Tooth Jewelry

Two of my biggest obsessions in life are jewelry and the slightly macabre. I’ve seen many pieces of taxidermy and bone jewelry, but my absolute favorite has to be human tooth jewelry. There is just something even more creepy about wearing human bone…maybe even more in that it’s a bone we see every day.

The fact that we do see teeth everyday lends itself to become somewhat boring. It is ashame because teeth are probably some of the most ornate bones we have…which begs the question, why not make them into jewelry?!?

I’ve seen pieces tastefully done, and others not so tastefully (no pun intended)…i guess a lot of it lies in the final presentation. Simply stringing a tooth can look to “sharktooth-ish” or it might have the perfect simplistic look. It’s tryly touch and run.

Nonetheless, tooth jewelry is absolutely wonderful and can be worn anytime. It reminds me of ivory in its color and texture (probably because they’re both bone =P). Anyhow, you should try this trend…we all already are rocking it in some way ;)

-C

Pics:

http://www.thefrisky.com/2011-07-23/do-not-want-a-ring-you-can-sink-your-teeth-into/

http://www.tribalmania.com/FIJIANTOOTHNECKLACE.htm

http://lovelydeadandgone.tumblr.com/page/4

The Best Facebook Page!

First off, I must apologize for missing last Saturday!! Because it was Memorial Day weekend and I had a few extra days to myself, I lost track of time as well as the days of the week!!!

Second, congratulations are in order for A! This past week she accomplished a huge life milestone and I know I speak for all of us when I say we wish her all the best in her future endeavors and look forward to seeing what she does next!

Now, I’ll get down to the meat and bones of my post for today….

Recently I came across an amazing Facebook page that shares everything macabre and beautiful. It’s called “The Macabre and the Beautifully Grotesque”.

They do a wonderful job of constantly updating with interesting photographs and posts from many aspects of every corner of art. From taxidermy to modeling and paintings, their posts will add a new taste to your everyday Facebook browsing!

Here are some of my favorite photographs they have posted:

The Gaza Zoo

 

I have always thought that opening up a zoo of taxidermy would be a wonderful idea. Getting to touch dangerous or exotic animals would be such a mesmerizing experience! However, I recently came across a taxidermy zoo that isn’t quite as enchanting as I expected…

At the Khan Younis Zoo in the Gaza Strip, animals that die are stuffed and then put back on display. Normally, I would cringe at the usage of the word “stuffed” when discussing taxidermy; however in this case that is exactly what is done. Professional taxidermists as well as supplies are scarce here, so the animals are preserved using sawdust and formaldehyde. This grotesque method has led to the animals missing chunks of skin, eyes, and even limbs. This crude method was learned online.

This abundance of decaying animals can be in part due to the lack of veterinary attention (medical advice is given over the phone from a vet in Egypt), hunger, and the dangerous conditions associated with the Gaza Strip.

Conditions don’t improve much for the living animals. In an attempt to create a zebra display, donkeys were painted with stripes. The cages are assembled from fences that surrounded a Jewish settlement in Israel that was dismantled in 2005.

Anti-Israeli propaganda disguised as humorous human interest?

The only animals on display native to the area are the birds. All of the other animals were smuggled in.

Although it is somewhat morbid and macabre, this zoo does provide an otherwise unattainable experience for local children. Many of them would otherwise never get to experience these animals, and even in their despicable state, they are a treat to see.

-C

Photos:

http://exchangegoldforcash.com/money/u-s-government/president/2012-election/breitbart/stuffed-animals-join-live-ones-in-gaza-zoo/

http://www.3news.co.nz/Gaza-zoo-Stuffed-animals-join-live-ones/tabid/1160/articleID/251436/Default.aspx

http://www.youtube.com/blogs/id/n5Zre9kI3CQ

http://undhimmi.com/2009/10/09/friday-photo-those-evil-zebra-denying-jooz/

http://circusnospin.blogspot.com/2012/04/gaza-zoo-puts-stuffed-animals-in-cages.html

The Odd World of Television

I’ve compiled a list of five of my all-time favourite television shows (some of which I have discovered extremely recently)! All of these are slightly offbeat and odd, but I think that’s what makes them so special…

Oddities (2010-)-

I came across this show awhile ago, and have to say that it is absolutely amazing. Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn co-own an amazingly quirky antique shop, Obscura Antiques and Oddities, in New York. They sell and buy stuff from mummified body parts to sideshow memorabilia. The show also features buyer Ryan Matthew Cohn, who is extremely interesting (and has the most perfect suits!!). The eccentric customers who come into their shop are really what make this show special, however. They are constantly demonstrating their talents or sharing the most captivating of stories. (Science Network)

Oddities

American Stuffers (2012-)-

This show revolves around taxidermist Ted Ross. His shop, Xtreme Taxidermy in Romance, Arkansas, specializes in pet preservation. He works with three eclectic employees and his family. It’s heartbreaking to watch pet owners suffering the loss of their best friends, but it’s rewarding to see how meaningful it is for them to have their pets back with them again. I am also intrigued by the process that Ted uses to preserve these pets. Instead of traditional mounting (where the hide is mounted to a mold), he uses freeze drying technology that allows for the preservation of the actual, physical body. (Animal Planet)

American Stuffers cast members Joseph Phariss, Dixie Grammer, Daniel Ross and Fred Greer

Family Plots (2004-2006)-

Family Plots followed the family running Poway Bernardo Mortuary in Poway , California. Although the show mostly chronicled the running of the home and the relationships within the family, it also gave viewers into the “mysterious” world of the funeral business. It is extremely interesting for me, for I am considering going into the funeral business, but really is enchanting for anyone. Although this show has not run for a few years, episodes can still be found online if you try to dig them up (oh…bad joke). (A&E Network)

Mysteries at the Museum (2011-)-

This show relays the history of numerous artifacts in multiple museums. Some include shrunken heads at the Mütter Museum, the damage caused by a hydrogen bomb at the National Museum of Nuclear Science History, and even Marilyn Monroe’s Pill Box. I really enjoy the fact that with this show you get to truly understand each individual artifact, because sometimes it is burdensome and awkward to read tiny plaques in front of things. Every episode is unique and extremely interesting. (Travel Channel)

10 Things You Don’t Know About (2012-) –

Taglined as “What your textbooks never told you,” this show shares some interesting facts about history’s best known people. For example, did you know that Benjamin Franklin was a suspected serial killer, that Mormons built Las Vegas, or that Abraham Lincoln slept with men? Historian David Eisenbach shares some of history’s best kept secrets. (H2)

Looking through this list that I’ve compiled, I’m realizing that some of these shows seem rather macabre… but maybe that’s just what I’m into haha. The hipster in me is sad that these types of shows and interests are becoming more and more “mainstream”, but at the same time, I’m so happy that these topics are being opened up to a broader audience.

-C

Photo Credits:

http://www.donewyork.com/shopping/listing/obscura-antiques-oddities/

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/oddities/bios.html

http://m.arkansasonline.com/news/2012/jan/01/arkansan-turns-taxidermy-work-starring-ro-20120101/

http://www.poptower.com/american-stuffers.htm

http://reality-tv.findthebest.com/l/444/Family-Plots

http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/mysteries-at-the-museum/photos/la-raid-bioterror-automaton

http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/

Kittens Having Tea and Squirrels Dueling

Although I could never hope to be as eloquent as my splendid counterpart (A), I’m going to try to entertain you with a new outlook on an ancient art. Taxidermy.

Now, please be warned: I am no animal activist nor am I some barbaric killing machine. I’m simply trying to bring light on the often overlooked beauty of taxidermy. It is much more than some overstuffed cadaver meant to hang in a pompous gentleman’s smoking lounge.

Most of us have seen the traditional deer head mounted on a mahogany base. But that is more of a remedial example of how exquisite taxidermy can be. What about kittens having a tea party? Squirrels having a sword fight? Or even a chair made out of sheep. This new (although it is just as old as traditional taxidermy), revived style of taxidermy is called rogue taxidermy and is opening up what was once a stuffy and pretentious collection up to a new generation and market.

As defined by Wikipedia (the most trustworthy dictionary haha), rogue taxidermy is “the creation of stuffed animals which do not have real, live counterparts.” I cannot argue this. Never in my life have I met a sword-bearing squirrel ready for a duel. But I can argue the idea that this is not real taxidermy. Because many pieces of rogue taxidermy are “hybrids” of unrealistic animals and often used in sideshows and the like, it is often frowned upon. To me, the creative genus needed to even consider such an outrageous concept is worth admiring. These “hybrids” of taxidermy are what taxidermy is truly meant for: a representation of a once living thing in a form that will both outlive its mortal life and also demonstrate what the animal stood for in life.

Animals are fun. That is why we adore them. It is as simple as that. The “fun-ness” (for lack of a better word) is why people love rogue taxidermy. It’s not just a trophy of death, but rather a celebration of life. This art is little known (in comparison to many other phenomenons), but with the growing popularity of vintage and antique, I assume that a love for taxidermy will soon catch on.

Most people are shocked to find out that I, a traditional young lady with a quirky sense of formal fashion and a love for Victorian etiquette, am obsessed with taxidermy and everything obscure. Don’t be fooled by the strangeness of this art – it is much more common for a squirrel to fight than for young boys to be sitting at home in front of a lit up screen pretending to be soldiers in “Modern Warfare.”

-C

Gorgeous pics:

http://www.jsheainteriors.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/creepy_sheep_chair.jpg

http://loveoftea.tumblr.com/post/3380614881/kitten-tea-party-bit-crowded

http://mrtopp.com/2011/04/14/the-morning-coffee-in-an-alternate-ellen-page-format/