Brooklyn Taxidermy is a Greenpoint, Brooklyn-based taxidermist and entomology art studio owned and operated by Amber Maykut and staff. Amber trained at Anderson's Whitetail Taxidermy School in upstate New York, under Bill Anderson in 2012. Following this, she found a local NYC mentor, John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy in Queens, NY. At Wildlife Preservations taxidermy studio in NJ, Amber took lessons from George Dante and John Bollman, the go-to taxidermists for NYC's American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian. At the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Amber interned in the special exhibitions/fabrication department and studied the art of the diorama under Tom Doncourt. At Buckshot Taxidermy in Sussex, NJ, she became certified in bird and mammal taxidermy after completing training and apprenticeship under award-winning taxidermist, Mark Van Leuven.
Brooklyn Taxidermy’s 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, and Amber Maykut has been profiled in The Guardian, Hearst Digital Media's BestProducts.com, Oxygen TV's In Progress, Discovery Science's TV series Oddities, and more. Notable clientele of the studio has included John Waters, Julien Schnabel, Neal Patrick Harris, Nick Jonas, and many others.
We do wholesale and taxidermy fabrication for the Evolution Store in Manhattan, Paxton Gate in San Francisco, The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, and Kanibal & Co. in downtown Jersey City, NJ. Other stockists have included: In God We Trust, Obscura Antiques and Oddities, Schafmayer & Company, Eclectic Collectibles and Antiques, Black Gold Records, Bazaar Baltimore, 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, Generation Records, Black Gold 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.
As part 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, we follow and support ethical guidelines with respect to animal welfare. None of the animals used to create 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.
For more info or inquiries, please contact us via the Contact Page or: BrooklynTaxidermy at gmail dot com