I am a Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based taxidermist and entomology artist. My first formal taxidermy training was at Anderson's Whitetail Taxidermy School in upstate New York, where I studied under Bill Anderson in 2012. Following this I found a mentor in John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy, in Queens, NY. At the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, I interned in the special exhibitions/fabrication department and studied the art of the diorama under Tom Doncourt. At Buckshot Taxidermy in Sussex, NJ, I became certified in bird and mammal taxidermy after completing training under Mark Van Leuven. I've also taken lessons from John Bollman from Wildlife Preservations Taxidermy in NJ, the go-to taxidermist for NYC's American Museum of Natural History. I have produced a sizable body of taxidermy work over the years, much of which I owe to my fantastic teachers!
My work has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, The LA Times, VICE Magazine, National Geographic, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, TimeOut NY, and many other print and online publications. I was profiled on The Guardian, Hearst Digital Media's BestProducts.com, Oxygen TV's In Progress, Discovery Science's TV series Oddities, and others. I also created custom taxidermy mice for cult film director John Waters.
I am an artist and fabricator for the Evolution Store in Manhattan. Since 2013, I've been the taxidermy and entomology maker/buyer/supplier and class instructor for Kanibal & Co. in downtown Jersey City, NJ. I worked extensively with Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum; as taxidermy class teacher, taxidermist-in-residence, and featured artist in their exhibitions, web store, cafe & gift shop, and markets. I contributed an essay on taxidermy to their book, The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, which was published in hardcover in 2014, and again in 2015. Elsewhere in NYC, my work has been sold via: In God We Trust, Obscura Antiques and Oddities, Schafmayer & Company, Eclectic Collectibles and Antiques, Exhibit Salon, Rose Red & Lavender, Dolly G's Vintage / Known to Man, 3rd Ward, the Observatory, the Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg's Artists and Fleas, The Oddities Flea, Co-op 87 Records, Black Gold Records, Generation Records, Fly Rite Tattoo, Saved Tattoo, Five Points Tattoo, and many others. Many of the more intricate anthropomorphic taxidermy pieces, such as the mice dressed in various outfits with props, are handmade collaborations with award-winning professional puppet builder and artist Sarah Frechette, founder of Puppetkabob in Portland, OR. Sarah is a master of miniatures, and creates many of the small-scale designs and handmade clothes and props that dapperly decorate the menagerie.
As a member of the board of directors for New Jersey's Garden State Taxidermists Association, as well as a member of the New England Association of Taxidermists, I follow and support ethical guidelines with respect to animal welfare. None of the animals used to create my taxidermy pieces were harmed or killed for the sake of taxidermy; their deaths are not related to the art. Depending on the circumstances, the pieces are variously sourced from: butcher/sustenance remains, utilized roadkill, discarded livestock, destroyed nuisance animals, feeder animals, repurposed vintage pieces, or donated animals that died of natural causes.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, ideas, rentals, events, commissions, etc via the contact page or: BrooklynTaxidermy at gmail dot com