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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Taxidermy is the new awesome

Okay. I am posting this at the risk of offending all the animal lovers out there. This is not to say that I am not an animal lover. I just happen to be okay with taxidermy. I actually think it is pretty cool. If you would like to complain about it, don't tell me. I am sure there are plenty of people over at www.wekillstuffforfuneveryday.com that would love to hear what you have to say.

I took a 3 hour class at Paxton Gate on basic taxidermy tonight. Paxton Gate is one of my favorite Mission shops, full of carniverous plants, pinned insects, weird bones and fossils, and of course, taxidermied masterpieces.

You know that you are in the right place for taxidermy class when you walk in and see these on the walls:


I sat down and thought, "cute! gift bags." Gift bags with a dead mouse inside.



Jeanie M is the teacher of the class, and she says that she can crank out dozens of these cute mice every week. She doesn't just stuff mice - she stuffs them and poses them and dresses them up in itty bitty stuffed mouse clothing.














She gave the demo first. Since we had all signed up for the class voluntarily, it was obvious that none of us really had weak stomachs, so one of the girls had to prove that her stomach was even stronger than normal by eating a burrito during the taxidermy demonstration. Okay, okay. We get it. Scalpels and guts don't even phase you one bit. Great. Now I will think of dead mice any time I smell a steak burrito.


My little mouse was so cute. For the record(if there is one), all these mice come from a store called East Bay Vivarium where they sell frozen mice to feed to snakes. So this little guy was either going to get ingested by some reptile, or immortalized in my apartment, so if you think of it that way he isnt getting too bad of a deal.

Disecting a mouse was not as bad as I thought it might be. No blood. No loose internal organs. It was just like handling raw chicken or something, and the little skin just peels right away so you can stuff it with this cotton mold we made.


here is my little guy, all pinned and ready to dry. I have to think of something to dress him in, quick. Any ideas?

If anyone is interested, Fecal Face does a semi-detailed tutorial on "How to Stuff a Mouse" (beware - graphic photos of mouse guts abound) if you want the gory details of how to do it yourself. Or you can come to my house. I will be conducting classes at our kitchen table a few nights a week.

30 Comments:

  • At 11:05 PM, Blogger bets said…

    omg. omg. omg.

     
  • At 11:19 PM, Blogger emily said…

    hmm.... dress him up like an X. that'd be fun, right? I know, I know, the hard part would be choosing which ones, the dirty rats. :)

     
  • At 11:37 PM, Blogger dävid said…

    please dress him up like a sister missionary.

    with white nylons and a jumper. just like the ones you used to wear.

     
  • At 12:18 AM, Blogger Cindy said…

    Okay, that's the most awesome thing I've ever seen. You should dress him up like Kirk. Ha! That would be funny.

    I'm going to post something within the next week that directly relates to this post that was inspired by this post.

     
  • At 8:55 AM, Blogger bets said…

    Is that one girl eating a burrito during taxidermy class? Sick.

    Also, roommate? Where are you putting that thing in our apartment?

     
  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger bex said…

    betsy. are you just looking at the pictures on our blog and not reading it? i was all "eyeroll" at the burrito girl too.

    and i was thinking that your pillow would be the perfect place for this little frankenmouse to live.

    the rest of you - brilliant costume ideas. sister missionary is pretty great. though i would be obligated to get her a companion ...

     
  • At 9:25 AM, Anonymous aaron said…

    i went to that store once, if my memory serves me correctly.

    dress your mouse like ted theodore logan.

     
  • At 9:29 AM, Blogger jordan said…

    that is the grossest thing I've ever thought of.

     
  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger bex said…

    jordan. i promise there are so many grosser things to think about.

    you did go, aaron. because it is close to the fetus-mug thrift store and 826 valencia. and i am pretty sure you had the time of your life there.

    lou. i am excited to see what you have to post that is related to this one.

     
  • At 10:18 AM, Blogger Steph said…

    I do love the sister missionary idea. hilarious. but you're right that you'd have to get her a companion. what about dressing it like a troll? what I'm really curious about is why you signed up for a class like that. let me know when its finished; i'd love to come see it.

     
  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Broek said…

    Dress him up as a PETA protestor or a lab doctor/scientist. Jokes on us then.

     
  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger jordan said…

    I like Paxton's Gate but in a "this is a cool and creepy store" way. Not in a "I want to bring this into my house and even learn a new skill" way.

    It really is the grossest thing I've ever thought of. Ever.

     
  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger MissEm said…

    Wow! This is awesome? I vote for dressing your mouse like Angelina Ballerina.

     
  • At 1:24 PM, Blogger emily said…

    it looks like it's throwing out a gang sign.

     
  • At 1:50 PM, Blogger miggy said…

    You should have a Project Runway style contest and see who can design the best mouse costume. (My costume would be very Mickey inspired. . . white gloves yellow shoes, etc).

     
  • At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Suzy said…

    This is very sad to me. Do you have a name for him Bex? He deserves a name.

     
  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger Manfoom said…

    the mouse should be wearing a tortilla and a little sombrero (and maybe drenched in a little lime-cilantro dressing). No he shouldn't be wearing the tortilla, but rather bursting forth from a burrito like an alien from it's human womb.

    that'll teach the burrito eater.

     
  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    i think you should name him suri.

     
  • At 10:23 PM, Blogger dävid said…

    i also like the idea of putting little goggles on him, leather jacket and a white scarf... turn him into a bi-plane fighter pilot.

    and a fedora is screaming at me, but i'm not sure what else. perhaps a dickie and some cowboy boots?

     
  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Aluwicious said…

    ok, i think you guys have gotten a bit outlandish. very creepy. i'm not buying it. nope, not awesome in the least bit.

     
  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger bets said…

    don't say "you guys." say "bex."

     
  • At 12:05 AM, Blogger English said…

    I envision a sinister mustache and cape, and top hat.

     
  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger kat said…

    becca, please will you post pictures of your little mousie when she's all dressed?

     
  • At 11:20 AM, Anonymous John.r said…

    ...how could you not dress him as one of the mouse-eating lizard-people-aliens disguised as a human from the '80s mini-series "V"? You know, red MJ "Thriller" suit, little hat, wrap-around shades, laser-gun. Oh man, now i wish i'd joined this class too!

    The only way that Betsy would like him is if you dressed him as Fievel Mousekewitz from "An American Tail." filthy.

     
  • At 6:06 PM, Blogger marshall p said…

    THAT IS SO AWESOME! I'm actually jealous. You could dress him as a peek-a-poo. so he could be totally inside another animal's skin with a little string coming out the top.

    or a fireman. a tiny mouse fireman.

     
  • At 12:15 AM, Blogger aisy said…

    this cracks me up... much like this museum in a small town in my home province. it got peta folks all in an uproar. i guess they have no idea how prolific gophers are in alberta.

    it's a shame i've never actually gone there... maybe one day.

     
  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger paul said…

    dress him up like jack white and he can be mascot to everyone who thinks they might not make it through the harsh winter.

     
  • At 11:27 PM, Blogger TracyG said…

    What? How?
    This is oh so totally random and funny and I couldn't be more excited that you documented it.
    Let's see, I vote you dress it in a mini chanel suit, large glasses, and a big hat. Either that or watch an American Tale or the Secret of Nimb for inspiration.

     
  • At 2:47 PM, Blogger eped said…

    what an intriguing place!

    a plain naked mouse standing on your shelf would be much more awesome than a plaid or mohawked one. also, you wouldn't be as terrible a person. cause, you know, something lived in there one time.

     
  • At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i love you.

    and i love your mouse.

     

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