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Fetish Taxidermy

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From Joe King:

Stuff and nonsense: The fashion for taxidermy is growing apace, but professional artists worry about ‘ghoulish’ amateurs having a go
by Matthew Bell
October 6, 2013

Once, stuffing a guinea pig for pleasure was considered mildly eccentric. Now, the craze has become so popular that even leading practitioners say it has got out of hand. Polly Morgan, who made taxidermy fashionable 10 years ago with her zany displays of birds, says she has become “uncomfortable with the direction taxidermy is taking”, saying it is “ghoulish and macabre to stuff animals for kicks”. She thinks that young people are “glorifying or sexualising” dead animals.


Ms Morgan’s comments come as more people are learning DIY taxidermy than ever before. The latest trend is for anthropomorphic taxidermy, in which the animal is dressed in human clothes. A new course on guinea pig stuffing begins today at the Hackney City Farm in east London, costing £95 for a six-hour session, dead animals included. Students will be taught how to skin, prep, preserve, mount and position the animal, and are asked not to bring any dead animals of their own, as “ethically sourced” guinea pigs will be provided. They are also “invited to bring additional miniature items with which they might like to dress or decorate their new friend”. (more…)

Rudolph and the Redneck Santa

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Freaky Fish — You should have seen the one that got away!

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From David Emery of Urban Legends

Freaky Fish Found on a Tampa Bay Beach


Summary: Emailed photos show the carcass of a very strange fish with monstrous teeth allegedly washed up on a beach in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Circulating since: July 2006
Status: Fake

Identified in some versions of the email as a “Devil Fish,” the gruesome specimen in the preceding photographs doesn’t really exist. It’s a fine example of what is called “gaff art” “” the manufacture of sideshow artifacts or fake oddities out of the preserved body parts of real animals using taxidermy and prop-building techniques. It was first sighted in an eBay auction dated May 2006, where it was described as a “mummified sea monster corpse.” The winning bidder paid $637.

It was created by Florida artist Juan Cabana, who was also responsible for the creepy “merman or mermaid carcass” allegedly found washed up on beaches from South Africa to south Florida. (more…)