Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.
All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.
As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.
I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.
Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.
Each was done with a 30-second exposure, F3.5, ISO at 125. I believe the white balance was set to auto, as the varying light sources were hard to capture at their fullest potential otherwise.
say NO to FUR
Aside from this being the weirdest anti-fur argument yet, you do realize those rabbits are taxidermy, right? As in, someone killed them, skinned them and then used their fur to create this mount. Ironic, eh?
The awkward moment when animals rights advocated literally cannot tell a live animal from a dead one.
Giving up waiting on my mail to be forwarded, contacting the postal service in regards to the pelt I bought from naturepunk. Of course it came at the worst time ever, moving out really screwed things up for me, but I will seriously be heartbroken if that package is just lost forever.
Worst-case scenario, I can send you a different pelt. I have more than I know what to do with right now, and I’d hate to leave you empty-handed. The box was insured, so I can also just give you a refund, but I understand if the pelt means more to you. Either way is fine with me.
I personally do not worship any Gods, though Paganism is a part of my family history. I wouldn’t be opposed to creating any manner of Norse-themed item if commissioned! In fact, I think it would be a fantastic way to open myself up more to that aspect of my heritage. Great suggestion, my friend! :D
See you there! Jude is coming along, as well! :D