Crap Taxidermy

Crap Taxidermy

by Kat Su


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A humorous look at what happens when taxidermy goes terribly wrong, by the founder of the hit website

A relaxed toad enjoying a smoke and a brew. A cat with eerily flexible front legs. A smiling lion with receding gums. Whether you choose to laugh or cringe at these spectacularly bad attempts at taxidermy, you won't be able to tear your eyes away from the curiosities inside. This volume brings together the very best of the worst (along with a DIY "Stuff Your Own Mouse" lesson by an Insect Preparator from the American Museum of Natural History), showcasing the most perverse yet imaginative anatomical reconstructions of the animal kingdom you'll ever see.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607748205
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 278,731
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

KAT SU is the creator of the popular Tumblr, an activewear designer, and now a reluctant amateur taxidermist residing in NYC.

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Crap Taxidermy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
byLuluwithLove More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun, little, photo book! Full of images of taxidermy gone wrong, you can't help but laugh at most of them, and shake her head at a few. The very first image you see is of an overly excited fox that looks like he recently stepped out of a tumblr meme, followed by an equally cheerful lioness who looks happy to show you her vast martial arts movie collection. What's really great is that it doesn't focus solely on the tragic looking mounts that must have been created by either the blind or inexperienced, but also sneaks a glance into the world of weird and taxidermy art, which is something I truly love. We get cute looking mice playing poker and a mousy Clark Kent, which did creep me out a bit if only because showing the Superman S shirt would require a Clark Kent mouse to rip his flesh off. That aside, it's all truly so amusing and such a great conversation starter, this book would make a fantastic addition to any coffee table, or as a cheap stocking stuffer for that lover of anthropomorphic memes you casually acquaint with in life.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Kat Su's new gift book, Crap Taxidermy, is among the funniest books I have read in a long time. This small sized hardcover book, featuring the worst possible taxidermy attempts on public display would make the perfect gift for anyone into alternative humor or art. This eccentric and unique book features tasteless and hideous specimens of stuffed animals, created and designed by clueless, and talentless amateurish individuals. Using satire and humor, Kat Su makes fun of these works of "art". Grouped by categories, this book organized these poorly stuffed animals by the most obvious features. For example, "It's In The Eyes", features taxidermy animals whose eyes are weird, creepy, unrealistic or in some fashion, less than realistic. You will see a rustic looking tabby cat with glassy, aqua marbles for eyes- similar to the clear aqua fish rocks sold in pet stores to decorate fish tanks. There is one animal, an owl, that actually has plastic google eyes. In the section, titled "Dynamic poses", you will find animals presented in such unrealistic impossible posses that you will never know for sure if the scene is a mockery or is intentional. For example, a display in New Zealand features a trio of hunched opossums eating leaves in a replica of their "natural habitat". The author has explored the globe, literally, to bring to the reader, these unusual finds. Some of these animals appear to be so old and worn from age, that they are broken, musty, moldy, mangled, torn or decrepit. Most zoological or museum displays would have long tossed them out in favor of new, fresh display animals. The skill of these displays and taxidermy is reminiscent of a grade school project gone bad. I felt some of these displays would look more at home at a first grade science fair than at a museum or wherever public display they are actual at. For anyone in need of a good laugh or anyone who just wants to see something that is just unbelievably weird or creepy, this would make a good book. Su's book is the perfect comic relief no matter who you are or what your life circumstances may be. Give this book to your eccentric relative or to someone you know who is having a difficult time and needs a good laugh. I think this book is perfect for all audiences and readers. As a blogger I received this book published by Ten Speed Press, a registered trademark of Random House LLC.