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.

 

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namesofthedead:

Thanks Iris, you are hard as nails! Wolf skull and tree, one session. #divinecanvas

So awesome!

doomhag:

namesofthedead:

Thanks Iris, you are hard as nails! Wolf skull and tree, one session. #divinecanvas

So awesome!

Anyone Out There Design Tattoos?

I have an idea in mind but no matter how often I draw it, it’s never quite right. So I’m leaving this pretty open-ended: I want a tattoo that incorporates the silhouette of Douglas fir trees, a deer skull, and the words “In the Woods, we Return to Reason and Faith” on it. Will happily pay for your design if it’s something that jumps out at me! Contact me if you have a portfolio I can view. 

Very similar to the design I had in mind: Lodgepole pines, growing up my leg. Except mine will be smaller, with multiple trees, and the world “In the woods, we return to Reason and Faith” in the roots. 

Very similar to the design I had in mind: Lodgepole pines, growing up my leg. Except mine will be smaller, with multiple trees, and the world “In the woods, we return to Reason and Faith” in the roots. 

(Source: spiritualhippie)

Oh, PETA - you crack me up.
What must have crossed your mind when you thought, "What tattooed celebrities can we pay to help our anti-fur campaign this time?" and came to the conclusion that Steve-O was just right for the job? Has it skipped your mind that this man has made a living by pissing off wild animals, encouraging rodeos, bull-fighting, and general harassment of dangerous creatures in the process?
No, probably not. But you did it anyway. Because you’re all a bunch of hypocritical, lying, self-righteous nut-jobs who kill more animals than you save: http://www.petakillsanimals.com/
I’m personally against fur farming, but I have no qualms about wearing recycled fur. Yet you’ll never find me donating to PETA’s anti-fur campaigns - EVER.
Why? Well, aside from the fact that PETA kills animals, I believe that my money would be better used if donated to a non-profit organization which has CONSERVATION in mind rather than hypocritical propaganda such as this. 
If you really care about animals, focus on preserving their natural habitats instead of harassing fur farmers. 
Fur farmers don’t give two shits about PETA. Their mink are domesticated to the point that they wouldn’t survive if let loose into the countryside anyhow, and thus serve no conservation-related purpose. So your efforts are genuinely lost there.
But if you focus instead on saving wild animals and the places they call home, the impact of your efforts can have an impressive, long-standing, positive impact on the ecology of an entire ecosystem, ensuring that future generations will know what it’s like to see animals where they actually belong: In the wild.
Think about it…

Oh, PETA - you crack me up.

What must have crossed your mind when you thought, "What tattooed celebrities can we pay to help our anti-fur campaign this time?" and came to the conclusion that Steve-O was just right for the job? Has it skipped your mind that this man has made a living by pissing off wild animals, encouraging rodeos, bull-fighting, and general harassment of dangerous creatures in the process?

No, probably not. But you did it anyway. Because you’re all a bunch of hypocritical, lying, self-righteous nut-jobs who kill more animals than you save: http://www.petakillsanimals.com/

I’m personally against fur farming, but I have no qualms about wearing recycled fur. Yet you’ll never find me donating to PETA’s anti-fur campaigns - EVER.

Why? Well, aside from the fact that PETA kills animals, I believe that my money would be better used if donated to a non-profit organization which has CONSERVATION in mind rather than hypocritical propaganda such as this. 

If you really care about animals, focus on preserving their natural habitats instead of harassing fur farmers.

Fur farmers don’t give two shits about PETA. Their mink are domesticated to the point that they wouldn’t survive if let loose into the countryside anyhow, and thus serve no conservation-related purpose. So your efforts are genuinely lost there.

But if you focus instead on saving wild animals and the places they call home, the impact of your efforts can have an impressive, long-standing, positive impact on the ecology of an entire ecosystem, ensuring that future generations will know what it’s like to see animals where they actually belong: In the wild.

Think about it…