Stuffed Animals
November 12, 2013 1:47 AM   Subscribe

 
Thanks for the nightmares.
posted by aintthattheway at 2:06 AM on November 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


The ignominy of this just kinda depresses me.
posted by Caskeum at 2:19 AM on November 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


If you ever had any doubt that the average example of taxidermy is comparable to a night of mundane dinner-theater, here is the proof: it could easily be so awful you would gladly crawl over broken glass to escape.

Be thankful for the forgettable; memory of the terrible is an affliction.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:24 AM on November 12, 2013 [7 favorites]


MORE OF IT
posted by louche mustachio at 2:36 AM on November 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Do not click this link
posted by louche mustachio at 2:41 AM on November 12, 2013 [8 favorites]


Ravishing BeastsTaxidermy Artists.
posted by cenoxo at 2:43 AM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have to wonder: what leads a person to commit these atrocities? A broken heart? Ignorance of karma? Too many mushrooms of the wrong kind? Whatever it is, some of the results make Carpenter's "Thing" a cuddly plushie in comparison.
posted by Iosephus at 2:59 AM on November 12, 2013


I'm reminded of the Ecce Homo fresco - the humor of poorly-rendered faces transcends species.
posted by borborygmi at 2:59 AM on November 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


Walter Potter of Bramber West SussexKittens.
posted by cenoxo at 3:07 AM on November 12, 2013


See it's good to see it here, and not in some creepy guy's basement, because here at home I can scream for quite a while before the neighbors call the police.
posted by angrycat at 3:31 AM on November 12, 2013 [5 favorites]


I'd like to see more of this but with the skins of these taxidermists.
posted by pracowity at 3:33 AM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ignorance of karma?

Ignorance of anatomy, more likely.


MOAR
posted by louche mustachio at 3:54 AM on November 12, 2013


I am bookmarking the dopey weasel so hard.
posted by flabdablet at 3:57 AM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Lion of Grimsholm
posted by louche mustachio at 3:59 AM on November 12, 2013 [3 favorites]


Ignorance of karma?

It could be, after all, that the subjects of the taxidermy have received exactly what their karma dictates.
posted by Wolfdog at 4:57 AM on November 12, 2013


What the hell IS this?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 5:03 AM on November 12, 2013


Chuck Testa? Nope.
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 5:11 AM on November 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


I would buy a "Thing" plushie. Or all of them.
posted by oneironaut at 5:40 AM on November 12, 2013


I have this funny feeling that The Bloggess felt a disturbance in the Force and is now enlisting her army to track down the location of all of these fabulous specimens so she can take them home and dress them with little hats.
posted by cmyk at 5:53 AM on November 12, 2013 [12 favorites]


If you don't laugh at these things they become seriously sad.

There was an old museum in Niagara Falls, Canada that had dozens of examples just like these. I visited once with a friend and left with my sides aching. They're funny and pathetic and hilarious and depressing all at once. Kind of like life.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:04 AM on November 12, 2013


Wow, that is one sassy bobcat.
posted by cyberscythe at 6:05 AM on November 12, 2013 [6 favorites]


Thylacine I think it's a Tasmanian Tiger, Moofoo. Wah. The animals get their revenge.
posted by effluvia at 6:09 AM on November 12, 2013


PIKACHU? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
posted by maudlin at 6:23 AM on November 12, 2013


Some of these make me wonder what they started with. For example, pikachu up there.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 6:25 AM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I shared a house with a taxidermist when I lived in the Falkland Islands. Not long after he moved in, his former housemate phoned and shouted down the line: "Tell Steve to get these f***ing penguins out of my freezer."

That's filed under experiences I will probably only have once.
posted by penguin pie at 6:33 AM on November 12, 2013 [13 favorites]


Lemme guess, you made savory meat pies with them?
posted by [expletive deleted] at 6:43 AM on November 12, 2013 [4 favorites]


Hmm, well, like most artists, taxidermists have to start somewhere :S
posted by Calzephyr at 7:00 AM on November 12, 2013


So the fox with the duck is totally pulling a "FINE! I'm taking my duck and going home!"
posted by stormpooper at 7:06 AM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


When the Bamber collection was being split up, Damien Hirst apparently offered a large sum to keep it intact, but was turned down. (Would've thought it was more Chapman-brothers territory anyways).
Also - hold tight the Horniman Walrus.
posted by aesop at 7:35 AM on November 12, 2013


this is what happened before you could google "what otter actually looks like"
posted by changeling at 9:21 AM on November 12, 2013


All taxidermists are not alike.
posted by gudrun at 10:09 AM on November 12, 2013


My favorite piece of taxidermy: End of History, from BrewDog
posted by sixpack at 10:10 AM on November 12, 2013


It's nice to know that Gary Larson has taken up a new hobby since retiring from drawing The Far Side.
posted by Chuffy at 12:57 PM on November 12, 2013


Tell Steve to get these f***ing penguins out of my freezer."

That's filed under experiences I will probably only have once.
posted by penguin pie at 6:33 AM on November 12 [7 favorites +] [!]

Were you particularly hungry that day?
posted by sparklemotion at 1:44 PM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is that Gladly, the cross-eyed bear?
posted by BlueHorse at 7:52 PM on November 12, 2013


I think if I encountered one of those things I would be compelled to bury it and then weep silently for a few minutes.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 9:34 PM on November 12, 2013


My plan is to try to get the dopey weasel up as a Senate candidate in the next Australian federal election.
posted by flabdablet at 8:03 AM on November 13, 2013


I couldn't possibly comment on the fate of the unwanted penguins... *dabs lips with napkin*

I just remembered though, there's a lovely short film about Steve the Stuffer which hints at what an incredible artist he actually is. Amazing sculptor too, and very humble about his talents.

Nonetheless, he was BANNED from bringing dead animal parts into the house after he sneaked up on me once to show me a seal skin he'd just finished tanning. It was the only time in my life I've ever actually screamed. The holes where the eyes had once been...
posted by penguin pie at 4:43 PM on November 13, 2013 [2 favorites]


That bobcat head is amazing. It's like the perfect taxidermic representation of the Awesome Face.
posted by rifflesby at 7:18 PM on November 13, 2013


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