The Woman Who Shot Elephants for America's Natural History Museums

Delia Akeley is probably best remembered as a "wife-of," having spent two decades married to famed taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley. But Delia was a fascinating adventurer in her own right, an early primatologist, anthropologist studying the pygmy peoples of Belgian Congo, and skilled museum-backed… » 11/17/13 1:26pm 11/17/13 1:26pm

Worth It: Magic Pants Made From Human Skin

Sometimes, my problems feel so cliched. Am I happy? Am I loving and supporting those I care about in a way that they deserve? Will I die alone? And most importantly, how can I enhance my own magical powers when I am not personally all that magically gifted? Thankfully, the answer to my final question has been… » 10/25/13 1:00pm 10/25/13 1:00pm

Don't Pierce The Shitbag: Adventures in Taxidermy

I was psyched when Brooklyn Tattoo artist and taxidermy artist
Sue Jeiven invited me to her Greenpoint apartment for a private class in anthropomorphic taxidermy—the preparation and display of dead animals in an humanlike elaborate mise-en-scene, complete with tiny human accoutrements and frocks. (All of the animals… » 2/09/13 6:00pm 2/09/13 6:00pm

Immortalize Is Like 'Project Runway for Taxidermy'

Here's a show where people take dead animal carcasses and turn them into jaunty hats. In contest form! Just like you were asking for! Finally! I honestly love seeing the nuts and bolts of how people do their jobs—particularly people who are genuinely good at stuff—so I am not tired at all of the current TV trend of… » 1/29/13 7:00pm 1/29/13 7:00pm

Finally, Someone Figured Out How to Make a Helicopter Out of a Dead Cat

Approximately one half year ago, Orville, the pet tabby cat of Dutch artist Bart Jansen, sadly met his end when he was struck by a car. "We were very sad, and we mourned for a couple of days," says Jansen. "But then I thought we'd make a tribute to his name, and honor him by making him fly." » 6/07/12 12:30pm 6/07/12 12:30pm