Posts Tagged ‘taxidermy’

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Dia de los Muertos

November 2, 2010

Much as I utterly love Halloween, I’ve always just been the teeniest bit more intrigued by the Dia de los Muertos, with all the sugar skulls and other trappings. There seems to be a spirit to the holiday that I’d love to experience properly. I love the idea of celebrating one’s ancestors in a fun, humourous way, rather than it being the vaguely morbid affair that the All Souls’ Day celebrations tend to be in other countries.

I also really enjoy the fact that all the scariness is taken out of skulls and skeletons,  and that they’re made into something fun and cartoon-y instead. I’m sure there could still be sinister doings afoot during a Dia de los Muertos celebration (in fact I fervently hope there have been, because that would be awesome) but at the same time the way the decorations are done enures that the atmosphere is festive rather than creepy.

Non-sequiteur point being, I’m a big fan of these photos by  John Rees.  I think the styling of the models is great, and the story of the shoot makes me oh so happy.

I love this one… it’s rather terrifying until you look at it closely and realise what she is. Such a contrast to the warmth of some of the other ones.

Happy Dia de los Muertos!

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For all your back-woods bordello needs.

May 4, 2009

I know that the fauxidermy trend is soooooo last year or whatever, (yes, you have license to kill me with eye rolls for that entire phrase) and that I’m showing how I’m not all hep to the ebb and flow of the cutting edge of ironic home decor, but I do really dig this felt bunny head from Girl Savage. I feel that it would make a fine addition to my collection of Random Junk up on my wall.

feltidermy[Bunny Rabbit 41 Feltidermy]

This carved deer head is also rather cool. I quite like the colour… would add a marvellous touch of modern-hunting-lodge-cum-bordello to any interior. Precisely what I’m looking for in any objet that crosses my path. I always like to look at things and see if they’ll give my living quarters just that je-ne-sais-quoi that is the trademark of the back-country hooker.

Weird phrasing brought on by weird mood aside, I actually do think this head is a cool take on the trend. fauxidermy-2[Life Size Handpainted Faux Deer Head by I heart Sammi]

These two here by Snew aren’t to my personal taste, but I do find them just plain funny:

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And this final one I thought was really cool until I became squicked out by the fact that it was a real taxidermied bunny. I’m cool with meat and (selfishly, guiltily) cool with fur, but actual dead animals I can’t deal with. If you’re not like me and can get over the vague creepiness, I think these are really cool. Just not for my walls.

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[Bunny Hold My Jewels by Mary Beth’s Art]