived at the American Museum of Natural History in early 2013 to be preserved as a taxidermic specimen, Museum scientists and a master taxidermist faced a number of crucial decisions as they worked to prepare a mount that was both scientifically accurate and beautiful. [more inside]
posted by WillRun4Fun on Jan 4, 2015 - 6 comments

Phrase of the day: “rogue taxidermy”

"First it was knitting; then came excessive facial grooming, vegan baking and urban beekeeping. You thought hipster hobbies couldn’t get weirder? Brace yourself." [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Aug 9, 2014 - 54 comments

and thus began my morbid fascination

The Morbid Anatomy Museum, a treasure trove of pathological and funereal curiosities, antique medical models, and anatomical art pledged to "exploring the intersections of death, beauty, and that which falls between the cracks," has opened its doors to the public in Gowanus, Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 1, 2014 - 18 comments

Stuffed Animals

When taxidermy goes horribly wrong right. (SL Imgur set)
posted by ShutterBun on Nov 12, 2013 - 39 comments

"Do we need to produce billions of new garments a year?"

Should You Feel Guilty About Wearing Vintage Fur? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 12, 2013 - 121 comments

How to be a stuffed animal

The bones had been boiled, the skins salted and soaked in formalin, the hoofs and horns measured and labeled, and the disassembled parts crated and shipped to the Upper West Side. There, on Akeley’s production line, the remains were reassembled and processed into a perfect likeness of what had once been, a “real” copy of reality. The animal had become an “animal."
[more inside] posted by ChuraChura on May 29, 2013 - 13 comments

Getting Stuffed

David Sedaris buys an owl.
posted by Artw on Apr 14, 2013 - 22 comments


Catcopter. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their helicopters, or why.
posted by CautionToTheWind on Jun 2, 2012 - 98 comments

Paper birds

Birds are gorgeous but you can't have pets and can't abide stuffed animals. What's a bird lover to do? Vegan Taxidermy to the rescue! [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Apr 21, 2012 - 25 comments

The most lifelike dead animals anywhere.

You probably thought this dear was alive. And this coyote was alive. And this pheasant was alive. NOPE. They're dead. They've been taxidermized by Chuck Testa. Ojai valley taxidermy. [more inside]
posted by Ahab on Sep 15, 2011 - 41 comments

Trees and Young Trees of different bones

A lion taxidermied by a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. - more info here in Swedish (translation). More daft taxidermy.
posted by Artw on Apr 10, 2011 - 47 comments

Giving 'em the gears.

There's weird taxidermy, weirder taxidermy, and weirdest taxidermy. There's even weird taxidermy auctions. But, all in all, these animals are the same old stuff. Lisa Black however has come up with a new spin on an old concept - steampunk taxidermy. Some images may be NSFW.
posted by stinkycheese on Dec 29, 2010 - 16 comments

Stuffed Animals

Ravishing Beasts is a blog about all kinds of taxidermy. From taxidermy as fashion to pet taxidermy to taxidermy dioramas.
posted by Thin Lizzy on Aug 28, 2010 - 5 comments

Seven dead stoats, four squirrels and one hare.

55% ABV beer to be sold in dead animals
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jul 22, 2010 - 98 comments

Love That Stuff

Crappy and/or Awesome Taxidermy.
posted by Paid In Full on Aug 6, 2009 - 56 comments

Poupees Viandes

Poupees Viandes (Meat Puppets): a flickr photoset of "flesh dolls made with stuffed taxidermy skin." These sculptures are not for those easily made nauseous! (via)
posted by OmieWise on Jun 22, 2009 - 30 comments

Taxidermy & tits

Torsten Solin's Dolls [NSFW]
posted by dydecker on Feb 26, 2009 - 69 comments

Gopher Hole Museum

While in Torrington, Alberta you can visit the world famous Gopher Hole Museum. The museum features dioramas of taxidermied Richardson’s Ground Squirrels in humorous situations.
posted by Tube on Jun 25, 2008 - 12 comments

The Sublime, Nihilistic Elegance of Assquatch Art

Coilhouse brings us "Assquatch Art," which they describe as "a rustic art form." Strangely, this is probably SFW.
posted by cgc373 on Feb 27, 2008 - 11 comments

Frank Zappa smiles from heaven

Transgendered women in lingerie made from taxidermied rats. NSFW unless John Waters is your boss.Via Ectomo, natch.
posted by chinese_fashion on Dec 3, 2007 - 55 comments

Mother isn't quite herself today.

Norman Bates and that oh, so famous shower scene... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Nov 24, 2007 - 47 comments

The visual erotics of mini-marriages

The Visual Erotics of Mini-Marriages. The appeal of tiny nuptials between children, stuffed kittens, and other small, cute things. [via]
posted by Slithy_Tove on Nov 2, 2007 - 15 comments

get your ghoul on

Morbid Anatomy - an excellent blog with a focus on art, medicine, death, and culture. Great viewing anytime, but it might also be a good reference source for any macabre seasonal celebrations!
posted by madamjujujive on Oct 8, 2007 - 5 comments


iBeaver - make your own
posted by Burhanistan on Aug 28, 2007 - 35 comments

It's a dog, and it's stuffed, and it's for you!

Taxidermia! Animal furniture! Via tanned hides!
posted by parmanparman on Aug 16, 2007 - 5 comments

Rogue taxidermy

Nate Hill is a rogue taxidermist. He collects raw materials from some nasty places, and creates new, better animals from them. Now he has a bigger project. Then there is his TV show, Chop, chop.
posted by nowonmai on Jul 19, 2007 - 14 comments

The Strangest Shop in All of Paris

Deyrolle: The Strangest Shop in All of Paris. "Paris has many unusual shops, but one of the most unusual has to be Deyrolle."
posted by jonson on Jul 1, 2007 - 11 comments

Trophys from the Cryptozoo

Looking for a mermaid or chimera for your trophy room? Artist Sarina Brewer uses roadkill and discarded livestock to create unusual fashions, art and more. Links maybe nightmare fuel for sensitive readers.
posted by drezdn on Apr 26, 2007 - 14 comments

Inked Pork

Wim Delvoye makes art out of skin, filming it in extreme close-up, or, at his Art Farm in China, by tattooing pigs which are later stuffed or skinned. More images: 1, 2, 3, 4.
posted by jack_mo on Apr 14, 2007 - 25 comments

This Must Be Designed By Idiots

This Must Be Designed By Idiots is an online art exhibit of three Amsterdam-based mixed media artists, where one of the media is taxidermy, and the other is some disturbing combination of fashion design, jewelry, glassblowing & handicrafts. The end result is compellingly creepy, and my personal favorite is this piece, a mouse permanently at rest inside the glass belly of a glass cat.
posted by jonson on Sep 28, 2006 - 19 comments

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.
posted by ashbury on Sep 19, 2006 - 19 comments

How Tos now on Fecal Face

I've linked their site before, but now Fecal Face has instructional How Tos: Stuff a Mouse, Make an Oil Painting, Screen Print a Poster, Make a Mini-Comic/Zine. The site has many other features as well but remember that where there's art, the occasional nsfw image may wait, brooding.
posted by dobbs on Jul 27, 2006 - 9 comments

Wacky varmint fun!

Of all the humorous stuffed rodents in the "novelties" section of customcreaturetaxidermy.com, I can't decide whether my favorite is the squirrel full o'whiskey (with the removable head for decanting) or the "mouse trap gag" (see, the gag is, it looks like a disgusting dead mouse in a trap, when in reality... oh, wait...).
posted by jonson on Oct 13, 2005 - 23 comments

The Beast Blender

The Beast Blender. The Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists invites you to create a being that has never existed.
posted by greasy_skillet on Jun 5, 2005 - 7 comments

Snuggles? SNUGGLES!!

Pet Pillows!
posted by loquacious on Mar 19, 2005 - 35 comments

Custom Creature Taxidermy Arts

Custom Creature Taxidermy Arts • "The artist does not view a dead animal as disgusting or repugnant; she feels that all creatures exhibit their beauty in death as well as in life." My favorites are the Mutant Pickled Piglet, The Cackalope, Boar Heart Under Glass, and the Muskrat Feet Earrings.
posted by dhoyt on Jan 5, 2005 - 11 comments

Stuffed. Animals.

Rogue taxidermists (more exhibit photos at Creative Electric Studios) abide by strict a non-violence policy. Not to be confused with plush urban beasts, almost none of the animals used in the taxidermy were killed expressly for the purpose of mounting. Specimens are collected as roadkill, gifted to the taxidermist by friends, gifted after natural deaths by pet stores, or purchased from scientific supply companies. [not safe for the delicate] [related MeFi discussion]
posted by pedantic on Nov 1, 2004 - 3 comments

A Case of Curiosities

Boxing squirrels, the Kitten Princess of Winter, and the Birmingham Roller Diva with mouse skeleton are some of the odder exhibits in the Case of Curiosities. Taxidermy and assemblage inspired by fairy tales.
posted by Slagman on May 15, 2004 - 5 comments

A Case of Curiousities

A Case of Curiousities - Fine Art Taxidermy and Assemblage "Specializing in elegantly displayed antique, vintage and unusual contemporary taxidermy & entomological specimens for the collector of curiosa." The Walter Potter Gallery creeps the everloving shit out of me (it's.. a kitten.. with eight legs and two tails...), but you have to admit this floral arrangement of kittens is simply adorable.
posted by Stan Chin on Dec 16, 2002 - 20 comments

There's a new option available for pet owners who can't bear to say goodbye when their furry friends pass on: having them freeze-dried. Is this just a comforting alternative, or just a way to make some cold cash?
posted by debralee on Sep 14, 2002 - 10 comments

Hamster taxidermy website

Hamster taxidermy website Got sent this enjoyable URL, then realized it was a spoof for Covad's DSL. The flash movie is part of a Covad TV campaign. Keep those PETA cards and letters coming!
posted by darren on Mar 5, 2001 - 0 comments

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