Awesome person of the day: Walter Potter
Walter Potter was an English taxidermist known for his Victorian whimsy rather than his taxidermy skills. He never set out to become a taxidermist, but grew into one to preserve the world as he wanted to see it. At 19, Potter’s pet canary died and thus began his life’s work of preserving animals. He did not simply stuff deceased animals, he created some of the most elaborate and large scale taxidermy dioramas to date. In fact, if it were just for his taxidermy skills, his animals may not be worth much; lucky for us, his dioramas are fanciful, quirky, bizarre and entirely unique.
Unfortunately his work belongs to private collectors now but you can find photos of his scenes like these online:
that squirrel forgot his smoking jacket
i had a teacher like that once
layin it down with the sax
So here’s to Walter Potter for making all his fantastical ideas come to life…er.. not to life, but yeah. you get it.
If you’ve come into the shop, you might have noticed our little taxidermy critters scattered about. They never get the love they deserve so I just wanted to give them a little shout out today! You can take them home with you too if you fall in love with one or three, just ask!
I’m mildly (read: religiously) obsessed with this ad: Ojai Taxidermy
…Aw, you hate it. (NOPE! Ya don’t!) And while I firmly believe living things should keep on living their happy lives if possible, I’m a little crushy on badass taxidermy. We have a few creatures in the store…
They maaaay or may not be getting valentines from me this year. (“I’m stuffed with love for you! Be mine!”)
But there are some hard core taxidermists out there in the world. Makin’ dead animalz look all pretty n s***. (We see you Necromance, Deyrolle, MaryaZoya, Custom Creature…)
Rabbit ears. Bows are so last season.
Cleopatra Cat. Cleocatra?
Who’s angry about crabs!
*Skunks totally look like this in Los Feliz… (Well, I’m sure they both smell the same!)
GAH! Too much! Too much!
I could not drink that booze. And that is saying a lot.
I feel like we’ve shared something today. Something furry and formaldehyde-y.