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 near Rochester, New York, under Bill Anderson in 2012. In NYC, John Youngaitis of Cypress Hills Taxidermy in Queens, NY, has been a mentor of sorts. 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, and continues working at his shop.
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 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, as can be seen on our Press page.
We do wholesale and taxidermy fabrication for the Evolution Store in Manhattan, Paxton Gate in San Francisco, and Kanibal & Co. in downtown Jersey City, NJ, and many others. Freeze-dry pieces are made in coordination with Buckshot Taxidermy’s Pets Forever by Mark or by Andrea Huntley at Freeze Dry by C & Co. The more intricate anthropomorphic taxidermy clothing and props, such as the Beetlejuice and Lydia mouse outfits, are handmade by our good friend and award-winning puppeteer and professional puppet builder Sarah Frechette, founder of Puppetkabob in Portland, OR.
As part of New Jersey's Garden State Taxidermists Association, we follow and support ethical guidelines with respect to animal welfare. None of the animals we use 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, deceased pets, donated animals that died of natural causes, and various other sources.