Diamond Tooth Taxidermy
Tell us about your business.I started practicing taxidermy while working as a window dresser in Philadelphia back in 2001. Seeing birds that had flown into windows laying motionless on the sidewalk broke my heart, knowing they would just be stepped on or over and their magnificence largely unnoticed by passersby. After ten years of practicing self taught taxidermy I went on to receive my formal training, and from the very start I was compelled to put every animal on my head. I want to share the essence and beauty of these creatures with the world and not restrict them to a wall or pedestal. While I do produce my share of commercial taxidermy and pet preservation, the wearable aspect is undeniably my specialty. I am largely motivated by costume and presentation of one's self as a means of expression and that is largely translated through my body of work.
What makes your business stand out?I adhere to a strict code of ethics by only using specimen that have expired naturally or for food, and infuse each piece with my own emotion and energy. My fingerprints are all over ever step of the process, from sourcing the raw material to skinning, tanning, mounting, onto packaging and marketing.
What's the best business advice you've received?If you love it, keep doing what you're doing; someday someone will notice.
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