I’ve been working with bones, pelts, and roadkill for a while now, and have noticed a particular trend among men (and even some women) when I tell them I am a taxidermist:
If they aren’t completely weirded out by it, or happen to be one of the rare people who think that it’s totally awesome, they either don’t believe me, or seem to think that I’m incapable of doing the ‘dirty work’ myself.
One guy even asked if I would hire him to do the bloody/smelly stuff for me so that I wouldn’t have to “get freaked out” by it. He literally asked me to pay him to do my job because he thought I wasn’t cut out for it.
I notice this trend less commonly over the internet, in part because I know that a lot of my fellow taxidermists here are women. Places like DeviantArt and Tumblr have brought us together and we have successfully created a community where doing what we do and being what we are is not only safe, but highly encouraged.
Yet, most people from the “outside world” have no idea that our community exists. I already have plans to create Vulture Culture bumper stickers, and am wondering if any of the ladies within the community would be interested in sporting Vulture Culture/Taxidermy-themed T-shirts, too. I feel that it could open discussions in the “real world” about the art of taxidermy, bone cleaning, and womens’ involvement in the art.
If you’re interested, please feel free to hit me up so we can do some brainstorming! I have the idea of creating patches, bandannas, and T-shirts. Devanka will be screenprinting the designs on re-purposed fabrics and clothing in an effort to make the finished products as affordable as possible, so that everyone and anyone within the community (female and male alike) has the opportunity to show their support.
hell yea this kind of reminds me of dark crystal
OH HEY LOOK A SOURCE FOR THE ARTIST since fuckingsushi didn’t add it when they first posted it here.
the two coyote headdresses are done- the red male is on hold for the moment, but the female gray is ready to find a new home
My new coyote friend, who I have finally named Caona Sol. Sitting here with Ara’Hura and just bonding. <3
Preserved Turtle Oddities Wet Specimen.
Available for sale at Oddities Store
Few of my little dead animals , Second jour, my shop in Lyon today , pix by Julien Malabry studio 5.56 .