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Just another taxidermy stamp by Lupen202 Just another taxidermy stamp by Lupen202
Updated 8/8/2012; I'm sorry! My watchers are probably sick of my stamps, but this is the last one. I promise, lol.


Been bored lately, and I had fun making my two previous stamps so... yeah... ended up making yet another pro-taxidermy stamp. If anyone has any requests for a stamp, I'd be willing to do another one too. As I said, having fun doing them and it's not like I have anything else to do xD

This ones just another simple one that says "Taxidermy; life after death." because that's really what taxidermy is all about. Preserving the beauty the animal had in life, and giving it almost a "second life", or, a life after death by making them so lifelike.

Taxidermy isn't disgusting. It isn't cruel. Taxidermy doesn't even have anything to do with the killing of the animal mounted. All that taxidermy is, is an art form that uses the fur or skin of an already deceased animal to make something beautiful, instead of letting it rot away and go to waste.

Feel free to post and voice your opinions on the subject, I actually like hearing others thoughts on taxidermy as long as it is said in a calm manner... All I ask is that you don't act like a five year old and flame me over this. I respect you and your opinion, now respect mine.

Photo I used is by Wildlife Artist, one of the most amazing taxidermists IMO. [link]
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stolen-foxes Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017
I know this sounds 'new-agey', but I think that when we create taxidermy, we are honoring the earthly remains of the animal and preserving its beauty.
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BlazingCourageXx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Using!
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Kimba-417 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015
I support taxidermy as long as the animal died naturally. If somebody shot it just to do this, then no, I hate it.

(cute lynx, btw)
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Mistwolf4 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Artist
I really don't care about Taxidermy as long as the animal died from a natural death, was found dead, or was killed quickly. But I really don't like it because it creeps the shit outta me. 
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Meerkatmatt2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Would a single shot to the head count as a quick death.
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K-O-T-E Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student General Artist
In my opinion, no. Killing it just to stuff it is inhumane. I dunno what Mistwolf4's opinion is, I just wanted to share mine.





(Yes, I know this is a super late reply)
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TheMaverickk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have nothing against taxidermy. I'd rather a fur be put to good use then be discarded and wasted.

I don't really like it when an animal is killed purely for It's pelt. If an animal has to die for someone to get its fur, I'd rather it was natural causes or a road accident, not a bullet.
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Lupen202 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I don't understand why people think the motive is so important.  As long as the animal is used and not wasted, why does it truly matter whether the animal was killed for meat, for fur, for fun or on accident?

Usually taxidermy is just a byproduct anyways. Sure, some people might trap for the fur, to sell for clothing mainly... But most taxidermy animals are byproducts of population culling. This is especially true with coyotes and foxes.
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TheMaverickk Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All I was trying to say was, I generally have no problems with taxidermy, but I'm not too keen on the idea of fur farms, but of no-one told me how which tail was acquired, I'd be none the wiser.
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PoachersGirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice. :)
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Wolvenmare Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm aware I'm years late to the party, but I remember seeing taxidermy in museums before. I saw it as a little freaky, but pretty neat as well. Of course, I was raised on some ideas that taxidermy was gross and wrong as a child. It just began to appeal to me more and more and after stumbling upon certain taxidermists' pieces after trying to forget it and that it felt weird and wrong. I'm not sure if I truly like it, but the concept is something would stands out to me. Death is weird to me, but I do enjoy the idea of preserving life since rotting corpses do not sound fun to live in. I seen enough buried-alive scenes that it bugs me.

Some of my family members aren't a fan of taxidermy because stuffed animals bug them, but a few others are willing to let me go through this phase. I can see the art in creating something from dead animals, and it gives me something to think about. I done a little bit of sculpting (which I need to practice with) and I studied some anatomy to role-play a realistic animal. I know it will require a lot more than that. It's an argument I use since they're aware I love art - I draw a lot and all sorts of lovely things. I find it close to an alternative where I get to work with animals (in spite that they're dead) since blood makes me queasy hence why my dream of trying to pursue a Vet life is out of the question.

I agree with the other comments here. It's not cruel if you purchase from a good source of where the person got it (aka, not fur farms - though I only heard horror stories on it). It can be pretty gross to some, but beauty is in eye of the beholder.

I love animals. Their fur is beautiful to look at. Unfortunately, I'm a meat-eater, but does that make me a bad person? If you eat animals, it's your life. I'm not going to judge. I may be surprised, but that's just me being weird. I love wolves, but if they're mounted for taxidermy, go for it!

I hope I can go into taxidermy someday, if I end up truly liking it, and join in with the others. I wish I can start out with a soft mount first since it's good practice to adjust to one living in the household after studying real mounts up close in time. A wolf one would be great, but coyotes are definitely pretty neat to own as well.
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Egglings Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I like the stamp, I think it looks awesome, but I'd have to disagree. Stuffing a carcass just doesn't seem like art to me :T
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Lupen202 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not just "stuffing a carcass". I really don't see how it can't be art. I understand if people don't agree with it, but the majority of anti-fur members see it as an art form. It's not just throwing a hide on a foam form. Like I've told many many people, you need to know anatomy, sculpt, etc. It takes a lot of skill to make a piece of leather and foam look alive.
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Egglings Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Now I see. Thank you for explaining.
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Atrieisan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this stab actually. It's such a simple saying, but it means a lot.
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Rafeefleas Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
still, i want a taxidermy fox...
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Rafeefleas Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
life after death? yeah...one thing, THEY DON'T MOVE.

Taxidermy still creeps me out no mater what.
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Lupen202 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course they don't move. But taxidermy is like giving them a second life or a life after death by making them so lifelike. By taking a fur pelt, aka leather and making it into something beautiful.

And I don't get how it can creep you out, and you don't like it, yet you want a taxidermy fox...?
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Rafeefleas Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep, i changed my mind, i...saw some pictures of a taxidermy fox, and somehow...i want one.
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qbark Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Taxidermy is spiffy.
The well done ones freak me the hell out at first when I see em, though, but then I'm like "holy fuck that's neat"
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NightlyTerror Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student General Artist
YES SIR EEE TIS STAMP IS RIGHT

AND I'M HIGH
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The paramedics had to enter my dorm room yesterday after I went into shock over an allergic reaction to peanuts. All 6 of them looked quite terrified by the numerous pelts and skulls and tails I've got lying around. But I explained that it's a part of what I love, and that taxidermy is not about the death of the animals - it's about giving them new life.

Western Civilization has given such a negative view to the concept of death. We fear it as if it's something gross and repulsive, and yet many other cultures feel that it's simply the beginning of something new and wonderful. Given that I've nearly died twice in under two weeks' time, I tend to agree with the latter. :D
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Paramedics were scared of skulls... :lol: Whenever I see medical personnel of any kind getting weirded out by bones, I can't help but laugh at them.
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I thought the same thing to myself. All these body parts in here are not much different from the kinds of stuff they work with every day. The only difference is that I don't have fur or horns or big pointy teeth! :D
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I mean, I can understand people jumping at the sight of a taxidermied wolf or something because they mistake it for a living animal at first... but a skull? :lol: NOBODY IS AFRAID OF BONES COME ON
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Lupen202 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, glad you're alright. But I have had something like that happen to me, too. Only it was with the police and it was because our alarm went off early in the morning, and we didn't know if someone had broken in or not. And my mother, being as cautious as she is, had the police come over to check it out instead of just looking around the house ourselves. Anyways, they actually jumped a bit when they saw my giant wolf mount in my room, and all the other taxidermy related items (Which was a bit funny I'll admit). Sense I'm pretty shy in real life though I didn't explain it to them.

I don't really think they were all that hateful towards it though, or grossed out for that matter. Think the only reason they jumped was because that's probably not the best thing to see when walking into a dark room looking for an intruder... plus, it was when I was still living in TX, and people there are usually a bit more accepting and familiar with hunting and taxidermy I think.

It is quite sad though that so many people do find it so gross and repulsive. I'm sure a lot of it is has to do with misunderstandings. For example... I once talked to someone who thought that the animal's real eyes were used, or that the organs and such were still inside the mount, but the chemicals used preserved them. After explaining that all that taxidermy mounts consisted of were foam and leather, and that the eyes were glass, they didn't think of it as "gross" anymore. They still didn't really approve of it though.

That's why I always take the time to at least try and educate some of the anti-taxidermy/anti-hunting people who comment on my submissions or page. Even though some people still view it as disrespectful, disgusting and cruel after I explain it to them, more have begun to at least accept and view it as an art form.

Hope everything I said made sense. Extremely tired ...
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That makes perfect sense. I wear a pair of rings made from taxidermy glass eyes, and it still freaks people out all the time. The paramedics in the ambulance that drove me to the hospital from the crash site saw my rings and nearly jumped when they pulled back the sweatshirt I'd wrapped my arm in.

I've got several foam forms in my room that I use for molding headdresses on, and I've found that they're very helpful to have around, because it makes it easier to explain taxidermy to people who are not familiar with it.

My friend Daniel, who pulled me from the car after the crash, first became my friend when he walked into my room and began asking all about the skins and pelts I was working with at the time. Now, he hardly minds taking a nap on the jackal skin blanket that covers my bed, and thinks it's funny rather than strange that I run around in the woods at night wearing a coyote skin headdress. Most of my friends likewise find it amusing. The only place I really have any issues with anti-taxidermy folks is here on the internet and occasionally from the local vegans. But I live in the Hippy Capitol of the USA, so I'm used to it! :D
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Anto009 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
OH MY SUPERMAN I luuurve you! My sister is anti-taxidermy, and so are many of my friends, because they say it's cruel and gross, and USELESS. WTF

I've finally found something totally awesome to tell them why taxidermy is marvellous. Because, they can say "I prefer to go and see them alive, so yeah", but a few months ago I saw a goura victoria, a cougar and many other rarer animals (Rarer as in, not even from the same hemisphere xD) preserved in that way, and that's something they'll probably never see in their lives unless they're in a museum
I even have myself a piranha, a seahorse, a half-a-tortoise and an armadillo in taxydermy, and I use them to scare my friends, they freak out lol, wusses :icondignitylaughplz:
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Lupen202 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol xD My whole family isn't exactly pro-taxidermy either.. but I think most of them at least try to accept it. They mostly just ignore it though... but I don't understand how people think it's cruel. Gross... eh. Dead animal, I some-what understand that. But how is it cruel?

And a pirahna? (Or however it's spelled) Awesome :) I have two seahorses too, they're so cute ^^ and aside from the fur pelts I have posted on here, I have a leopard shark, an ostrich and emu egg and a shark tooth, if that counts. The leopard sharks pretty neat I think.
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Kawaii-Hipster Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha lol I love to freak out my vegetarian/vegan friends with my dead stuff too:XD: Makes me smile:iconimhappyplz:
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AislingPeryton Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Is vegetarian and loves taxidermy* :iconderpfaceplz:
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